Yucatan Peninsula

Yucatan Peninsula

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Caption: Yucatan Peninsula. Computer-enhanced topographical image of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. North is at top. The island of Cozumel is off the Peninsula's east coast. The Yucatan Peninsula is a low-lying limestone plateau. A semi-circular trough, outlined in green at upper left, marks the edge of the Chicxulub meteorite impact crater. The crater's centre is in the Caribbean Sea. This impact may have caused the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. This image was obtained by combining shading and colour coding of topographic height. The data were acquired on the Shuttle Radar Topographic Mission (SRTM, Space Shuttle Endeavour, February 2000).

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