Geography of Mexico
Mexico is the world's eighth largest nation, covering nearly 770 000 square miles (2 million square km). It is divided politically into 31 States and 1 federal district. Mexican schoolchildren refer to the Mexican map as a "cornucopia" because of its shape, wide at the top at its border with the U.S. (1947 miles long), then narrowing and curving to the East, with its narrowest point at the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, where the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean are separated by only 125 miles of land. The land then widens out again, forming the Yucatan Peninsula. Mexico is bordered by Guatemala and Belize to the South East.
Mexico's Topography is marked by various mountain ranges:
- Sierra Madre Occidental in the West
- Sierra Madre Oriental in the East
- Cordillera Neovolcánica in the center
- Map of Mexico
- NASA photo of Mexico from space
- Zoomable Mexico map
- A selection of Mexico maps and state maps
- Mexico Historical map
- Wikipedia's Geography of Mexico
Read about the history and meaning of Mexico's flag.
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