New imagery basemap of Mexico with Landsat 8 data

More than 2 million sq km of seamless and cloudless imagery

A new country has been just added to the list of areas available for PlanetSAT Updates basemap: Mexico. More than 2 million square kilometers of fresh and cloudless Landsat 8 satellite imagery have been processed seamless and in natural colours. With the great quality of Landsat 8 source data at 15m resolution, PlanetSAT Updates basemap of Mexico is perfect for mapping at 1:50,000.

Make a tour of Mexico basemap

You’ve already seen the basemap of the whole country. Check out a few selected images!

Let’s start with Mexico City, the capital that is also the most populous city of the country. The satellite imagery shows “Ciudad de México” with 20 million residents. The urban area stands out in grey, going around the Sierra de Guadalupe, the dark spot in the north, going along the drained lake areas and Nabor Carillo artificial lake to the east, and stretching out till the bottom of Sierra de la Cruces slopes to the southwest.

Mexico City centre is based on a very distinctive grid-pattern that extends over more than 1,800 sq km. Benito-Juárez international airport located on the east side of the city is entirely surrounded by urban areas.

Mexico offers a large diversity of landscapes, characterized by many volcanoes and an intensive seismic activity. Pico de Orizaba, also known as Citlaltépetl, is a volcano rising 5,675 meters above sea level, making it the highest mountain in Mexico and the third highest in North America.

This satellite image shows the Yucatán peninsula, bordered by coral reefs on the east side whereas the north and west areas are home of mangroves and swamps. This is one of the most interesting places in the world for its wildlife and flora. There are many nature reserves in this region that aim to preserve numerous animal and vegetal species.

Famous worldwide as Mexico’s top tourist destination, Cancún lies on the northeast coast of the Yucatán Peninsula. Located south of the city, Cancún International Airport serves numerous hotels and resorts of the Tourist Zone, which stretches along Cancun Island between a beautiful lagoon and the Caribbean Sea. It is the second largest Mexican airport just after Mexico City airport, but the first by passenger traffic.

Located on the southwest coast of the Yucatán peninsula, the small town of Ciudad del Carmen on Carmen Island is connected to the mainland by two bridges, one eastbound and one westbound. The Laguna de Términos in the center of the satellite image is biologically one of the richest tidal lagoons of the entire Gulf Coast of Mexico.

Situated in the center of the country, the main economic activities of Zacatecas State are agriculture, as shown on the satellite image, and mining.

This is the Mexico – United States border area on the west coast, with San Diego, California on the northern side, and Tijuana in Mexico in the south. There is a border fence right there that separates both countries. Tijuana international airport is literally bordering the U.S.

Here is another border area between Mexico and the United States. This is the city of Mexicali whose urban density contrasts totally with the large agricultural fields on the American side.  Agriculture is however highly developed on both sides of the border. The Mexicali Valley is one of the largest and most fertile valleys in Mexico and is similar in production to the Imperial Valley on the American side.

Applications for PlanetSAT Updates basemaps

Make your life simple and take advantage of ready-to-use imagery basemaps, processed seamless and cloudless with fresh Landsat 8 data! With PlanetSAT Updates imagery basemaps, you benefit from high quality geographic information essential for many applications:

  • GIS solutions for projects in agriculture, energy, telecommunications, natural resources, environment, defense, etc.
  • Visualization and simulation applications, including civil and military aircraft simulation systems, geo-intelligence solutions, military mission planning systems, etc.

PlanetSAT Updates imagery basemaps now cover almost 50% of all Earth’s emerged land. Production is constantly on-going with carefully selected Landsat 8 input data, taking into account the image date, season and cloud cover. PlanetSAT Updates basemaps are also merged into PlanetSAT Global basemap for the annual updated version.

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