Isla Santa Catalina (Mexico)

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Isla Santa Catalina
Satellite map showing the islands in the southern Gulf of California
Satellite map showing the islands in the southern Gulf of California
Waters Gulf of California
Geographical location 25 ° 39 ′  N , 110 ° 47 ′  W Coordinates: 25 ° 39 ′  N , 110 ° 47 ′  W
Isla Santa Catalina (Mexico) (Baja California Sur)
Isla Santa Catalina (Mexico)
length 13 km
width 4 km
surface 39.273 km²
Highest elevation 470  m
Residents uninhabited

Santa Catalina is an island in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur , located in the southern Gulf of California .


The island is located about 40 kilometers east of the Lower California peninsula , about 20 km east of the neighboring island of Monserrat and about 120 km west of the Mexican state of Sinaloa .

Santa Catalina is 13 km long, up to four kilometers wide and has an area of ​​around 39 km². The island is uninhabited, mountainous and reaches a height of 470 m above sea level. Santa Catalina is part of the Bahía de Loreto National Park, founded in 1996, as well as - with 243 other islands - the UNESCO World Heritage "Islands and Protected Areas in the Gulf of California" ( Spanish Islas y áreas protegidas del Golfo de California ).

Flora and fauna

Due to the desert climate , the vegetation on Santa Catalina is extremely sparse and consists mainly of cacti and bushes.

As with many other islands in the Gulf of California, Santa Catalina is home to some endemic animal species. These include u. a.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. UNEP Islands Directory (English)
  2. Proclamation of the Parque Nacional Bahia de Loreto ( Memento of the original dated November 1, 2004 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (PDF, Spanish)  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  3. Entry on the website of the UNESCO World Heritage Center ( English and French ).