Phenomena

Where Fresh and Salty Meet

An astronaut's photo of Adair Bay in northwestern Mexico.

Waterways twist through the wetlands of Adair Bay in this astronaut-captured image of northwestern Mexico. The estuary marks the transition between the Great Altar Desert and the Gulf of California. Fresh and salt water mix in the sediment-rich waterways. Mangroves and other salt-tolerant vegetation flourish in the coastal marsh. During low tides, evaporating water leaves behind salt flats, seen here in gray and white. High tides flood the area with nutrients that support both the vegetation and abundant aquatic life. (Image credit: NASA; via NASA Earth Observatory)

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