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Cancun, Mexico

Known for its beaches and resort hotels, Cancun lies at the tip of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Inland from this tourist mecca, however, lies a sparsely populated tropical scrub forest that shelters the ruins of ancient Mayan cities.

This scene was acquired by the ASTER instrument on NASA’s Terra satellite on September 28, 2000.

Image provided by the USGS EROS Data Center Satellite Systems Branch as part of the Earth as Art II image series