Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico
In this week’s PROBA-V 100m image, acquired in late July, we see the beautiful Yucatán peninsula that separates the Caribbean Sea from the Gulf of Mexico and the centre of Mayan civilization.
As part of the Atlantic Hurricane Belt, the largely flat peninsula is vulnerable to storms coming from the east. Yet, on its easternmost side, we find a popular beach resorts and tourist hotspots such as the city of Cancún.
Moving further south towards Belize, in the state of Quintana Roo, we find the biosphere reserve of Sian Ka’an, home to jaguars and archaeological sites of the Mayans.
On the western side, the large orange-brown spot is the city of Mérida near the centre of the buried Chicxulub crater. This was formed by the impact of a 10 to 15 km large asteroid or comet, which is linked to a major climate disruption and extinction event, just under 66 million years ago.