Scorpion Reef in the Gulf of Mexico • Earth.com

Last update: November 14th, 2019 at 11:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day comes thanks to the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at Arrecife Alacranes, otherwise known as the Scorpion reef of the southern Gulf of Mexico.

This image was taken by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8.

Scorpion Reef is located about 60 miles north of Progresso, Mexico and consists of five small islands. Together, however, they comprise the largest coral structure in the southern Gulf.

In 2006, the reef was named an official UNESCO biosphere reserve.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com

Source: NASA Earth Observatory

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