December 14, 2004
Central Mexico's wealth of landscapes provide for gorgeous imagery. This Terra MODIS image, acquired on December 8, 2004, features high-altitude deserts, tropical forests, and dark mountain ranges. On the western side of the country, the Seirra Madre Occidental Mountains travel across the image from the lower left edge toward the center, while the Sierra Madre Oriental Mountains run south along the eastern coast toward the center of the country, where the two ranges almost meet. While the air above the western coast remains clear, the Sierra Madre Oriental Mountains trap pollution along the eastern coast. In the very center of the image, Mexico City makes a large grey spot in a valley between to small mountain ranges. Scattered throughout the image are red dots, which mark where the MODIS instrument detected thermal anomalies consistent with fires.
Topics: Hospitality Recreation, Geography of Mesoamerica, Physical geography, Geography, Sierra Madre del Sur, Sierra Madre, Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, Sierra Madre Oriental, Sierra Madre Occidental