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[an error occurred while processing this directive]Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California, Mexico

[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California are 244 islands, islets and coastal areas in the Gulf of California that have been recognized as a World Heritage Site. This is the body of water between the Baja California Peninsula and the Mexican mainland. The entire gulf covers 160,000 sq km (62,000 sq mi) and has a coastline of 4,000 km (2,400 mi) bordered by the Mexican states of Baja California, Baja California Sur, Sonora and Sinaloa.


San Carlos, Sonora, in the Gulf of California
San Carlos, Sonora, in the Gulf of California
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The islands and protected areas in the Gulf of California are unspoilt and of striking beauty. The rugged terrain of the area is also rich in wildlife. It is home to 695 different species of plants, 891 species of fish, and numerous species of marine mammals.

The island and protected areas of the Gulf of California ranks higher than other marine and insular World Heritage sites because of its unique position as bridge islands and oceanic island. The area exhibits almost all the major oceanographic processes known.

Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 29th session of the World Heritage Committee in Durban, South Africa, 10 - 17 July, 2005.


Tiburón Island in the Gulf of California
Tiburón Island in the Gulf of California
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World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N27 37 36.012 W112 32 44.988 in Baja California Sur, Sonora, Sinaloa and Nayarit in the state of Baja California, in Mexico.
Inscription Year: 2005
Type of Site: Natural
Inscription Criteria: VII, IX, X
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