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Paraguaná Peninsula

One often associates the Caribbean Sea with clear, blue waters. This is not the case everywhere, however, as the above view of the western side of Venezuela's Paraguaná Peninsula attests. Shallow Coro Gulf is brown with suspended sediment while phytoplankton color the water deep green farther west. The smoke plume running across the middle of the image appears to originate at a gas flare (mechurrio) of the Paraguaná Refinery Complex.

The above image was collected by Landsat 8 on February 7, 2021. Click on it to get a larger version showing the entire peninsula.