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Mexico, Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California

 Posted by , last edited on December 31, 2013 at 04:59:06

Location States of Baja California, Baja California Sur, Sonora, Sinaloa, and Nayarit, Mexico
Coordinates N27 37 36.012 W112 32 44.988
Property 688,558 ha
Date of Inscription 2005

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1182 )

The site comprises 244 islands, islets and coastal areas that are located in the Gulf of California in north-eastern Mexico. The Sea of Cortez and its islands have been called a natural laboratory for the investigation of speciation. Moreover, almost all major oceanographic processes occurring in the planet’s oceans are present in the property, giving it extraordinary importance for study. The site is one of striking natural beauty in a dramatic setting formed by rugged islands with high cliffs and sandy beaches, which contrast with the brilliant reflection from the desert and the surrounding turquoise waters. It is home to 695 vascular plant species, more than in any marine and insular property on the World Heritage List. Equally exceptional is the number of fish species: 891, 90 of them endemic. The site, moreover, contains 39% of the world’s total number of species of marine mammals and a third of the world’s marine cetacean species.

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