24 Mar '12, 10pm

NASA Earth Observato El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve, Mexico: Shrubs, dunes, mangroves, and salt mines mingle in t...

Midway down the Baja California Peninsula lies a wildlife reserve that the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has declared a World Heritage site. Encompassing two lagoons and a large stretch of land between them, El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve provides a winter home for gray whales and other marine mammals, and habitat for thousands of migratory waterfowl. Plant life in the reserve includes Sonoran Desert vegetation and, at the water’s edge, mangroves. On December 5, 2002, the Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus on the Landsat 7 satellite captured this image of the western part of the reserve, including Lago Ojo de Liebre. In the western reaches of El Vizcaíno, elevations are low and land conditions are dry. Annual precipitation is generally less than 80 millimeters (3 inches) per year, and water evaporates so quickly here that rivers rarel...

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earthobservatory.nasa.gov 25 Mar '12, 10pm

A steam plume flows blows south from the peak of Pagan Island’s northernmost volcano in this photograph by an astronaut on...