[Earthview Wonders] No.677: Altar Desert, Mexico🇲🇽

Astronaut Alex Gerst captured from ISS Altar Desert, Mexico.

Credit: Alex Gerst, ESA, NASA

El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve, is a biosphere reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the most significant visible landforms in North America seen from space. A volcanic system, known as Santa Clara is the main part of the landscape, including three peaks; Pinacate, Carnegie and Medio. In the area there are over 540 species of plants, 40 species of mammals, 200 of birds, 40 of reptiles, also amphibians and freshwater fishes.

The local scenery on the ground is as follows.

Credit: Pinacate

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