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  1. Correlates of Plant Biodiversity in Mediterranean Baja California, Mexico.

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    Vanderplank, Sula Elizabeth

    2013-01-01

    Northwestern Baja California is an area of exceptionally high local endemism, nestled at the southernmost end of the California Floristic Province (CFP), one of the world's mediterranean-climate regions. The ecotonal position between the CFP and the central deserts of the Baja California Peninsula reflects the transition of the major climatic regimes. This area appears to have been more climatically stable than adjacent areas, and the local endemism along the coast is largely the result of th...

  2. A Weather Analysis and Forecasting System for Baja California, Mexico

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    Farfan, L. M.

    2006-05-01

    The weather of the Baja California Peninsula, part of northwestern Mexico, is mild and dry most of the year. However, during the summer, humid air masses associated with tropical cyclones move northward in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Added features that create a unique meteorological situation include mountain ranges along the spine of the peninsula, warm water in the Gulf of California, and the cold California Current in the Pacific. These features interact with the environmental flow to induce conditions that play a role in the occurrence of localized, convective systems during the approach of tropical cyclones. Most of these events occur late in the summer, generating heavy precipitation, strong winds, lightning, and are associated with significant property damage to the local populations. Our goal is to provide information on the characteristics of these weather systems by performing an analysis of observations derived from a regional network. This includes imagery from radar and geostationary satellite, and data from surface stations. A set of real-time products are generated in our research center and are made available to a broad audience (researchers, students, and business employees) by using an internet site. Graphical products are updated anywhere from one to 24 hours and includes predictions from numerical models. Forecasts are derived from an operational model (GFS) and locally generated simulations based on a mesoscale model (MM5). Our analysis and forecasting system has been in operation since the summer of 2005 and was used as a reference for a set of discussions during the development of eastern Pacific tropical cyclones. This basin had 15 named storms and none of them made landfall on the west coast of Mexico; however, four systems were within 800 km from the area of interest, resulting in some convective activity. During the whole season, a group of 30 users from our institution, government offices, and local businesses received daily information

  3. Wind power potential of Baja California Sur, Mexico

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    Jaramilli, O.A.; Saldana, R.; Miranda, U. [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Energias No Convencionales, Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico)

    2004-10-01

    This work is an analysis of wind characteristics of Baja California Sur (BCS), Mexico, during the period from February 1997 to February 1998. Fifteen wind stations located in the eastern coastal area recorded the wind speed and wind direction for this region. The wind resources of BCS were recorded and the annual average wind speed, power density, and annual energy density at 10 m above ground level are presented here. We considered the wind data from El Cardon, BCS, as a case study. This location can be considered to be representative of the 15 wind stations that were installed in BCS. Using the Weibull probability density function, we estimated the wind energy output and the capacity factor for two different wind turbines during the year. The capacity factors for both wind turbines were estimated at close to 25%. Considering the wind energy output and the capacity factor, we estimated the levelized production costs for both wind turbines. Taking into account two different discount rates of 7% and 10%, we developed data for the levelized production cost of both wind turbines. (Author)

  4. [Marine algae of Baja California Sur, Mexico: nutritional value].

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    Carrillo Domínguez, Silvia; Casas Valdez, Margarita; Ramos Ramos, Felipe; Pérez-Gil, Fernando; Sánchez Rodríguez, Ignacio

    2002-12-01

    The Baja California Peninsula is one of the richest regions of seaweed resources in México. The objective of this study was to determine the chemical composition of some marine algae species of Baja California Sur, with an economical potential due to their abundance and distribution, and to promote their use as food for human consumption and animal feeding. The algae studied were Green (Ulva spp., Enteromorpha intestinalis, Caulerpa sertularoides, Bryopsis hypnoides), Red (Laurencia johnstonii, Spyridia filamentosa, Hypnea valentiae) and Brown (Sargassum herporizum, S. sinicola, Padina durvillaei, Hydroclathrus clathrathus, Colpomenia sinuosa). The algae were dried and ground before analysis. In general, the results showed that algae had a protein level less than 11%, except L. johnstonii with 18% and low energy content. The ether extract content was lower than 1%. However, the algae were a good source of carbohydrates and inorganic matter. PMID:12868282

  5. Among-population variation in monthly and annual survival of the Baja California Tree Frog, Pseudacris hypochondriaca curta, in desert oases of Baja California Sur, Mexico

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    Luja, V H; Rodriguez-Estrella, R; M Schaub; Schmidt, B R

    2015-01-01

    Survival is an important component of the demography of an animal. We estimated monthly and annual survival probabilities of three populations of the Baja California Treefrog (Pseudacris hypochondriaca curta) inhabiting desert oases of Baja California Sur, Mexico. We used data from a two-year mark recapture study to estimate survival. Recapture probabilities varied widely among months and there was no clear temporal pattern underlying the fluctuations. Annual survival was 27 and 29% for t...

  6. The economic value chain of wine in Baja California, Mexico

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    Salvador González Andrade

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Recent economic policy debates have centered on increasing and quantifying the value chain, and the objective of this research is to characterize the value chain of vitiviniculture in Baja California according to organizational subsystems, including management, marketing, quality, productivity and environment. This study presents a comparative analysis between the capabilities of the vitiviniculture industry and sectors within which it participates. The analysis shows that the primary issues are related to sectors that have weak productive infrastructure, marketing problems, product shortages and few local suppliers, and additional problems include insufficient funding, water shortages and high taxes. Moreover, investments in human capital are required to train human resources.

  7. California sea lions (Zalophus californianus californianus) have lower chlorinated hydrocarbon contents in northern Baja California, Mexico, than in California, USA

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    Del Toro, Ligeia [Universidad Autonoma de Baja California (UABC), Facultad de Ciencias Marinas, Ensenada, Baja California (Mexico); Investigacion y Conservacion de Mamiferos Marinos de Ensenada, A.C., Placido Mata 2309 Depto. D-5, Condominio Las Fincas, Ensenada, Baja California 22810 (Mexico); Heckel, Gisela [Investigacion y Conservacion de Mamiferos Marinos de Ensenada, A.C., Placido Mata 2309 Depto. D-5, Condominio Las Fincas, Ensenada, Baja California 22810 (Mexico) and Centro de Investigacion Cientifica y de Educacion Superior de Ensenada, B.C. Km 107 Carretera Tijuana-Ensenada, Ensenada, Baja California 22860 (Mexico)]. E-mail: gheckel@cicese.mx; Camacho-Ibar, Victor F. [Instituto de Investigaciones Oceanologicas, UABC, Apdo. Postal 453, Ensenada, Baja California 22860 (Mexico); Schramm, Yolanda [Universidad Autonoma de Baja California (UABC), Facultad de Ciencias Marinas, Ensenada, Baja California (Mexico); Investigacion y Conservacion de Mamiferos Marinos de Ensenada, A.C., Placido Mata 2309 Depto. D-5, Condominio Las Fincas, Ensenada, Baja California 22810 (Mexico)

    2006-07-15

    Chlorinated hydrocarbons (CHs) were determined in blubber samples of 18 California sea lions (Zalophus californianus californianus) that stranded dead along Todos Santos Bay, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, January 2000-November 2001. {sigma}DDTs were the dominant group (geometric mean 3.8 {mu}g/g lipid weight), followed by polychlorinated biphenyls ({sigma}PCBs, 2.96 {mu}g/g), chlordanes (0.12 {mu}g/g) and hexachlorocyclohexanes (0.06 {mu}g/g). The {sigma}DDTs/{sigma}PCBs ratio was 1.3. We found CH levels more than one order of magnitude lower than those reported for California sea lion samples collected along the California coast, USA, during the same period as our study. This sharp north-south gradient suggests that Z. californianus stranded in Ensenada (most of them males) would probably have foraged during the summer near rookeries 500-1000 km south of Ensenada and the rest of the year migrate northwards, foraging along the Baja California peninsula, including Ensenada, and probably farther north. - Results suggest that sea lion prey must also have lower hydrocarbons in Baja California than in California in the USA.

  8. California sea lions (Zalophus californianus californianus) have lower chlorinated hydrocarbon contents in northern Baja California, Mexico, than in California, USA

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    Chlorinated hydrocarbons (CHs) were determined in blubber samples of 18 California sea lions (Zalophus californianus californianus) that stranded dead along Todos Santos Bay, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, January 2000-November 2001. ΣDDTs were the dominant group (geometric mean 3.8 μg/g lipid weight), followed by polychlorinated biphenyls (ΣPCBs, 2.96 μg/g), chlordanes (0.12 μg/g) and hexachlorocyclohexanes (0.06 μg/g). The ΣDDTs/ΣPCBs ratio was 1.3. We found CH levels more than one order of magnitude lower than those reported for California sea lion samples collected along the California coast, USA, during the same period as our study. This sharp north-south gradient suggests that Z. californianus stranded in Ensenada (most of them males) would probably have foraged during the summer near rookeries 500-1000 km south of Ensenada and the rest of the year migrate northwards, foraging along the Baja California peninsula, including Ensenada, and probably farther north. - Results suggest that sea lion prey must also have lower hydrocarbons in Baja California than in California in the USA

  9. DIVERSITY OF HELMINTHS OF FRESHWATER FISH IN THE OASES OF BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR, MEXICO

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    Mendez, Oscar

    2013-01-01

    Some oases have been evaluated and characterized on the basis of certain biological groups. However, there is nothing known of the helminths in these freshwater environments. We analyzed the diversity of helminths of freshwater fish in thirteen desert oases of Baja California Sur (BCS), Mexico. There were 472 individuals of nine species of fish examined. 24 helminth species were recorded on 273 fish (58%); of these, 176 (64%) were parasitized with a single species and 97 (36%) ...

  10. Heavy metal accumulation in four species of sea turtles from the Baja California peninsula, Mexico.

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    Gardner, Susan C; Fitzgerald, Sionnan L; Vargas, Baudilio Acosta; Rodríguez, Lia Méndez

    2006-02-01

    Heavy metals were assessed in four species of sea turtles from the Baja California Peninsula, Mexico, representing the first report of heavy metal concentrations in tissues of post-yearling sea turtles from the Eastern Pacific. Concentrations of Cd measured in C. mydas kidney (653 microg/g dry wt) were the highest ever reported for any sea turtle species. Cd accumulated preferentially in kidney and the ratios of kidney to liver Cd in Baja California turtles were among the highest reported for sea turtles globally. Zn, Ni, and Mn concentrations were also significantly higher in kidney than other tissues, while Cu and Fe were greatest in liver, and all metals were lowest in muscle. With the exception of one value (69.9 microg/g in kidney of C. caretta), Pb was low in all tissues from Baja California. In comparisons across species, kidney of C. mydas had greater Zn and Ni concentrations as compared to other species, although there was no difference in liver metal levels among the species. Positive correlations were detected in the concentrations of Cd, Cu and Ni with the straight carapace length of C. caretta. PMID:16502335

  11. Preliminary assessment of biodiesel generation from meat industry residues in Baja California, Mexico

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    Oil derived fuels constituted a main energy source during the last fifty years, although their high price limited their accessibility. Prospective studies indicated that economic and environmental problems promoted biodiesel production using biomass and residues like animal fat, along with meat and bones, among others. The regional inventory of the available fat in meat industry, as well as the estimation of the biodiesel potential production demonstrated that the biodiesel generated from animal fat, combined with diesel from oil in a 2% biodiesel blend could power 25% of the trucks and passenger vehicles registered in 2007 in Baja California, Mexico. (author)

  12. Agave turneri (Agavaceae), a new species from northeastern Baja California, Mexico

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    Webb, Robert H.; Salazar-Ceseña, J. Mario

    2011-01-01

    Agave turneri, a new species of Agave from the Sierras Cucapá and El Mayor in northeastern Baja California, Mexico, is a medium-sized species that does not produce offsets, has a relatively short and narrow panicle, and has a distinctive flower structure. The closest relatives to this new species are Agave moranii, which occurs approximately 200 km to the south of the type locality, and A. deserti var. simplex, which occurs in Arizona and California. This new species is a narrow endemic restricted to specific granodiorite and tonalite habitats in a hyperarid environment. Agave turneri appears to be a critically endangered owing to its habitat preference for specific types of granite in the Sierra Cucapá, threats due to prolonged drought and global change, and its close proximity to the Mexicali metropolitan area.

  13. Numerical understanding of regional scale water table behavior in the Guadalupe Valley aquifer, Baja California, Mexico

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    J. R. Campos-Gaytan

    2006-05-01

    Full Text Available A regional groundwater flow model was developed, in order to evaluate the water table behavior in the region of the Guadalupe Valley, in Baja California, Mexico. The State of Baja California has been subject to an increment of the agricultural, urban and industrials activities, implicating a growing water-demand. However, the State is characterized by its semi-arid climate with low surface water availability; resulting in an extensive use of groundwater in local aquifer. Based on historic piezometric information of the last two decades, however, a negative evolution could be observed, resulting a negative storage volume. So far, there is not an integral hydrogeological evaluation that determine the real condition of the groundwater resource, and that permit to planning a management of the Guadalupe Valley Aquifer. A steady-state calibration model was carried out in order to obtain the best possible match to measured levels at the Guadalupe Valley Aquifer. The contours of calculated water table elevations for January 1983 were reproduced. Generally, the comparison of the observed and calculated water table configurations have a good qualitative and quantitatively adjustment. Nowadays, it is count with a hydrogeological model that can be used for simulates the groundwater flow in the region of the Guadalupe Valley.

  14. Primer registro de una colonia de Leptonycteris curasoae (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae) en Baja California, México First record of a Leptonycteris curasoae (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae) colony in Baja California, Mexico

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    Aldo A. Guevara-Carrizales; Roberto Martínez-Gallardo; Arnulfo Moreno-Valdez

    2010-01-01

    En el presente trabajo se registra por primera vez una colonia del murciélago filostomido Leptonycteris curasoae para Baja California, México, que también constituye la segunda localidad en el estado donde se registra esta especie.We report the first record of a colony of the phillostomid bat Leptonycteris curasoae for Baja California, Mexico. This region represents the second locality reported for this species in the state.

  15. Management by results in Mexico, 2013-2014. Some effects in Baja California

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    José María Ramos García

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available This paper examines the results-based management (RBM proposal promoted by the Mexican federal government and how this proposal has been applied. This article presents the theory of management according to its results and its effects on competitiveness and well-being. This article analyzes the conceptual elements of the model and the manners in which this model has been instituted both conceptually and operationally in Brazil, Mexico, and the Mexican state of Baja California. Principal findings include the need to strengthen institutional capacities for RBM to enhance competitiveness and well-being at the government level, internalize a vision of strategic change, and prioritize cultural change to generate efficient transparency, accountability and anti-corruption controls by a transversal focus based on the elements of management.

  16. Tectonic setting of blueschist and island-arc terranes of west-central Baja California, Mexico

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    Sedlock, R.L.

    1988-07-01

    Diverse oceanic rocks exposed in west-central Baja California (Mexico) are assigned to three shallowly dipping tectonic units. The lower plate is a subduction complex consisting of regionally metamorphosed blueschists and divided into structurally and petrologically distinct subterranes. The upper plate consists of Triassic-Lower Cretaceous arc rocks and overlapping mid-Cretaceous turbidites. A fault-bounded serpentinite-matrix melange between lower and upper plate rocks contains blueschist, eclogite, amphibolite, and variably serpentinized mafic and ultramafic blocks. Lower plate blueschists were metamorphosed in the late Early Cretaceous and uplifted along shallowly dipping normal faults during conditions of steady-state subduction. Exotic blocks of blueschist, eclogite, and amphibolite are derived from a cryptic terrane or terranes, record varied P-T-t histories, and were uplifted via tectonic emplacement or diapiric rise of serpentinite along the normal faults.

  17. [Taxonomic composition and zoogeographic relations of demersal in the western coast of Baja California Sur, Mexico].

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    Rodríguez-Romero, Jesús; Palacios-Salgado, Deivis S; López-Martínez, Juana; Hernández-Vázquez, Sergio; Ponce-Díaz, Germán

    2008-12-01

    The composition of demersal fish along the western coast of the State of Baja California Sur, Mexico, including the limit of the northern distribution of the ichthyofauna of the eastern tropical Pacific, is presented. The survey was carried out on four oceanographic cruises between autumn 2004 and March 2006. Of 220 species in 132 genera and 73 families, 26.3% are species of wide distribution from San Diego County, U.S.A. to Panama and 21.7% are species restricted to the eastern tropical Pacific. Six species are new findings for the area or range expansions. The families with the most species are Paralichthyidae and Scorpaenidae, each with 16 species. The most frequent genus was Sebastes, with nine species. We present a table with common Spanish names, size range and status of each species inside the community. PMID:19419080

  18. [Juvenile production of the red sea urchin Strongylocentrotus franciscanus (Echinodermata: Echinoidea) in Baja California, Mexico].

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    Salas-Garza, A; Carpizo-Ituarte, E; Parés-Sierra, G; Martínez-López, R; Quintana-Rodríguez, R

    2005-12-01

    The red sea urchin Strongylocentrotusfranciscanus (Agassiz 1863) is harvested commercially in Baja California, Mexico, since 1970; however, in the last ten years the capture per unit effort (CPUE) has decreased from 310 kg/fishing unit/day to 120 kg/fishing unit/day. For this reason, actions were taken to develop a culture technology allowing massive production of juveniles for re-stocking natural populations or for growing them commercially. We summarize some of the basic studies and main achievements in this effort. In Baja California, considerably faster larval development (approximately 21 days) has been attained than in the US northwest coast (62 days). Spawning of red sea urchins was routinely induced with KCI while egg fertilization was performed using a 100,000-sperm/ml solution. Six microalgae species were tested and Rhodomonas sp. produced the best larval development. The mean survival rate at the end of the larval period was 25%, but results varied widely with bactch. From the feed ratios tested, best results were obtained using 7000 cel/ml during the first week of larval development, followed by 10,000 cel/ml during the second and 15,000 cel/ml during the third week. KCl proved the most consistent metamorphic inducer, regularly yielding metamorphosis percentages higher than 90%. Metamorphosis was considered complete when the functional jaw that juveniles use for first benthic feeding appeared (as soon as 20 days after induction). With this method several thousands of red sea urchin juveniles were produced. They reached up to 1.5 mm in size during the first 50 days of culture after metamorphosis, showing the great potential for mass production of this species in the laboratory. PMID:17469265

  19. Petrology and Geochronology of High-Grade Metamorphic Rocks from Cedros Island, Baja California, Mexico

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    Gonzales, D.; Leech, M. L.

    2014-12-01

    High-grade metamorphic rocks exposed on Cedros Island, Baja California, Mexico, record the Mesozoic subduction history of western North America. Blocks of amphibolite, blueschist, and eclogite crop out in a serpentinite-matrix mélange on the southeast and southwestern parts of Cedros Island. Amphibolite blocks contain Amp + Ep + Ab + Chl ± Ms ± Grt ± Ttn ± Qz; blueschist blocks have the assemblage Na-Amp + Ms + Lw + Qz ± Ttn ± Grt ± Jd ± Chl; and eclogite blocks are comprised primarily of Omp + Grt with retrograde Na-Amp + Ms + Lw. Blueschists from Cedros have been dated using 40Ar/39Ar step-heating of white mica and sodic amphiboles that yield ages from 103 ± 4 Ma to 94.9 ± 1.1 Ma, respectively, that represent cooling during exhumation. Apatite fission-track dating gives ages from 32 ± 4 Ma to 22 ± 3 Ma that record exhumation through the upper crust. Related Mesozoic subduction zone rocks of the Franciscan Complex crop out in a serpentinite-matrix mélange along coastal northern California. The Franciscan rocks are older, yielding 40Ar/39Ar step-heating ages of hornblende from amphibolite ranging from 159 to 156 Ma and represent an older part of the subduction history of the oceanic Farallon plate along western North America. I will determine the prograde and peak metamorphic P-T conditions for these high-grade rocks using petrography, mineral chemistries, and isochemical phase diagram modeling with Perple_X to generate complete P-T paths. I will then supplement these data with Sm-Nd and Lu-Hf geochronology for these high-grade Cedros rocks to evaluate their subduction/exhumation history, and develop a tectonic model for these southernmost Franciscan-type rocks. Ultimately, I will compare my results to Franciscan rocks in northern California to better understand the Mesozoic subduction margin of western North America.

  20. AUTOCHTHONOUS BIOFACIES IN THE PLIOCENE LORETO BASIN, BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR, MEXICO

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    MICHELE PIAZZA

    1998-07-01

    Full Text Available The present paper examines the molluscan and/or echinoid assemblages recovered from two lithostratigraphic units (Piedras Rodadas Sandstone and Arroyo de Arce Norte Sandstone outcropping in the Pliocene Loreto Basin, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Ten biofacies have been identified, i.e. Trachycardium procerum-Trachycardium senticosum Biofacies, Chione compta-Transennella modesta Biofacies, Laevicardium elenense-Chione kelletii Biofacies, Xenophora sp. 1-Strombus subgracilior Biofacies, Crassostrea californica osunai Biofacies, Myrakeena angelica Biofacies, Vermetid-Nodipecten Biofacies, Argopecten abietis abietis Biofacies, Aequipecten dallasi Biofacies and Encope Biofacies. The first four biofacies have been defined on the basis of statistical analyses (cluster analysis, MDS. The other six, which are monospecific or definitely low-diversity, were already identified during field work. The deduced paleoecological bearing of biofacies, largely relying upon the comparison to their closest modern counterparts, provides the basis for the paleoenvironmental reconstruction. The latter also considers sedimentological evidence and is framed within the tectonic and sedimentary context recently proposed by American workers. Biofacies point toward environments differing in terms of substrate texture, presence/absence of vegetal cover, energy level, variously distributed within the low tide mark-40 m bathymetric range. 

  1. en Baja California

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    Elmyra Ybañez Zepeda

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available In the future, the population of 60 years old or older will increase in absolute and relative numbers at a very rapid pace in Mexico. Using data from Censo general de población y vivienda 2000, Encuesta sobre migración en la frontera norte de México and Consejo Nacional de Población (Conapo, the purpose of this article is twofold: first of all, to analyze the aging process in the municipalities of Tijuana and Mexicali, located in the state of Baja California, which has a very low proportion of the eldest; and second of all, to examine the role of migration in this process. Tijuana has a younger population which is aging slowly due to a very intense immigration of young workers and potential parents. Mexicali, on the other hand, has a high percentage of a native population that is aging unrelentingly, and it also has a lower flow of immigrants who are older, and includes a high concentration of persons who had previously resided in the United States.

  2. New geologic slip rates for the Agua Blanca Fault, northern Baja California, Mexico

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    Gold, P. O.; Behr, W. M.; Fletcher, J. M.; Hinojosa-Corona, A.; Rockwell, T. K.

    2015-12-01

    Within the southern San Andreas transform plate boundary system, relatively little is known regarding active faulting in northern Baja California, Mexico, or offshore along the Inner Continental Borderland. The inner offshore system appears to be fed from the south by the Agua Blanca Fault (ABF), which strikes northwest across the Peninsular Ranges of northern Baja California. Therefore, the geologic slip rate for the ABF also provides a minimum slip rate estimate for the offshore system, which is connected to the north to faults in the Los Angeles region. Previous studies along the ABF determined slip rates of ~4-6 mm/yr (~10% of relative plate motion). However, these rates relied on imprecise age estimates and offset geomorphic features of a type that require these rates to be interpreted as minima, allowing for the possibility that the slip rate for the ABF may be greater. Although seismically quiescent, the surface trace of the ABF clearly reflects Holocene activity, and given its connectivity with the offshore fault system, more quantitative slip rates for the ABF are needed to better understand earthquake hazard for both US and Mexican coastal populations. Using newly acquired airborne LiDAR, we have mapped primary and secondary fault strands along the segmented western 70 km of the ABF. Minimal development has left the geomorphic record of surface slip remarkably well preserved, and we have identified abundant evidence meter to km scale right-lateral displacement, including new Late Quaternary slip rate sites. We verified potential reconstructions at each site during summer 2015 fieldwork, and selected an initial group of three high potential slip rate sites for detailed mapping and geochronologic analyses. Offset landforms, including fluvial terrace risers, alluvial fans, and incised channel fill deposits, record displacements of ~5-80 m, and based on minimal soil development, none appear older than early Holocene. To quantitatively constrain landform ages

  3. Late Pleistocene-Holocene alluvial stratigraphy of southern Baja California, Mexico

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    Antinao, José Luis; McDonald, Eric; Rhodes, Edward J.; Brown, Nathan; Barrera, Wendy; Gosse, John C.; Zimmermann, Susan

    2016-08-01

    A late Pleistocene to Holocene alluvial stratigraphy has been established for the basins of La Paz and San José del Cabo, in the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, Mexico. Six discrete alluvial units (Qt1 through Qt6) were differentiated across the region using a combination of geomorphologic mapping, sedimentological analysis, and soil development. These criteria were supported using radiocarbon, optically stimulated luminescence and cosmogenic depth-profile geochronology. Major aggradation started shortly after ∼70 ka (Qt2), and buildup of the main depositional units ended at ∼10 ka (Qt4). After deposition of Qt4, increasing regional incision of older units and the progressive development of a channelized alluvial landscape coincide with deposition of Qt5 and Qt6 units in a second, incisional phase. All units consist of multiple 1-3 m thick alluvial packages deposited as upper-flow stage beds that represent individual storms. Main aggradational units (Qt2-Qt4) occurred across broad (>2 km) channels in the form of sheetflood deposition while incisional stage deposits are confined to channels of ∼0.5-2 km width. Continuous deposition inside the thicker (>10 m) pre-Qt5 units is demonstrated by closely spaced dates in vertical profiles. In a few places, disconformities between these major units are nevertheless evident and indicated by partly eroded buried soils. The described units feature sedimentological traits similar to historical deposits formed by large tropical cyclone events, but also include characteristics of upper-regime flow sedimentation not shown by historical sediments, like long (>10 m) wavelength antidunes and transverse ribs. We interpret the whole sequence as indicating discrete periods during the late Pleistocene and Holocene when climatic conditions allowed larger and more frequent tropical cyclone events than those observed historically. These discrete periods are associated with times when insolation at the tropics was

  4. Polydrug use and risk of HIV and overdose among people who inject drugs in San Diego, California, and Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

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    Meacham, Meredith

    2015-01-01

    Background: Patterns of polydrug use among people who inject drugs (PWID) may be differentially associated with overdose as well as with unique risk factors for HIV transmission. Objective: Examine patterns of polydrug use among PWID in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, and San Diego, California and the relationship of these patterns to HIV risk behavior and overdose.Methods: These analyses use data from two prospective cohort studies of PWID in San Diego (N=576) (Chapter 2) and Tijuana (N=73...

  5. Macroalgas submareales de la bahía de Todos Santos, Baja California, México Submareal macroalgae of the Todos Santos Bay, Baja California, Mexico

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    Raúl Aguilar-Rosas

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Con el fin de identificar y caracterizar la composición de especies de la zona submareal de la bahía de Todos Santos, Baja California, México; se realizaron muestreos de macroalgas marinas bentónicas en 7 sitios durante 1995-2000. Como resultado de 25 buceos Scuba entre 3 y 33 m de profundidad se encontraron 150 especies de macroalgas para el área de estudio; 10 son Chlorophyta, 26 Phaeophyta y 114 Rhodophyta. Del total, 47 son registros nuevos para el área de estudio y 2 de éstos, Faucheocolax attenuata Setchell y Minium parvum R.L. Moe, son nuevos para la flora marina del Pacífico de México. Se incluye una revisión de las investigaciones en las que se han considerado las macroalgas presentes en la bahía de Todos Santos y una discusión sobre la composición de las especies encontradas, su distribución vertical y reproducción, así como sobre las especies epífitas y parásitas del área.In order to identify and characterize the species composition of the subtidal zone of the Todos Santos Bay, Baja California, Mexico, benthic marine macroalgae were sampled at 7 sites from 1995 to 2000. As a result of 25 scuba at derds for the study area, of which Faucheocolax attenuata Setchell and R.L Moe Minium parvum are new to the marine flora of Pacific Mexico. We include a research that consider the macroalpths between 3 and 33 m we found a total of 150 species of macroalgae for the study area, of which 10 are Chlorophyta, 26 Phaeophyta and 114 Rhodophyta; 47 species represent new recogae in the Todos Santos Bay and a discussion on the composition of species found, its vertical distribution and reproduction, particularly the species epiphytes and parasites present in the study area.

  6. Community Liaison as Factor for Image and Positioning of the Autonomous University of Baja California, Mexico, in the Social and Productive Context

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    Víctor Manuel Alcántar Enríquez; José Luis Arcos Vega

    2009-01-01

    This study presents the results of an extensive research on the society’s perceptions of the activities the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC, for its acronym in Spanish Universidad Autónoma de Baja California) develops in Mexico. This non-experimental research uses an explorative-descriptive methodology, with a transactional research design based on a holistic method and an illuminative evaluation, which analyzes the institutional positioning of UABC in several social sec...

  7. Heavy metals in geochemical sediment fractions of the border region between Baja California, Mexico, and California, USA; Metales pesados en fracciones geoquimicas de sedimentos de la region fronteriza de Baja California, Mexico, y California, EUA

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    Villaescusa-Celaya, Julio A; Gutierrez-Galindo, Efrain A; Flores-Munoz, Gilberto [Instituto de Investigaciones Oceanologicas, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Ensenada, B.C., (Mexico)

    1997-03-01

    The concentrations of the heavy metals Cu, Zn, Ni, Cr, Pb, Cd, Ag, Mn and Fe in the different geochemical sediment fractions are determined in this study, as a means of assessing the impact of residual wastewater on the coastal sediments of the region. During an oceanographic cruise in April 1992 (ECOBAC IV), 20 samples of surface sediments were collected from the coastal shelf of the border region between Baja California (Mexico) and California (USA), The sediment samples were subjected to a sequential extraction procedure designed to obtain the geochemical fractions defined as: exchangeable (F1), carbonates (F2), Fe and Mn oxyhydroxides (F3), organic matter/sulfides (F4) and residual or lithogenic (F5). The operational speciation of the metals indicates that the principal phases in the sediments that accumulate metal are the detrital or lithogenic matrix, the Fe and Mn oxyhydroxides and the organic Matter/sulfides, in this order. In general, the spatial distribution of the heavy metals in the reactive phase (defined as the sum of F1-F4) tended to increase in concentration in offshore sediments. The heavy metals in the reactive phase are apparently controlled by the concentration of reactive iron in the sediments, except for Pb, Cd and Ag, suggesting that the latter elements are controlled by other processes, such as particulate matter of biogenic origin. In contrast, the spatial distribution of heavy metals in the detrital phase behaved inversely, that is, the greatest concentrations of metals are found close to the coast off the wastewater treatment plant at Punta Bandera, Baja California. The average concentrations of total metals (sum of F1-F5) were 7.6, 40, 21, 68, 428, 11, 0.10 and 0.025 {mu}g{sup -}1 for Cu, Zn, Ni, Cr, Mn, Pb, Cd and Ag, respectively, and 2.3% for Fe. These concentrations are similar to those reported for uncontaminated reference sediments from southern California, indicating that a large amount of pollutants from the effluent of residual

  8. Ultrabasic-basic intrusive vizcaino layered complex and vizcaino ophiolite (southern baja california, mexico)

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    Two ultrabasic-basic rocks-bearing units occur in the Vizcaino Peninsula of Southern Baja California (Mexico): the Vizcaino Layered Complex (VLC) and the San Hipolito Zone (SHZ). The VLC consists of two sequences: the lower Puerto Nuevo Sequence (serpentinite breccia, harzburgite, dunite, cyclic units), and the upper La Pintada Sequence (cyclic units, gabbros, diorites). The SHZ consists of serpentinite, actinote schists. microgabbros, spilitic pillow lavas, ophicalcites, radiolarites, tuffs, greywackes, interbedded limestone and dolomite, siliceous sandstones, and volcano sedimentary strata). The VLC is an autochtonous complex generated by a magma under plating, which is intrusive into the San Pablo Metamorphic Complex (SPMC) (amphibole-biotite gneiss with lenses of granite, migmatitic amphibolitic gneiss, orthoamphibolites). Originally, together with its metamorphic roof, the SPMC, it constituted a continental magmatic arc .The SHZ, a former Late Triassic marginal sea, is an allochthonous Carnian (?)-Norian ophiolitic unit, emplaced as a nappe upon the VLC during the Liassic. During the Late Triassic (starting at ±220 Ma) this zone underwent a long lived extensional event, during which plagiogranite dykes and dolerite/albitite dykes were emplaced into it, whereas the San Hipolito Basin opened behind it. Then, different units of the VLC were exhumed and exposed by low angle normal listric faults. It seems that the upper part of the VLC, La Pintada Sequence and the SPMC were then displaced to their present position of San Pablo-La Pintada. During the Liassic compressional phase the plagiogranite dykes were boudinaged, and slices of the SHZ Nappe came to rest upon every one of the units of the Puerto Nuevo Sequence, including the serpentinite breccia (which gave way to the erroneous notion of the so-called Puerto Nuevo melange of previous literature).

  9. Hybrid system of generating electricity, solar eolic diesel San Juanico, Baja California Sur, Mexico; Sistema hibrido de generacion electrica, eolico solar diesel San Juanico, Baja California Sur, Mexico

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    Huerta, Javier [Comision Federal de Electricidad, La Paz, Baja California Sur (Mexico); Johnston, Peter [Technology Development, Arizona (United States); Napikoski, Chester [Generation Engineering, Arizona (United States); Escutia, Ricardo [Comision Federal de Electricidad, Baja California Sur (Mexico)

    2000-07-01

    The Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE), and the northamerican electric company Arizona Public Service (APS), made an agreement of collaboration to develop a project of generating electricity with the use of renewable resources. The premises that where agreed on are the following: 1. Focus the project a rural community. 2. The cost of the whole project should be lower than compared to the interconnection to a conventional system. 3. Acceptance of the community, and the governmental authorities. 4. Sustentability of the operation of the system. Several technical and economical analysis where done, such as the evaluation of the solar and eolic resources, study of the environmental impact, negotiation agreements so it would be possible to obtain de economical resources from Niagara Mohawk (NIMO), and the USAID, all of this thru the supervising of the Sandia National Laboratories. After the anemometric and solar radiation measures where made, it was considered that the community of San Juanico, en Baja California Sur, Mexico, was the most feasible one, it was necessary also to consider the aspects of logistics, socials, size of the community and as a detonator for the economic activities of tourism and fishing. The APS formulated the executive project in accordance with the recommendations of the different areas of CFE. The project consists basically in the installation of 10 wind generators of 10 Kw, a battery bank for 432 KWh, plus a diesel generator for emergencies of 80 Kw. Besides the civil and electromechanical installation. It was necessary to involve the community in the knowledge and followup of the project form it's, considering that this factor would be essential, so it could be successful. Lamps of low consumption where installed on the houses and street lightning, to optimize the system. The patronato that is a civil association of the community, is in charge of the administration of the system, it receives support from personnel of CFE. The income

  10. Challenges and opportunities for implementing sustainable energy strategies in coastal communities of Baja California Sur, Mexico

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    Etcheverry, Jose R.

    This dissertation explores the potential of renewable energy and efficiency strategies to solve the energy challenges faced by the people living in the biosphere reserve of El Vizcaino, which is located in the North Pacific region of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. This research setting provides a practical analytical milieu to understand better the multiple problems faced by practitioners and agencies trying to implement sustainable energy solutions in Mexico. The thesis starts with a literature review (chapter two) that examines accumulated international experience regarding the development of renewable energy projects as a prelude to identifying the most salient implementation barriers impeding this type of initiatives. Two particularly salient findings from the literature review include the importance of considering gender issues in energy analysis and the value of using participatory research methods. These findings informed fieldwork design and the analytical framework of the dissertation. Chapter three surveys electricity generation as well as residential and commercial electricity use in nine coastal communities located in El Vizcaino. Chapter three summarizes the fieldwork methodology used, which relies on a mix of qualitative and quantitative research methods that aim at enabling a gender-disaggregated analysis to describe more accurately local energy uses, needs, and barriers. Chapter four describes the current plans of the state government, which are focused in expanding one of the state's diesel-powered electricity grids to El Vizcaino. The Chapter also examines the potential for replacing diesel generators with a combination of renewable energy systems and efficiency measures in the coastal communities sampled. Chapter five analyzes strategies to enable the implementation of sustainable energy approaches in El Vizcaino. Chapter five highlights several international examples that could be useful to inform organizational changes at the federal

  11. Geological synthesis of Las Tres Virgenes geothermal area, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Sintesis geologica de la zona geotermica de Las Tres Virgenes, Baja California Sur, Mexico

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    Lopez Hernandez, Aida (Departamento de Exploracion, Gerencia de Proyectos Geotermoelectricos de la Comision Federal de Electricidad, Morelia (Mexico))

    1998-01-15

    The Las Tres Virgenes geothermal area is placed in middle Baja California Peninsula, in a zone affected by deformational events since Late Miocene. As a result of tensional stress, NW-SE faults were generated. During this process the Santa Rosalia basin was formed starting the deposition of marine sediments. At the same time La Reforma and Aguajito volcanic centers were emplaced, their deposits were interfingered with sand deposits. At the end of the volcanic activity at Aguajito, the stress regimen changed, old normal faults were reactivated as lateral faults and a pull apart system was initiated. NE-SW and NNE-SSW faults resulted from this deformational stage, and Las Tres Virgenes volcanic products were erupted through this weakness zone. The hydrothermal active system is hosted in a grid constructed by NE-SW, NW-SE faults within the granodioritic basement under the El Azufre volcano. The fluid's discharged take place at Las Viboras zone where intense superficial fracturing is present, associated with El Azufre dextral fault. Drilling results from seven wells confirm the existence of high temperatures making feasible the exploitation of this resource to generate electric energy.

  12. Polychlorinated Biphenyls and Biotransformation Enzymes in Three Species of Sea Turtles from the Baja California Peninsula of Mexico

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    Richardson, K L; Lopez Castro, M.; Gardner, S. C.; Schlenk, D.

    2009-01-01

    Concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) as well as the expression patterns of cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes and glutathione-S-transferase (GST) activities were measured in livers of loggerhead (Caretta caretta), green (Chelonia mydas), and olive ridley (Lepidocheyls olivacea) sea turtles from the Baja California peninsula of Mexico. The mean concentrations of total PCBs were 18.1, 10.5, and 15.2 ng/g wet weight (ww) respectively for the three species and PCB 153 was the dominant co...

  13. Triggered surface slips in southern California associated with the 2010 El Mayor-Cucapah, Baja California, Mexico, earthquake

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    Rymer, Michael J.; Treiman, Jerome A.; Kendrick, Katherine J.; Lienkaemper, James J.; Weldon, Ray J.; Bilham, Roger; Wei, Meng; Fielding, Eric J.; Hernandez, Janis L.; Olson, Brian P.E.; Irvine, Pamela J.; Knepprath, Nichole; Sickler, Robert R.; Tong, Xiaopeng; Siem, Martin E.

    2011-01-01

    The April 4, 2010 (Mw7.2), El Mayor-Cucapah, Baja California, Mexico, earthquake is the strongest earthquake to shake the Salton Trough area since the 1992 (Mw7.3) Landers earthquake. Similar to the Landers event, ground-surface fracturing occurred on multiple faults in the trough. However, the 2010 event triggered surface slip on more faults in the central Salton Trough than previous earthquakes, including multiple faults in the Yuha Desert area, the southwestern section of the Salton Trough. In the central Salton Trough, surface fracturing occurred along the southern San Andreas, Coyote Creek, Superstition Hills, Wienert, Kalin, and Imperial Faults and along the Brawley Fault Zone, all of which are known to have slipped in historical time, either in primary (tectonic) slip and/or in triggered slip. Surface slip in association with the El Mayor-Cucapah earthquake is at least the eighth time in the past 42 years that a local or regional earthquake has triggered slip along faults in the central Salton Trough. In the southwestern part of the Salton Trough, surface fractures (triggered slip) occurred in a broad area of the Yuha Desert. This is the first time that triggered slip has been observed in the southwestern Salton Trough.

  14. An application of neural network in geophysical prospecting. Electrical resistivity at Las Virgenes geothermal field, Baja California Sur, Mexico; Una aplicacion de las redes neuronales a la prospeccion geofisica. Resistividad electrica en las Tres Virgenes, Baja California Sur, Mexico

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    Palma Guzman, Sergio Hugo [Comision Federal de Electricidad, Morelia, Michoacan (Mexico)

    2000-12-01

    The technology of the neural network is presented with geophysical focus in the Las Virgenes geothermal field, Baja California Sur, Mexico. The results obtained when extrapolating the associative data of the prospecting magnetoteluria and Vertical Electric Sounding, on the area of the geothermal wells to the rest of the area, allows to classify zones of interest for the geothermal exploitation. Also, the use of these associative parameters with the information of the stabilized temperature of the wells, they allow to predict temperatures for the rest of the area. [Spanish] Se presenta una aplicacion de la tecnologia de las redes neuronales con enfoque geofisico en el campo geotermico de Las Virgenes, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Los resultados obtenidos al extrapolar los datos asociativos de las prospecciones geoelectricas de magnetoteluria y sondeos electricos verticales, en la zona de los pozos geotermicos al resto del area, permiten clasificar zonas de interes para la explotacion geotermica. Tambien, la utilizacion de estos parametros asociativos con la informacion de la temperatura estabilizada de los pozos, permiten predecir temperaturas para la misma area.

  15. Active Pacific North America Plate boundary tectonics as evidenced by seismicity in the oceanic lithosphere offshore Baja California, Mexico

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    Hauksson, Egill; Kanamori, Hiroo; Stock, Joann; Cormier, Marie-Helene; Legg, Mark

    2014-03-01

    Pacific Ocean crust west of southwest North America was formed by Cenozoic seafloor spreading between the large Pacific Plate and smaller microplates. The eastern limit of this seafloor, the continent-ocean boundary, is the fossil trench along which the microplates subducted and were mostly destroyed in Miocene time. The Pacific-North America Plate boundary motion today is concentrated on continental fault systems well to the east, and this region of oceanic crust is generally thought to be within the rigid Pacific Plate. Yet, the 2012 December 14 Mw 6.3 earthquake that occurred about 275 km west of Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, is evidence for continued tectonism in this oceanic part of the Pacific Plate. The preferred main shock centroid depth of 20 km was located close to the bottom of the seismogenic thickness of the young oceanic lithosphere. The focal mechanism, derived from both teleseismic P-wave inversion and W-phase analysis of the main shock waveforms, and the 12 aftershocks of M ˜3-4 are consistent with normal faulting on northeast striking nodal planes, which align with surface mapped extensional tectonic trends such as volcanic features in the region. Previous Global Positioning System (GPS) measurements on offshore islands in the California Continental Borderland had detected some distributed Pacific and North America relative plate motion strain that could extend into the epicentral region. The release of this lithospheric strain along existing zones of weakness is a more likely cause of this seismicity than current thermal contraction of the oceanic lithosphere or volcanism. The main shock caused weak to moderate ground shaking in the coastal zones of southern California, USA, and Baja California, Mexico, but the tsunami was negligible.

  16. The Palaeodiet of the Pericue Indians of the Cape Region of Baja California Sur, Mexico.

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    Beer, N.; Gonzalez, S.; Huddart, D.; Rosales-Lopez, A.; Lamb, A.

    2008-05-01

    The archaeology of the Pericue Indians inhabiting the Cape region of Baja California has long been an area of interest. The dolichocranic traits exhibited by this population have lead to suggestions that these people were a relic population of an early coastal migration into North America. The antiquity of directly dated Pericue human remains only reaches 3,000 B.P. with occupation sites dating back to 9,000 B.P. The site of Babisuri cave in Isla Espiritu Santo may demonstrate a very early human presence in Baja California Sur between 36,000 to 45,000 B.P. although the exact nature of this evidence is unclear. Increasing tourist development within this region threatens many archaeological sites particularly coastal shell middens and rock shelters. Current rescue excavations are yielding important information regarding many aspects of the culture of the Pericue Indians. Geochemical evidence of diet {d13C and d15N} taken from Pericue bone samples, modern and archaeological animals and modern plants is helping us to understand the complicated subsistence strategies of this group. Initial results highlight a complicated and diverse diet including marine and terrestrial resources, most likely exploited seasonally. Similarities between the diet of the Pericue and other nearby coastal Indian groups are clear and will be discussed. Pericue Indian material culture, combined with the exploitation of marine mammals and the construction of enormous shell mounds display parallels with other central and North American groups. The exploitation of marine mammals and the associated stone tools display striking similarities to the Chumash people of the Channel Islands of Coastal Southern California. Some of these cultural similarities will be highlighted in this presentation. Current genetic work is attempting to discover the nature of the similarities between the Chumash and Pericue groups as some cultural elements of each group have parallels with the other. Initial genetic

  17. Modern carbonate sediments and environments of the LaPaz region, Baja California Sur, Mexico

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    Halfar, J.; Ingle, J.C. Jr. (Stanford Univ., CA (United States)); Cruz-Orozco, R. (Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, La Paz (Mexico)); Godinez-Orta, L. (Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas, La Paz (Mexico))

    1996-01-01

    The Gulf of California represents one of the most productive and unique marginal seas in the world. The mouth of the Gulf captures warm equatorial water while annual wind patterns assure major upwelling of nutrient-rich water leading to a rich marine biota. These conditions have created a wide array of tropical through warm temperate carbonate environments. The most unusual of these environments is located in the La Paz region of Baja California Sur where tropical-subtropical water temperatures and low rainfall have allowed growth of corals, calcareous red algae, and other shelled invertebrates to form a carbonate bank environment. Sampling and mapping transacts in shallow bays north of La Paz and on the adjacent Espiritu Santo island have revealed a full spectrum of subenvironments including mangrove bordered, terrigenous mud dominated coastal zones, which grade into carbonate tidal flats. In addition, single coral heads as well as incipient reef structures constructed by Porites and Pocillopora coral are present in deeper water areas. Coralline red algae, which are increasingly utilized for paleoenvironmental reconstructions, grow in high abundance on coral debris and in soft sediments and turn out to be main contributors to the La Paz carbonates. Analysis of siliciclastic admixtures, grain size and organic carbon content allow a classification of distinct environments. These data are supplemented by an evaluation of benthic foraminiferal zonations and the varying abundance of biogenic constituents. This Baja California Sur carbonate environment holds special relevance for the interpretation of analogous Neogene and Paleogene paleoenvironments marking major paleoclimatic and paleoceanographic events along the Pacific Coast of North America.

  18. Modern carbonate sediments and environments of the LaPaz region, Baja California Sur, Mexico

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    Halfar, J.; Ingle, J.C. Jr. [Stanford Univ., CA (United States); Cruz-Orozco, R. [Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, La Paz (Mexico); Godinez-Orta, L. [Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas, La Paz (Mexico)

    1996-12-31

    The Gulf of California represents one of the most productive and unique marginal seas in the world. The mouth of the Gulf captures warm equatorial water while annual wind patterns assure major upwelling of nutrient-rich water leading to a rich marine biota. These conditions have created a wide array of tropical through warm temperate carbonate environments. The most unusual of these environments is located in the La Paz region of Baja California Sur where tropical-subtropical water temperatures and low rainfall have allowed growth of corals, calcareous red algae, and other shelled invertebrates to form a carbonate bank environment. Sampling and mapping transacts in shallow bays north of La Paz and on the adjacent Espiritu Santo island have revealed a full spectrum of subenvironments including mangrove bordered, terrigenous mud dominated coastal zones, which grade into carbonate tidal flats. In addition, single coral heads as well as incipient reef structures constructed by Porites and Pocillopora coral are present in deeper water areas. Coralline red algae, which are increasingly utilized for paleoenvironmental reconstructions, grow in high abundance on coral debris and in soft sediments and turn out to be main contributors to the La Paz carbonates. Analysis of siliciclastic admixtures, grain size and organic carbon content allow a classification of distinct environments. These data are supplemented by an evaluation of benthic foraminiferal zonations and the varying abundance of biogenic constituents. This Baja California Sur carbonate environment holds special relevance for the interpretation of analogous Neogene and Paleogene paleoenvironments marking major paleoclimatic and paleoceanographic events along the Pacific Coast of North America.

  19. Geomagnetic Paleosecular Variation and Tectonic Correction for the Past 12 Ma in Baja California, Mexico

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    Garcia-Amador, B. I.; Alva-Valdivia, L. M.; Canon-Tapia, E.

    2014-12-01

    During the last 30 years, study of Paleosecular Variation (PSV) has been analyzed within specific timescales (e.g. 0-5 Ma; 5-22.5 Ma; etc.), considering the main criteria variation in directions of paleomagnetic data due to displacement of tectonic plates, and the scarcity of spatial and temporal distribution of rock outcrops, we propose using the previous geological and geophysical studies comprising the tectonic displacement of Baja California for the last 12 Ma, a method (working in space and time) to precise the PSV of our paleomagnetic sites (assuming a thermoremanent magnetization). We completed two paleomagnetic rock field sampling works: Loreto-Santa Rosalia-Punta Abreojos (between 26° and 27.4° N), with 156 cores from 16 sites; and San Borja and Jaraguay volcanic fields (between 28° and 30° N), with 230 cores from 27 sites. These sites are mainly volcanic rocks (andesite-basalt) with radiometric ages previously reported. We selected those younger than 12 Ma age without effect of rotation or flattening within the peninsula. Rock magnetic experiments were done to characterize the magnetic carrier of the remanence, such as susceptibility vs. low and high temperature, hysteresis, FORC, Koenigsberger ratio determination and directional analysis. Our results suggest that in most of the cases (80%) we have a contribution of TM0 to TM20, and magnetic domain of PSD + SP. In addition to our data, we gathered all paleomagnetic works in volcanic rocks younger than 12 Ma along Baja California. For the PSV, we calculated the angular standard deviation (SB) of the VGPs with respect to its mean average and also to the geographic axis. Both results were compared with the calculation of the SB once the correction of paleomagnetic sites based on the tectonic displacement was applied. Finally, all results (with and without correction) were compared with Model G and TK03.GAD, finding that data of the SB with tectonic correction are the best fit models, suggesting a

  20. Proceedings of the Binational Conference on Libraries in California and Baja California (1st, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, January 13-14, 1984) = Memorias de la Primera Conferencia Binacional de Bibliotecas de las Californias.

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    Ayala, Marta Stiefel, Ed.; And Others

    This document includes the text of presentations given at the First Binational Conference on Libraries in California and Baja California, as well as minutes from four roundtables held at the conference. Following a prologue and a brief background on the conference, the following presentations are included: (1) "State Support for Public Libraries…

  1. Stable isotope composition of surface and groundwater in Baja California, Mexico

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    Kretzschmar, Thomas G. [CICESE, Carret. Ensenada-Tijuana No 3819, Ensenada 22860 (Mexico); Frommen, Theresa [FU Berlin Malteserstr. 74-100, 12249 Berlin (Germany)

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    Based on a total of 135 stable isotope analysis (δ{sup 18}O, δD) carried out on surface and groundwater samples, as well as on rainwater samples between 2004 and 2011 in 5 different regions in Baja California, an isotopic evaluation of the region was established. The results showed a depletion gradient of -0.25 0/00 δ{sup 18}O per 100 m rise in elevation throughout the study area. Considering an unaltered δ{sup 18}O signature for the thermal springs, the recharge areas of these waters are at elevations over 1400 m outside of the present watersheds, indicating the presence of regional flow systems next to the local flow regime feeding the cold springs and wells. The Mesa de Andrade area has a completely different signature with values of -105 for δ{sup 18}O and -13 for δD. (authors)

  2. Stable isotope composition of surface and groundwater in Baja California, Mexico

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    Based on a total of 135 stable isotope analysis (δ18O, δD) carried out on surface and groundwater samples, as well as on rainwater samples between 2004 and 2011 in 5 different regions in Baja California, an isotopic evaluation of the region was established. The results showed a depletion gradient of -0.25 0/00 δ18O per 100 m rise in elevation throughout the study area. Considering an unaltered δ18O signature for the thermal springs, the recharge areas of these waters are at elevations over 1400 m outside of the present watersheds, indicating the presence of regional flow systems next to the local flow regime feeding the cold springs and wells. The Mesa de Andrade area has a completely different signature with values of -105 for δ18O and -13 for δD. (authors)

  3. Hazardous waste shipping in the northern border of Mexico: The situation of Baja California

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    Ramón A. Castillo Ponce

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    Full Text Available In this document we evaluate the determinants of shipments of hazardous waste to the US. We consider a sample of firms operating in the state of Baja California for the 2008–2010 sample period. The analysis consists on the estimation of two econometric specifications. The first refers to a truncated model in the spirit of Tobit. The second is a probabilistic model. The results of the Tobit model suggest that size, location and origin of the firm influence the amount of shipments. In particular, shipments are positively associated with larger firms; those located in the municipality of Tijuana and those whose origin is foreign. The probabilistic model finds that a depreciation of the Mexican peso contributes to an increase in the likelihood of sending a shipment. This may be the result of an improvement in the border economic environment due to the depreciation of the currency.

  4. MT data modelling at Las Tres Virgenes, Baja California Sur, Mexico, geothermal zone. Modelado de datos magnetotelurgicos en el campo geotermico de Las Tres Virgenes, Baja California Sur, Mexico

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    Palma Guzman, Sergio Hugo (Departamento de Exploracion, Gerencia de Proyectos Geotermoelectricos de la Comision Federal de Electricidad, Morelia (Mexico))

    1998-01-15

    An interpretation of MT soundings at the Las Tres Virgenes, Baja California Sur, Mexico, geothermal project, was conducted, to actualize the geoelectric model of the reservoir, with the support provided by new drilling data. MT data were collected during the Comision Federal de Electricidad 1992 and 1994 campaigns. The use of apparent resistivity maps, tipper and apparent profiles lets us to identify TE and TM modes, as well as the lateral variations related to structural geology changes. These results were used to prepare sections based on Bostick inversion of TE mode of each sounding. Results were correlated to lithology reported by recent exploratory drilling. MT comprehensive studies let us delineate the reservoir limits, and the main geologic structures related to geothermal fluids production.

  5. Goat milk fatty acid composition in the Peninsula of Baja California, Mexico

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    Eduardo Toyes-Vargas

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    Full Text Available Objective. The objective of the study was to determine the composition of fatty acids in milk of Creole goats in an extensive production system in an arid region of the peninsula of Baja California and compare it to two seasons of the year (rainy and dry. Materials and methods. Sampling was conducted during the dry season (June and after the rainy season (December in the municipality of Comondú in Baja California Sur. The extensive production system used involved releasing goats to roam freely in the rangeland to graze for food, and no additional food or supplements were provided. Results. The most abundant fatty acids were saturated fatty acids (66.3 and 70.9% in the rainy and dry reasons, respectively. The most abundant of these were palmitic, myristic, and stearic acid in both seasons. Monounsaturated fatty acids (15-20% were the most numerous in terms of isomers, but mostly in low concentrations. The largest average constituent of polyunsaturated fatty acids (5-6% was linoleic acid (3% and alpha-linolenic acid (1.2% in both seasons. Branched, fatty acid concentrations were highly variable; the only stable constituents were C15:0 iso (1.5% and C16:0 anti-iso, with 0.7% of total fatty acids. Conclusions. The seasons in this extensive production system significantly effected the composition of most monounsaturated and branched fatty acids in goat milk; however, saturated and polyunsaturated showed only a few compositional changes in abundance of fatty acids. Moreover, season effects were not significant on the total fatty acid content, except for branched fatty acids and omega-3.

  6. Relationships between eastern Pacific tropical cyclones and convective rainfall in Baja California, Mexico

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    Farfan, L. M.; Cosio, M. A.

    2007-05-01

    The influence of tropical cyclones in rainfall patterns over the Baja California peninsula is examined. The impact of these systems, over the southern portion of the peninsula, is analyzed and the study period is limited to the summer of 2004. This is associated with the field phase of the North American Monsoon Experiment (NAME), which is intended to improve predictions of warm season precipitation over North America. We used the best-track dataset from the U.S. National Hurricane Center to classify, based on distance from the circulation center, systems that approached the peninsula at ranges of 400-, 800- and 1200-km. During the season of 2004, activity was below the long-term annual mean with nine systems developing between July and September. Four cases were selected for subsequent analysis: Tropical Storm Blas, Hurricane Frank, Hurricane Howard, and Hurricane Javier. Data from the upper-air station at La Paz were used to evaluate humidity changes during the storm approach and rain gauge reports provided information to determine the spatial distribution of the convective precipitation. Our analysis shows that, when compared with a base period of 15 years, 2004 resulted in below normal precipitation over the southern peninsula. In contrast, above normal conditions occurred in the central peninsula.

  7. Decreased Anemia Prevalence Among Women and Children in Rural Baja California, Mexico: A 6-Year Comparative Study.

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    Moor, Molly A; Fraga, Miguel A; Garfein, Richard S; Harbertson, Judith; Rodriguez-Lainz, Alfonso; Rashidi, Hooman H; Elder, John P; Brodine, Stephanie K

    2016-08-01

    Anemia is a public health problem in Mexico. This study sought to determine the prevalence and correlates of anemia among women and children residing in a rural farming region of Baja California, Mexico. An existing partnership between universities, non-governmental organizations, and an underserved Mexican community was utilized to perform cross-sectional data collection in 2004-2005 (Wave 1) and in 2011-2012 (Wave 2) among women (15-49 years) and their children (6-59 months). All participants completed a survey and underwent anemia testing. Blood smears were obtained to identify etiology. Nutrition education interventions and clinical health evaluations were offered between waves. Participants included 201 women and 99 children in Wave 1, and 146 women and 77 children in Wave 2. Prevalence of anemia significantly decreased from 42.3 to 23.3 % between Waves 1 and 2 in women (p vegetables and fruits high in vitamin C) was protective against anemia (p = 0.043). Women in Wave 2 who ate ≥4 servings of green, leafy vegetables per week were less likely to be anemic (p = 0.034). Microscopic examination of blood smears revealed microcytic, hypochromic red blood cells in 90 % of anemic children and 68.8 % of anemic women, consistent with iron deficiency anemia. PMID:26856732

  8. Frecuencias de grupos sanguíneos e incompatibilidades ABO y RhD, en La Paz, Baja California Sur, México Blood group ABO and RhD frequencies and incompatibilities in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico

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    Lorenzo del Peón-Hidalgo

    2002-09-01

    (Zone General Hospital of the Mexican Institute of Social Security in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Blood donors were typified by tube agglutination. The gene frequencies were estimated assuming equilibrium conditions, and incompatibilities and alloimmunization were statistically assessed with the chi² test. Results. Percent frequencies were as follows: blood group O, 58.49%; A, 31.40%; B, 8.40%; AB, 1.71%; RhD, 95.36%; and RhD negative, 4.64%. Genic frequencies were: i, 0.7648; I A, 0.1821; I B, 0.0519; D, 0.7845; and d, 0.2155, respectively. Incompatibilities between couples and mother-child were 0.3023 and 0.1685 for ABO, 0.0442 and 0.0364 for RhD, and 0.0134 and 0.0061 for double incompatibility, respectively. The probability of maternal alloimmunization was estimated at 0.0309. Conclusions. The O and RhD groups were the most common in La Paz, although frequencies were among the lowest in Mexico, contrary to the case of A and RhD negative groups. The probabilities of maternal alloimmunization and of incompatibilities were also high. Ancestral white, black, and indigenous groups admixed in the northwestern part of Mexico; after migrating to Baja California Sur the admixture of the population probably became similar to that of the remainder of the northwestern area.

  9. Desalination and Water Security: The Promise and Perils of a Technological Fix to the Water Crisis in Baja California Sur, Mexico

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    Jamie McEvoy

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    Across the globe, desalination is increasingly being considered as a new water supply source. This article examines how the introduction of desalinated water into the municipal water supply portfolio has affected water security in the coastal tourist city of Cabo San Lucas in Baja California Sur (BCS), Mexico. It also analyses the competing discourses surrounding desalination in the region and discusses alternative water management options for achieving water security. This article challenges...

  10. Can the Adoption of Desalination Technology Lead to Aquifer Preservation? A Case Study of a Sociotechnical Water System in Baja California Sur, Mexico

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    Jamie McEvoy

    2015-01-01

    There is growing concern about the sustainability of groundwater supplies worldwide. In many regions, desalination—the conversion of saline water to freshwater—is viewed as a way to increase water supplies and reduce pressure on overdrawn aquifers. Using data from reports, articles, interviews, a survey, and a focus group, this paper examines if, and how, the adoption of desalination technology can lead to aquifer preservation in Baja California Sur (BCS), Mexico. The paper outlines existing ...

  11. Stratigraphic review of Punta Coyote (Baja California Sur, Mexico) and implications for the volcanism of the Sierra Madre Occidental and the Comondu arc

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    We present new stratigraphic evidence for a migration of the Upper Volcanic Supergroup that formed the Sierra Madre Occidental (SMO) volcanic arc in northwestern Mexico during the Oligocene-Miocene. Particularly we discuss the transition from the frontal arc to the Comondu volcanic arc in Punta Coyote, Baja California Peninsula. This information complements the knowledge of the stratigraphic evolution of the Oligocene-Miocene volcanic arc in Baja California and its correlation with the Upper Volcanic Supergroup of the Sierra Madre Occidental in northwestern Mexico. We present new stratigraphic and sedimentologic data of the volcanosedimentary succession of the lower unit of the Comondu group near of La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico, in Punta Coyote. Facies analysis and new 40Ar/39Ar dating allowed to interpret the sedimentary environment and evolution of volcanic pulses in the lower unit of the Comondu group in Punta Coyote. The study area was part of the forearc basin westward to the SMO volcanic arc during the Oligocene to early Miocene. The sedimentary environment of the lower unit of the Comondu group was initially a braided river system that prograded to an alluvial fan environment and three tuffs units: Los Azabaches tuff (30.6 ± 0.4 Ma), La Capilla and El Oro tuffs (22.0 ± 0.4 Ma). The succession studied provides new stratigraphic information related to the evolution of the Oligocene-Miocene volcanic arc in the Baja California Peninsula and its correlation with the Upper Volcanic Supergroup of the SMO in northwestern Mexico. (Author).

  12. Subsidence History of the Laguna Salada Basin in Northeastern Baja California, Mexico

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    Contreras, J.; Martin-Barajas, A.; Herguera, J.

    2008-12-01

    The Salton Trough region in southern California and the Mexicali valley in northwestern Mexico are areas of (i) rapid subsidence due to trans-tension along the San Andreas-Imperial fault system, and (ii) high flux of sediments transported by the Colorado River, all of which confer this region with a high potential to preserve a complete record of climatic and tectonic activity information. Here we present the subsidence history of the Laguna Salada basin, and the history of activity of the master bounding faults on its eastern side. The Laguna Salada is a lacustrine basin located west of the Mexicali valley and to the south of the Salton Trough. Sedimentological as well as time series analyses performed on two 42 m-long cores drilled in the center of the basin, estimated to span the past 50 and 70KaBP, indicate a modulation of the late Quaternary stratigraphy by cyclic variations in lake level driven by Milankovitch forcing. Based on these results we derive the long-term history of the basin from a gamma-ray log recovered from a 2.8 km-deep geothermal borehole drilled by the Mexican Power Company adjacent to the Laguna Salada fault. The stratigraphy of the deep borehole reveals a history of activity pulses related to the initial breakage of the Laguna Salada fault and its interaction with neighboring faults. A first pulse started at 1.5 Ma and records the initiation of the Laguna Salada fault and rapid uplift of the crystalline block of the Sierra Cucapa. A second pulse started around 1 Ma, and is very likely related to the hard linking of the Laguna Salada fault with the Cañada David detachment by the Cañon Rojo fault. The onset of the Laguna Salada fault at 1.5 Ma appears to be synchronous with an early Pleistocene regional fault reorganization among the San Jacinto, San Andreas and Elsinore fault systems in southern California, suggesting that this reorganization may have affected a large area from San Gorgonio pass to the northern Gulf of California.

  13. Seismic activity at the Las Tres Virgenes, B. C. S, Mexico, geothermal field. Actividad sismica del campo geotermico de Las Tres Virgenes, Baja California Sur, Mexico

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    Guerrero Guadarrama, Jose Luis (Gerencia de Proyectos Geotermoelectricos de la Comision Federal de Electricidad, Morelia (Mexico))

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    A study of the seismic activity at Las Tres Virgenes Geothermal field in Baja California Sur (Baja California Sur), Mexico is presented. Four monitoring periods are comprised: 28 January to 12 May 1993; 5 January to 24 April 1994; 25 May to 19 August 1995 and 30 August to 02 November 1995. The influence of the geological structure on the seismic activity of the field was considered by means of: a velocities model based on field geology, borehole data, a reflection seismic profile, considerations on the thermal gradient in the zone, and local and regional geophysical models. Site corrections that were considered necessary to improve the velocities model were determined trough simulation runs of seismic events at 4 km depth with reference to sea level and to a mean topographic height of 400 m. Main interpretation consists in the correlation of epicenters with the volcanic edifices and tectonics, identifying the maximum activity zones related with geothermal interest areas. Registered seismic information constitutes a framework for the study of the future seismic activity during reservoir exploitation.

  14. Lecturas de Baja California (Readings from Baja California).

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    Munoz, Gabriel Trujillo, Ed.

    This anthology/textbook is part of a Mexican series of instructional materials designed for Spanish speaking adults who are in the process of becoming literate or have recently become literate in their native language. This document presents a collection of works from important writers directed to the population of Baja California, especially to…

  15. Comparative analysis of the reproductive strategy of lion's paw scallop Nodipecten subnodosus in Baja California Sur, Mexico

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    Marco A Angel-Dapa

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available The reproductive strategy of lion's paw scallop Nodipecten subnodosus was evaluated in a culturing system in Bahía Tortugas, Baja California Sur, Mexico during an annual cycle, comparing its response with data previously reported at other localities. High frequencies of ripe gonads throughout the year indicate that reproduction was continuous, with two main ripening/spawning events: July-September and December-March. A continuous breeding is also reported for the species in Bahía Magdalena, Bahía Juncalito, and Bahía de Los Angeles. These eutrophic areas are Biological Active Centers where gametogenesis appears to be regulated by the energy taken from recently ingested food following an opportunistic strategy. However, the digestive gland index decreased and the muscle indices increased during one of the breeding peaks, suggesting that some stored reserves are also used to sustain gametogenesis (conservative strategy partially. High incidences of atretic oocytes are likely associated with atypical daily variations in water temperature from May through September (12 to 33°C, or with stressful conditions in the culturing system in summer. Despite this, the culturing system set in Bahía Tortugas appears beneficial for a continuous reproduction of N. subnodosus.

  16. Community Liaison as Factor for Image and Positioning of the Autonomous University of Baja California, Mexico, in the Social and Productive Context

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    Víctor Manuel Alcántar Enríquez

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    Full Text Available This study presents the results of an extensive research on the society’s perceptions of the activities the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC, for its acronym in Spanish Universidad Autónoma de Baja California develops in Mexico. This non-experimental research uses an explorative-descriptive methodology, with a transactional research design based on a holistic method and an illuminative evaluation, which analyzes the institutional positioning of UABC in several social sectors, as well as its determining factors. Results support the hypothesis that liaison activities have a significant effect on the regional positioning of the UABC as a higher education institution. The results also helped to identify weaknesses and opportunities that could direct future institutional efforts. In addition, this study provides new elements on liaison, institutional image, and positioning, as well as a conceptual model that involves these variables.

  17. Bimodal Distribution of Risk for Childhood Obesity in Urban Baja California, Mexico

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    Wojcicki, Janet M.; Jimenez-Cruz, Arturo; Bacardi-Gascon, Montserrat; Schwartz, Norah; Heyman, Melvin B.

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    In Mexico, higher socioeconomic status (SES) has been found to be associated with increased risk for obesity in children. Within developed urban areas, however, there may be increased risk among lower SES children. Students in grades 4–6 from five public schools in Tijuana and Tecate, Mexico, were interviewed and weight, height and waist circumference (WC) measurements were taken. Interviews consisted of questions on food frequency, food insecurity, acculturation, physical activity and lifest...

  18. PATHOGENIC LEPTOSPIRA SEROVARS IN FREE-LIVING SEA LIONS IN THE GULF OF CALIFORNIA AND ALONG THE BAJA CALIFORNIA COAST OF MEXICO.

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    Avalos-Téllez, Rosalía; Carrillo-Casas, Erika M; Atilano-López, Daniel; Godínez-Reyes, Carlos R; Díaz-Aparicio, Efrén; Ramírez-Delgado, David; Ramírez-Echenique, María F; Leyva-Leyva, Margarita; Suzán, Gerardo; Suárez-Güemes, Francisco

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    The California sea lion ( Zalophus californianus ), a permanent inhabitant of the Gulf of California in Mexico, is susceptible to pathogenic Leptospira spp. infection, which can result in hepatic and renal damage and may lead to renal failure and death. During summer 2013, we used the microscopic agglutination test (MAT) to investigate the prevalence of anti-Leptospira antibodies in blood of clinically healthy sea lion pups from seven rookery islands on the Pacific Coast of Baja California (Pacific Ocean) and in the Gulf of California. We also used PCR to examine blood for Leptospira DNA. Isolation of Leptospira in liquid media was unsuccessful. We found higher antibody prevalence in sea lions from the rookery islands in the gulf than in those from the Pacific Coast. Antibodies against 11 serovars were identified in the Gulf of California population; the most frequent reactions were against serovars Bataviae (90%), Pyrogenes (86%), Wolffi (86%), Celledoni (71%), and Pomona (65%). In the Pacific Ocean population, MAT was positive against eight serovars, where Wolffi (88%), Pomona (75%), and Bataviae (70%) were the most frequent. Serum samples agglutinated with more than one Leptospira serovar. The maximum titer was 3,200. Each island had a different serology profile, and islands combined showed a distinct profile for each region. We detected pathogenic Leptospira DNA in 63% of blood samples, but we found no saprophytic Leptospira. Positive PCR results were obtained in blood samples with high and low MAT titers. Together, these two methods enhance the diagnosis and interpretation of sea lion leptospirosis. Our results may be related to human activities or the presence of other reservoirs with which sea lions interact, and they may also be related to sea lion stranding. PMID:26967136

  19. Red de mercadeo y rentabilidad de flor de corte en el Valle de Mexicali, Baja California, México Marketing network and profitability of cut flower for Mexicali Valley, Baja California, Mexico

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    Blancka Yesenia Samaniego-Gámez

    2012-06-01

    during 2004 with more than 122 million pesos, considering flower seed and cut flower production. Most of cut flowers produced in state of Baja California Norte is for export market, by this reason local market means an opportunity for introducing quality products at market prices from national companies. Mexicali city, by being near USA and together with its population economic wealth thanks to profitability of cotton and orchards production in Mexicali Valley, is one or the main producer region in the country. By this reason and thanks to great amount of flower shops located in the region the aim of describing marketing network and profitability for cut flower in Mexicali Valley is proposed. Market study and diagnose to make FODA analysis were developed, defining strategies in order to seize economic potential. Actual distribution networks and marketing system consist in moving cut flowers from production centers, Córdoba, Veracruz and Coatepec de Harinas district, state of Mexico, up to Mexicali Valley, Baja California, keeping quality and optimum vase life for final customer, also proper planning for production chain due not covered demand along year it is required, the population has economical potential and tradition to give flowers guaranteeing good profitability. Roses (Rosa gigantea and R. chinensis L., asian lilies (Lilium spp., chrysanthemum [Dendranthema x grandiflorum (Ramat Kitamura c. v. Polaris White], carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus, gerbera (Gerbera jamesonii H. Bolux ex Hook F. and oriental lilies (Lilium spp. are species with more consumers' interest.

  20. Baseline heavy metals and metalloid values in blood of loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) from Baja California Sur, Mexico

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    Highlights: → We report baseline levels of selected heavy metals in blood of Pacific loggerhead turtles. → Blood was used to measure in a relatively non-invasive way baseline values of heavy metals. → Zn and Cd were found in high concentrations compared to levels reported in other parts of the world. → Cu concentrations in blood are high as they relate to concentrations in muscle. → No correlations were found between of heavy metals and metalloids analyzed and the size of the turtles. - Abstract: Environmental pollution due to heavy metals is having an increased impact on marine wildlife accentuated by anthropogenic changes in the planet including overfishing, agricultural runoff and marine emerging infectious diseases. Sea turtles are considered sentinels of ecological health in marine ecosystems. The objective of this study was to determine baseline concentrations of zinc, cadmium, copper, nickel, selenium, manganese, mercury and lead in blood of 22 clinically healthy, loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta), captured for several reasons in Puerto Lopez Mateos, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Zinc was the most prevalent metal in blood (41.89 μg g-1), followed by Selenium (10.92 μg g-1). The mean concentration of toxic metal Cadmium was 6.12 μg g-1 and 1.01 μg g-1 respectively. Mean concentrations of metals followed this pattern: Zn > Se > Ni > Cu > Mn > Cd > Pb and Hg. We can conclude that blood is an excellent tissue to measure in relatively non-invasive way baseline values of heavy metals in Caretta caretta.

  1. Application of MODIS-ASTER (MASTER) simulator data to geological mapping of young volcanic regions in Baja California, Mexico

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    Dmochowski, Jane Ellen

    Visible, near infrared, short-wave infrared, and thermal infrared multi-channel remote sensing data, MODIS-ASTER (MASTER), are used to extract geologic information from two volcanic regions in Baja California, Mexico: Tres Virgenes-La Reforma Volcanic Region and the volcanic island of Isla San Luis. The visible and near infrared and short-wave infrared data were atmospherically corrected and classified. The resulting classification roughly delineates surfaces that vary in their secondary minerals. Attempts to identify these minerals using ENVI's Spectral Analyst(TM) were moderately successful. The analysis of the thermal infrared data utilizes the shift to longer wavelengths in the Reststrahlen band as the mineralogy changes from felsic to mafic to translate the data into values of weight percent SiO2. The results indicate that the general approach tends to underestimate the weight percent SiO2 in the image. This discrepancy is removed with a "site calibration," which provides good results in the calculated weight percent SiO2 with errors of a few percent. However, errors become larger with rugged topography or low solar angle at the time of image acquisition. Analysis of bathymetric data around Isla San Luis, and consideration of the island's alignment with the Ballenas transform fault zone to the south and volcanic seamounts nearby, suggest Isla San Luis is potentially volcanically active and could be the product of a "leaky" transform fault. The results from the image analysis in the Tres Virgenes-La Reforma Volcanic Region show the La Reforma and El Aguajito volcanic centers to be bimodal in composition and verify the most recent volcanism in the Tres Virgenes region to be basaltic-andesite. The results of fieldwork and image analysis indicate that the volcanic products of the central dome of La Reforma are likely a sequence of welded ash flow tuffs and lavas of varied composition, evidence of its origin as a caldera.

  2. Blue fan palm distribution and seed removal patterns in three desert oases of northern Baja California, Mexico

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    Wehncke, Elisabet V.; López-Medellín, Xavier; Ezcurra, Exequiel

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    Information on the current processes controlling the distribution patterns of relict palm populations at the limit of their northwestern distribution in America are poorly known. We explored the importance of post-dispersal seed removal by vertebrates, recruitment, and distribution patterns of the blue fan palm, Brahea armata, in the Northern Baja California peninsula, by evaluating (i) the levels of blue fan palm seed removal by vertebrates at two spatial scales and the initial fate of dispe...

  3. Influencia de los Contaminantes Atmosféricos en las Infecciones Respiratorias Agudas en Mexicali-Baja California, México Influence of Atmospheric Pollutants on Acute Respiratory Infections in Mexicali-Baja California, Mexico

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    Martha Ramírez-Rembao

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    Full Text Available El objetivo de este estudio es identificar la relación entre los contaminantes: ozono, monóxido de carbono, partículas suspendidas(PM10, temperatura y humedad con la incidencia de morbilidad por Infecciones Respiratorias Agudas (IRAs en el área urbana de Mexicali en el estado de Baja California en México. Se recolectó información de estaciones de monitoreo del aire establecidas en Mexicali, en el período 2001-2005, y se utilizaron modelos de regresión lineal simple y múltiple para analizar estas variables, relacionándolas con IRAs. Se encontró un alto coeficiente de determinación de monóxido de carbono con IRAs en el occidente y centro de la ciudad, bajo con ozono y PM10 y elevado con temperatura. Basado en los resultados este estudio proporciona, se evidencia la alta relación entre el monóxido de carbono y la temperatura con las infecciones respiratorias agudas.The objective of this research is to identify the relationship between pollutants (ozone, carbon monoxide, PM10, temperature and humidity and the morbidity of acute respiratory infections (ARI in Mexicali, state of Baja California in Mexico. Information was obtained from air monitoring stations in Mexicali, during the period 2001-2005. Simple lineal and multiple regression models were used to relate the variables and acute respiratory infections. A high coefficient of determination of carbon monoxide and ARI was found in the western and central areas of the city. A lower coefficient was found with ozone and suspended particles but temperature showed a high coefficient. Based on the results, this research study provides evidence of the high relationship between carbon monoxide, temperature and ARI.

  4. Composición del aceite esencial de Tagetes lacera, planta endémica de Baja California Sur, México Composition of essential oil of Tagetes lacera, endemic plant from Baja California Sur, Mexico

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    Francisco Díaz-Cedillo

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    Full Text Available Es escasa la información sobre la biología y química de Tagetes lacera Brand. (Asteraceae, especie endémica de Baja California Sur (BCS, México, que por su porte alto y presencia de aroma es una fuente de aceites esenciales útil para el control de plagas y enfermedades de cultivos agrícolas. A partir de partes aéreas de plantas en floración de T. lacera recolectadas en la sierra de la Laguna, BCS se obtuvo aceite esencial mediante hidrodestilación. Por medio del procedimiento de análisis CG-EM, se identificaron 6 compuestos principales: E-tagetona (26.2%, crisantenona (24.8%, verbenona (22.1%, α-thujeno (20.5%, β-pineno (3.1% y α-pineno (1.9%.It is scarce the background on the biology and chemistry of Tagetes lacera Brand. (Asteraceae, an endemic species from Baja California Sur (BCS, Mexico that considering its plant high and odor is an essential oil source to obtain biopesticides. From aerial parts of plants fully flowered of T. lacera picked in Sierra de la Laguna, BCS, essential oil was obtained by hydrodistillation. Using GC-MS analysis, 6 major compounds were identified: E-tagetone (26.2%, chrysanthenone (24.8%, verbenone (22.1%, α-thujene (20.5%, β-pinene (3.1%, α-pinene (1.9%.

  5. Submarine Neotectonic Investigations of the Bahia Soledad Fault, off Northern Baja California Near the US - Mexico Border

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    Anderson, K.; Lundsten, E. M.; Paull, C. K.; Caress, D. W.; Thomas, H. J.; Maier, K. L.; McGann, M.; Herguera, J. C.; Gwiazda, R.; Arregui, S.; Barrientos, L. A.

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    The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) conducted detailed surveys at selected sites on the seafloor along the Bahia Soledad Fault offshore of Northern Baja California, Mexico, during a two-ship expedition in the spring of 2015. The Bahia Soledad Fault is a NNW-trending strike-slip fault that is likely continuous with the San Diego Trough Fault offshore of San Diego, California. Constraining the style of deformation, continuity, and slip rate along this fault system is critical to characterizing the seismic hazards to the adjacent coastal areas extending from Los Angeles to Ensenada. Detailed morphologic surveys were conducted using an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) to provide ultra high-resolution multibeam bathymetry (vertical precision of 0.15 m and horizontal resolution of 1.0 m). The AUV also carried a 2-10 kHz chirp sub-bottom profiler and an Edgetech 110kHz and 410kHz sidescan. The two sites along the Bahia Soledad Fault each run ~6 km along the fault with ~1.8 km wide footprint. The resulting bathymetry shows these fault zones are marked with distinct lineations that are flanked by ~1 km long elongated ridges and depressions which are interpreted to be transpressional pop-up structures and transtensional pull-apart basins up to 100 m of relief. Offset seismic reflectors that extend to near the seafloor confirm that these lineations are fault scarps. The detailed bathymetric maps and sub-bottom profiles were used to locate key sites where deformed stratigraphic horizons along the fault are within 1.5 m of the seafloor. These areas were sampled using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) equipped with a vibracoring system capable of collecting precisely located cores that are up to 1.5 m long. The coupled use of multibeam imagery and surgically-collected stratigraphic samples will enable to constrain the frequency and timing of recent movements on this fault which will be useful to incorporated into future seismic hazard assessment.

  6. Distribution, genetic structure, and conservation status of the rare microendemic species, Guaiacum unijugum (Zygophyllaceae) in the Cape Region of Baja California, Mexico

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    Ross A. McCauley; Cortés-Palomec, Aurea C.; Ken Oyama

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    Guaiacum unijugum is a rare shrub endemic to a 70 km stretch of coastline extending east from San José del Cabo in Baja California and is the least well-known of the 4 species of Guaiacum in Mexico. To increase our knowledge of this species and assess its conservation status we surveyed the extent of occurrence using both herbarium material and field work, assessed levels of genetic diversity, determined its phylogenetic relationships, and completed an evaluation of risk of extinction (MER). ...

  7. Bimodal distribution of risk for childhood obesity in urban Baja California, Mexico.

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    Wojcicki, Janet M; Jimenez-Cruz, Arturo; Bacardi-Gascon, Montserrat; Schwartz, Norah; Heyman, Melvin B

    2012-08-01

    In Mexico, higher socioeconomic status (SES) has been found to be associated with increased risk for obesity in children. Within developed urban areas, however, there may be increased risk among lower SES children. Students in grades 4-6 from five public schools in Tijuana and Tecate, Mexico, were interviewed and weight, height and waist circumference (WC) measurements were taken. Interviews consisted of questions on food frequency, food insecurity, acculturation, physical activity and lifestyle practices. Multivariate logistic models were used to assess risk factors for obesity (having a body mass index [BMI] ≥95th percentile) and abdominal obesity (a WC >90th percentile) using Stata 11.0. Five hundred and ninety students were enrolled; 43.7% were overweight or obese, and 24.3% were obese and 20.2% had abdominal obesity. Independent risk factors for obesity included watching TV in English (odds ratio [OR] 1.60, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.06-2.41) and perceived child food insecurity (OR 1.57, 95% CI 1.05-2.36). Decreased risk for obesity was associated with female sex (OR 0.64, 95% CI 0.43-0.96), as was regular multivitamin use (OR 0.63, 95% CI 0.42-0.94). Risk obesity was also decreased with increased taco consumption (≥1×/week; OR 0.64, 95% CI 0.43-0.96). Independent risk factors for abdominal obesity included playing video games ≥1×/week (OR 1.18, 95% CI 1.11-2.96) and older age group (10-11 years, OR 2.47, 95% CI 1.29-4.73 and ≥12 years, OR 2.21, 95% CI 1.09-4.49). Increased consumption of tacos was also associated with decreased risk for abdominal obesity (≥1×/week; OR 0.56, 95% CI 0.40-1.00). We found a bimodal distribution for risk of obesity and abdominal obesity in school aged children on the Mexican border with the United States. Increased risk for obesity and abdominal obesity were associated with factors indicative of lower and higher SES including watching TV in English, increased video game playing and perceived food insecurity

  8. Subsidence monitoring with geotechnical instruments in the Mexicali Valley, Baja California, Mexico

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    Glowacka, E.; Sarychikhina, O.; Márquez Ramírez, V. H.; Robles, B.; Nava, F. A.; Farfán, F.; García Arthur, M. A.

    2015-11-01

    The Mexicali Valley (northwestern Mexico), situated in the southern part of the San Andreas fault system, is an area with high tectonic deformation, recent volcanism, and active seismicity. Since 1973, fluid extraction, from the 1500-3000 m depth range, at the Cerro Prieto Geothermal Field (CPGF), has influenced deformation in the Mexicali Valley area, accelerating the subsidence and causing slip along the traces of tectonic faults that limit the subsidence area. Detailed field mapping done since 1989 (González et al., 1998; Glowacka et al., 2005; Suárez-Vidal et al., 2008) in the vicinity of the CPGF shows that many subsidence induced fractures, fissures, collapse features, small grabens, and fresh scarps are related to the known tectonic faults. Subsidence and fault rupture are causing damage to infrastructure, such as roads, railroad tracks, irrigation channels, and agricultural fields. Since 1996, geotechnical instruments installed by CICESE (Centro de Investigación Ciéntifica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada, B.C.) have operated in the Mexicali Valley, for continuous recording of deformation phenomena. Instruments are installed over or very close to the affected faults. To date, the network includes four crackmeters and eight tiltmeters; all instruments have sampling intervals in the 1 to 20 min range. Instrumental records typically show continuous creep, episodic slip events related mainly to the subsidence process, and coseismic slip discontinuities (Glowacka et al., 1999, 2005, 2010; Sarychikhina et al., 2015). The area has also been monitored by levelling surveys every few years and, since the 1990's by studies based on DInSAR data (Carnec and Fabriol, 1999; Hansen, 2001; Sarychikhina et al., 2011). In this work we use data from levelling, DInSAR, and geotechnical instruments records to compare the subsidence caused by anthropogenic activity and/or seismicity with slip recorded by geotechnical instruments, in an attempt to obtain more information

  9. Conceptualization of groundwater flow of a coastal arid aquifer using isotopic and chemical tools: La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico

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    Tamez-Melendez, Carol; Hernández-Antonio, Arturo; Mahlknecht, Jürgen

    2016-04-01

    Groundwater from the La Paz coastal aquifer in Baja California Sur, Mexico, is the main source of drinking water for the local population. Due to its proximity to the coast, sea water intrusion is the main factor of salinization of groundwater. Other geochemical processes also affect the quality of the aquifer threating its vulnerability. Forty-seven samples were analyzed for ion chemistry and isotopes. A hierarchical cluster analysis was performed for a better interpretation resulting in three main groups and proved for geographical correspondence. Deuterium and d18O ranged from -82 to -52.1 and from -11.6 to -7 permil, respectively, showing that the main recharge originates in the Sierra el Novillo, flowing toward SE-NW direction and in accordance to deuterium excess (d) high evaporation effects (d>10‰) are mostly in the middle portion of the study area and in El Centenario due to high kinetic isotope fractioning related to elevated temperatures. Hydrogeochemistry analyses demonstrated salinization mainly due to sea water intrusion and in second instance due water-rock interaction, where enrichment of Na+ (ranges from 35.7 to 1089 mg/L-1) was present in some samples probably due to weathering of silicates and/or cation exchange in soils with Ca2+ (27.7 to 658 mg/L-1) at clay-surfaces. High concentrations of NO3-2 (ranges from 1.4 to 48.8 mg/L-1), Cl- (ranges from 54.4 to 2960 mg/L-1) and Na+ show that anthropogenic input is mainly coming from an agricultural area (El Centenario-Chametla) where heavy groundwater extractions are made for irrigational purposes, lowering the groundwater table up to 10 m and consequently promoting upconing and salinity concentrations (NaCl). Carbon-13 and radiocarbon ranged from -12.3 to -9.1‰ and from 29.5 to 100.4 pmC, respectively. Distribution of ages (up to ~5000 years) indicates two flow trends (E-W and SE-NW).

  10. The vascular flora and floristic relationships of the Sierra de La Giganta in Baja California Sur, Mexico La flora vascular y las relaciones florísticas de la sierra de La Giganta de Baja California Sur, México

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    José Luis León de la Luz

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    Full Text Available The Sierra de La Giganta is a semi-arid region in the southern part of the Baja California peninsula of Mexico. Traditionally, this area has been excluded as a sector of the Sonoran Desert and has been more often lumped with the dry-tropical Cape Region of southern Baja California peninsula, but this classical concept of the vegetation has not previously been analyzed using formal documentation. In the middle of the last century, Annetta Carter, a botanist from the University of California, began explorations in the Sierra de La Giganta that lasted 24 years, she collected 1 550 specimens and described several new species from this area, but she never published an integrated study of the flora. Our objectives, having developed extensive collections in the same area over the past years, are to provide a comprehensive species list and description of the vegetation of this mountain range. We found a flora of 729 taxa, poorly represented in tree life-forms (3.1%, a moderate level (4.4% of endemism, and the dominance of plants in the sampling plots is composed mainly for legume trees and shrubs. Additionally, using a biogeographical approach, we compare our list with other known lists of plants from 5 areas, 3 in the Cape Region, 1 in the Sonoran Desert, and other in the thornscrub area of NW Mexico. We conclude that the La Giganta flora has a mixed composition, primarily made up of plants shared with the lowlands of the southern Cape Region, but also share an important proportion of the flora with the desert mountains of the central peninsula and some with the Sonoran desertscrub of mainland Mexico. Consequently we support that the La Giganta flora is part of a floristic continuum along the volcanic mountains of the southern peninsula that eventually could be considered a new eco-region in the same peninsular land.La sierra de La Giganta se localiza en el estado de Baja California Sur, México, en una región semi-árida. Tradicionalmente, esta

  11. Volcanic Markers of the Post-Subduction Evolution of Baja California and Sonora, Mexico: Slab Tearing Versus Lithospheric Rupture of the Gulf of California

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    Calmus, Thierry; Pallares, Carlos; Maury, René C.; Aguillón-Robles, Alfredo; Bellon, Hervé; Benoit, Mathieu; Michaud, François

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    Abstract?The study of the geochemical compositions and K-Ar or Ar-Ar ages of ca. 350 Neogene and Quaternary lavas from Baja California, the Gulf of California and Sonora allows us to discuss the nature of their mantle or crustal sources, the conditions of their melting and the tectonic regime prevailing during their genesis and emplacement. Nine petrographic/geochemical groups are distinguished: ??regular' calc-alkaline lavas; adakites; magnesian andesites and related basalts and basaltic and...

  12. Environmental impact of bleufin tuna aquaculture on benthic assemblages in the western coast of Baja California, Mexico

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    Diaz-Castaneda, V.

    2013-05-01

    Sea-cage farming results in a constant rain of organic waste onto the surrounding benthos. In Baja California there is growing concern over the effects of sea-cages on the local environment: sediment chemistry and benthic communities. Samples were taken in 18 stations using a Van veen grab (0.1 m2) in Bahía Salsipuedes, Baja California in 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2008. Organisms belonging to 7 Phyla were collected: Polychaeta, Mollusca, Crustacea, Echinodermata, Cnidaria, Sipuncula and Bryozoa. Polychaetes were the dominant group followed by crustaceans and mollusks. Polychaetes were represented by 37 families and 157 species. Best represented families were Paraonidae, Cirratulidae, Spionidae, Glyceridae and Maldanidae. This study shows that in the NW area of the bay organic carbon (2.54%) and organic nitrogen (0.95%) are being accumulated (higher concentrations and lower Eh values) and smaller opportunistic species are increasing rapidly near the tuna pens. It is crucial to maintain "healthy" macrofaunal populations in order to enhance decomposition of organic matter and to prevent its excessive accumulation. The most abundant polychaete species were Aphelochaeta multifinis, Mediomastus ambiseta, Prionospio steenstrupi Spiophanes bombyx, Apoprionospio pygnaea, Paraonella sp, Monticellina sp, Aricidea (Allia) ramosa, Spiophanes bombyx and Levinsenia gracilis. The dominant trophic groups were deposit-feeders and carnivores. The buildup of organic matter on the seafloor has attracted scavenger species particularly peracarid crustaceans. Non-metric multidimensional scaling (MDS) separated stations depending of the distance to the tuna pens.

  13. Primary colonization and breakdown of igneous rocks by endemic, succulent elephant trees ( Pachycormus discolor) of the deserts in Baja California, Mexico

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    Bashan, Yoav; Vierheilig, Horst; Salazar, Bernardo G.; de-Bashan, Luz E.

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    Trees growing in rocks without soil are uncommon. In two arid regions in Baja California, Mexico, field surveys found large numbers of rock-colonizing elephant trees ( Pachycormus discolor (Benth.) Coville ex Standl. (Mexican name: copalquin) growing in igneous rocks (granite and basalt) as primary colonizers without the benefit of soil or with a very small amount of soil generated by their own growth. Many adult trees broke large granite boulders and were capable of wedging, growing in, and colonizing rocks and cliffs made of ancient lava flows. This is the first record of a tree species, apart from the previously recorded cacti, capable of primary colonization of rocks and rock rubble in hot deserts.

  14. An annotated distributional checklist of exotic freshwater fishes from the Baja California Peninsula, Mexico Lista comentada sobre la distribución de peces dulceacuícolas exóticos de la península de Baja California, México

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    Gorgonio Ruiz-Campos; Salvador Contreras-Balderas; Asunción Andreu-Soler; Alejandro Varela-Romero; Ernesto Campos

    2012-01-01

    We documented the distributional status of 27 exotic fish species in the inland waters of the Baja California Peninsula, Mexico, based on voucher specimens collected from 122 sites between 1977 and 2010, and on published records. The species reported here are representatives of genera from the Atlantic drainages of North America (Ictalurus, Ameiurus, Pylodictis, Morone, Lepomis, Pomoxis, Dorosoma, Cyprinella, and Micropterus), Middle America (Poecilia, Gambusia, and Xiphophorus), Eurasia (Cyp...

  15. Evolution of the 2014-2015 sea surface temperature warming in the central west coast of Baja California, Mexico, recorded by remote sensing

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    Robinson, Carlos J.

    2016-07-01

    Extraordinarily warm sea surface temperatures were present in the California Current System during 2014-2015. In several locations surface waters temperature registered new record high in the recent time series. This study focuses in the evolution of the warming in the southern part of the California Current System (CCS), off the west coast of Baja California, Mexico. Analysis of monthly sea surface temperature (SST), sea level pressure, and wind speed as measured by satellite from January 1988 to December 2015 show that recent warming occurred during two distinct periods. From May 2014 to April 2015, SST warming was related to weak coastal winds not associated to El Niño. During this period occurred the longest sustained record of 15 months of negative wind anomalies in the series. A reduction of wind stress suggests a weakened coastal upwelling, and consequently, cold water not transported into the surface. The second process of warming occurred from September to December 2015, during a strong El Niño condition.

  16. Sea-surface temperature gradients across blue whale and sea turtle foraging trajectories off the Baja California Peninsula, Mexico

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    Etnoyer, Peter; Canny, David; Mate, Bruce R.; Morgan, Lance E.; Ortega-Ortiz, Joel G.; Nichols, Wallace J.

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    Sea-surface temperature (SST) fronts are integral to pelagic ecology in the North Pacific Ocean, so it is necessary to understand their character and distribution, and the way these features influence the behavior of endangered and highly migratory species. Here, telemetry data from sixteen satellite-tagged blue whales ( Balaenoptera musculus) and sea turtles ( Caretta caretta, Chelonia mydas, and Lepidochelys olivacea) are employed to characterize 'biologically relevant' SST fronts off Baja California Sur. High residence times are used to identify presumed foraging areas, and SST gradients are calculated across advanced very high resolution radiometer (AVHRR) images of these regions. The resulting values are compared to classic definitions of SST fronts in the oceanographic literature. We find subtle changes in surface temperature (between 0.01 and 0.10 °C/km) across the foraging trajectories, near the lowest end of the oceanographic scale (between 0.03 and 0.3 °C/km), suggesting that edge-detection algorithms using gradient thresholds >0.10 °C/km may overlook pelagic habitats in tropical waters. We use this information to sensitize our edge-detection algorithm, and to identify persistent concentrations of subtle SST fronts in the Northeast Pacific Ocean between 2002 and 2004. The lower-gradient threshold increases the number of fronts detected, revealing more potential habitats in different places than we find with a higher-gradient threshold. This is the expected result, but it confirms that pelagic habitat can be overlooked, and that the temperature gradient parameter is an important one.

  17. Transformations of Mangrove Forests in Bahia Magdalena, Baja California Sur, Mexico: Two Decade Results Based on Landsat Imageries

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    Suresh Babu, S.; Abdul Rahaman, S.; Muthushankar, G.; Jonathan, M. P.

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    Mangrove forests which thrive along the tropical and subtropical regions are the most productive ecosystems in the world with a wide range of ecological and economical services to mankind. With the rapid urbanization across the globe, these forests tend to be destroying at an alarming rate. The area of concern for this study, Bahia Magdalena is very important for the economy of the state as nearly 50% of the artisan fisheries are established in the mangrove zone. Henceforth this study is an attempt for a regional assessment and to accurately quantify the mangroves using LANDSAT imageries for over two decades in Bahia Magdalena, Baja California. Satellite imageries from the year 1986 through 2014 were analysed to assess the prolonged changes taking place in and around the mangrove reserve. Using the estimates of land use/cover for all the years, the spatio - temporal data was validated using ArcGIS software. The results revealed that the spatial extent of mangroves are decreasing until 2005 due to the developmental plans such as tourism, shrimp farming and establishment of industries in this part of the country. During the past 10 years (~ after 2005) there is no much change in the area extent of mangrove reserves due to afforestation and conservation efforts. Thus the unbiased dataset generated may be widely used for an improved understanding of the role of mangrove forests in the socio economic aspects, protection from natural disasters, identify possible areas for conservation, restoration and rehabilitation; and improve estimates of the amount of carbon stored in mangrove vegetation and the associated marine environment. Keywords: Mangroves, LANDSAT, Bahia Magdalena, México.

  18. Deep-water bivalve mollusks collected during the TALUD XV cruise off the west coast of the southern Baja California Peninsula, Mexico

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    Valentich-Scott, Paul; Suárez-Mozo, Nancy Yolimar

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Background During the TALUD XV research cruise off the southern part of the Baja California Peninsula, Mexico, samples of macro-invertebrates obtained in the deep-sea (296–2136 m) revealed a rich fauna of bivalves (17 species belonging to 10 families). The number of species per station varied from one to five. The richest families were Nuculidae, Nuculanidae, Neilonellidae, Limidae, and Cuspidariidae. Solemyidae, Lucinidae, Poromyidae, Verticordiidae, and Pectinidae were each represented by a single species. Some species groups need a thorough revision and were tentatively identified (Nuculana cf. hamata, Limatula cf. saturna). New information Significant new distribution information is provided for two species, both recorded for the first time from off western Mexico: Ennucula panamina with an extension of its known distribution over 20° of latitude north and Jupiteria callimene with an extension of 16° 42' of latitude to the north. One species (Ennucula taeniolata) is reported in shallower depth and one in deeper water (Acesta sphoni). New records are provided for an additional nine species. Environmental and habitat conditions are given for the first time for many of the bivalve species. PMID:27346956

  19. Composición del aceite esencial de Tagetes lacera, planta endémica de Baja California Sur, México Composition of essential oil of Tagetes lacera, endemic plant from Baja California Sur, Mexico

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    Francisco Díaz-Cedillo; Miguel A. Serrato-Cruz; Mario Arce-Montoya; José L León-de la Luz

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    Es escasa la información sobre la biología y química de Tagetes lacera Brand. (Asteraceae), especie endémica de Baja California Sur (BCS), México, que por su porte alto y presencia de aroma es una fuente de aceites esenciales útil para el control de plagas y enfermedades de cultivos agrícolas. A partir de partes aéreas de plantas en floración de T. lacera recolectadas en la sierra de la Laguna, BCS se obtuvo aceite esencial mediante hidrodestilación. Por medio del procedimiento de análisis CG...

  20. El cardón Pachycereus pringlei, nuevo hospedero para Scyphophorus acupunctatus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) en Baja California Sur, México The giant cardon cactus Pachycereus pringlei, a new host for Scyphophorus acupunctatus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in Baja California Sur, Mexico

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    Yolanda Maya; Carlos Palacios-Cardiel; Ma. Luisa Jiménez

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    Se presenta el primer registro de una cactácea, Pachycereus pringlei (cardón), especie dominante del matorral xerófilo de la península de Baja California, como hospedero de Scyphophorus acupunctatus (picudo del agave). A partir de observaciones y la recolección de individuos adultos y larvas, se pudo establecer que el picudo del agave causa al menos 3 tipos de daño al cardón: 1), barrenado en la región apical de los brazos por los adultos; 2), consumo de la médula de los brazos por las larvas...

  1. Gobernanza de la infraestructura y sustentabilidad ecosistémica en Punta Colonet, Baja California, México Governance of infrastructure and ecosystem sustainability in Punta Colonet, Baja California state, Mexico

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    Ricardo V. Santes Álvarez; Hugo Riemann González

    2013-01-01

    Este artículo estudia la problemática sociopolítica y ambiental de la probable construcción del puerto de Punta Colonet, en Baja California. Anunciado como el principal proyecto de infraestructura del gobierno federal, su concepción olvida objetivos de conservación de recursos e intereses locales. El surgimiento de la dualidad entre "desarrollistas" y "conservacionistas" solamente enmascara una preocupación mayor: la fortaleza institucional. Consecuentemente, el análisis se sustenta en términ...

  2. New and noteworthy waterfowl records at artificial wetlands from Baja California Sur, Mexico Registros nuevos y sobresalientes de anátidos en humedales artificiales de Baja California Sur, México

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    Roberto Carmona; Víctor Ayala-Pérez; Antonio Gutiérrez Aguilar

    2011-01-01

    We present 9 recent records of rare waterfowls in Baja California Sur, all of them in artificial wetlands: 3 freshwater sites and 1 concentration area for a saltworks. We present the first records of the Ross's Goose in the state. The remaining 8 species are: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (breeding), Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Greater White-fronted Goose, Snow Goose, Cackling Goose, Tundra Swan, Mallard and Hooded Merganser. To this list we added an historical compilation of the records of these ...

  3. AUV Mapping and ROV Exploration of Los Frailes Submarine Canyon, Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, Baja California Sur, Mexico

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    Troni, G.; Caress, D. W.; Graves, D.; Thomas, H. J.; Thompson, D.; Barry, J. P.; Aburto-Oropeza, O.; Johnson, A. F.; Lundsten, L.

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    Los Frailes submarine canyon is located at the south boundary of the Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park on the southeast tip of the Baja California Peninsula. During the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) 2015 Gulf of California expedition we used an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) to map this canyon from 50 m to 450 m depths, and then explored the canyon with a small remotely operated vehicle (ROV). This three day R/V Rachel Carson cruise was a collaboration with the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Centro para la Biodiversidad Marina y la Conservación in La Paz. The MBARI AUV D. Allan B. collected high resolution bathymetry, sidescan, and subbottom profiles of Los Frailes submarine canyon and part of the north Cabo Pulmo deep reef. In order to safely generate a 1-m lateral resolution multibeam bathymetry map in the nearshore high relief terrain, the mapping operations consisted of an initial short survey following the 100-m isobath followed by a series of short, incremental AUV missions located on the deep edge of the new AUV bathymetry. The MBARI Mini-ROV was used to explore the submarine canyon within the detailed map created by the MBARI AUV. The Mini-ROV is a 1.2-m-long, 350 kg, 1,500-m-depth-rated ROV designed and constructed by MBARI. It is controlled by six 600-watt thrusters and is equipped with a high-definition video camera and navigation sensors. This small ROV carries less accurate, lower cost navigation sensors than larger vehicles. We implemented new algorithms to localize combining Doppler velocity log sensor data and low-cost MEMS-based inertial sensor data with sporadic ultra-short baseline position measurements to provide a high accuracy position estimation. The navigation performance allowed us to colocate the ROV video imagery with the 1-m resolution bathymetric map of the submarine canyon. Upper Los Frailes Canyon is rugged and, aside from small sand pockets along

  4. Gobernanza de la infraestructura y sustentabilidad ecosistémica en Punta Colonet, Baja California, México Governance of infrastructure and ecosystem sustainability in Punta Colonet, Baja California state, Mexico

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    Ricardo V. Santes Álvarez

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    Full Text Available Este artículo estudia la problemática sociopolítica y ambiental de la probable construcción del puerto de Punta Colonet, en Baja California. Anunciado como el principal proyecto de infraestructura del gobierno federal, su concepción olvida objetivos de conservación de recursos e intereses locales. El surgimiento de la dualidad entre "desarrollistas" y "conservacionistas" solamente enmascara una preocupación mayor: la fortaleza institucional. Consecuentemente, el análisis se sustenta en términos de normativas, actuación gubernamental y participación social. Asimismo, se presenta una propuesta de equilibrio entre infraestructura y sustentabilidad mediante un esquema alternativo de gobernación, el cual sugiere acordar la creación de un área esencial para la conservación.This article studies the sociopolitical and environmental problems associated with the likely construction of a port at Punta Colonet in Baja California State. Announced as the federal government's main infrastructure project, it overlooks earlier commitments to conserving local resources and interests. The confrontation that has emerged between "developmentalists" and "conservationists" glosses over a major concern: institutional strength. As a result, the analysis is mainly based on regulations, government action and social participation. Moreover, a balance is proposed between infrastructure and sustainability through an alternative governance framework, whereby an area would be created especially for conservation.

  5. Avistamientos recientes de águila real (Aquila chrysaetos en la sierra El Mechudo, Baja California Sur, México Recent sightings of Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos in the Sierra El Mechudo, Baja California Sur, Mexico

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    Israel Guerrero-Cárdenas

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    Full Text Available Se reportan nuevos avistamientos de águila real durante 3 años consecutivos (2007-2010 en 2 localidades de la sierra El Mechudo (El Saucito y las Tarabillas, Baja California Sur. Los avistamientos, se realizaron con cámaras-trampa y por observación directa. En BCS, los registros más recientes son de la sierra de la Laguna en el 2000. Se han detectado al menos 4 individuos diferentes, entre juveniles y adultos. La importancia de estos nuevos avistamientos reside en que por primera vez se registra la presencia del águila real en cuerpos de agua dulce.We report new sightings of Golden Eagle for 3 consecutive years (2007-2010 at 2 localities of the Sierra El Mechudo (El Saucito and Tarabillas, Baja California Sur. These sightings were recorded with camera traps and by direct observation. Most recent records from BCS are for the Sierra de la Laguna in 2000. At least 4 different individuals, both juveniles and adults, have been recorded. The importance of these new sightings is that for the first time we registered Golden Eagles infresh water wetlands.

  6. Natural history, ecology, and conservation of the genus Polyphylla Harris, 1841. 1. New species from the southwestern United States and Baja California, Mexico, with notes on distribution and synonymy (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Melolonthinae)

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    Four new species of the genus Polyphylla Harris (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Melolonthinae) from the southwestern United States and Baja California, Mexico, are described and illustrated: Polyphylla anivallis, P. koso, P. morroensis, and P. socorriana. Two nomenclatural changes are proposed: Polyphylla ratcliffei Young is placed into synonymy with P. avittata Hardy and Andrews, new synonymy; P. uteana Tanner is removed from synonymy and reinstated as a valid species, reinstated status. The fema...

  7. Media and nationalism in Baja California during World War II

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    Víctor M. Gruel Sández

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    The purpose of this work is to explain some journalistic representations of the Northern Territory of Baja California. The body of documents that pertain this article, will document different versions of the past of the peninsula, from the nature of political discourse. Bajacalifornians will appear represented by journalists, struggling to eliminate an image of an isolated, uninhabited place filled with U.S. citizens. The editorial portrayal of the Tijuana, Mexicali and Mexico City press will...

  8. Food habits of the silky shark Carcharhinus falciformis (Müller & Henle, 1839) off the western coast of Baja California Sur, Mexico

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    Cabrera Chávez, A.A; Galván Magaña, Felipe; Escobar Sánchez, Ofelia

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    The objective of this study was to establish the trophic niche of the silky shark and to determine the ecological role of this predator in the ecosystem close to Baja California. The trophic spectrum was analyzed from samples taken during summer and autumn (2000–2002) from the fishing camps of Punta Lobos and Punta Belcher on the western coast of Baja California Sur. A total of 263 stomach contents were analyzed (143 with food; 120 empty). The index of relative importance (IRI) showed that at...

  9. Spatio-temporal evolution of aseismic ground deformation in the Mexicali Valley (Baja California, Mexico) from 1993 to 2010, using differential SAR interferometry

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    Sarychikhina, O.; Glowacka, E.

    2015-11-01

    Ground deformation in Mexicali Valley, Baja California, Mexico, the southern part of the Mexicali-Imperial valley, is influenced by active tectonics and human activity, mainly that of geothermal fluid extraction in the Cerro Prieto Geothermal Field. Significant ground deformation, mainly subsidence (~ 18 cm yr-1), and related ground fissures cause severe damage to local infrastructure. The technique of Differential Synthetic Aperture Radar Interferometry (DInSAR) has been demonstrated to be a very effective remote sensing tool for accurately measuring the spatial and temporal evolution of ground displacements over broad areas. In present study ERS-1/2 SAR and ENVISAT ASAR images acquired between 1993 and 2010 were used to perform a historical analysis of aseismic ground deformation in Mexicali Valley, in an attempt to evaluate its spatio-temporal evolution and improve the understanding of its dynamic. For this purpose, the conventional 2-pass DInSAR was used to generate interferograms which were used in stacking procedure to produce maps of annual aseismic ground deformation rates for different periods. Differential interferograms that included strong co-seismic deformation signals were not included in the stacking and analysis. The changes in the ground deformation pattern and rate were identified. The main changes occur between 2000 and 2005 and include increasing deformation rate in the recharge zone and decreasing deformation rate in the western part of the CPGF production zone. We suggested that these changes are mainly caused by production development in the Cerro Prieto Geothermal Field.

  10. Biomonitoring with Micronuclei Test in Buccal Cells of Female Farmers and Children Exposed to Pesticides of Maneadero Agricultural Valley, Baja California, Mexico

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    Castañeda-Yslas, Idalia Jazmin; Arellano-García, María Evarista; García-Zarate, Marco Antonio; Ruíz-Ruíz, Balam; Zavala-Cerna, María Guadalupe; Torres-Bugarín, Olivia

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    Feminization of the agricultural labor is common in Mexico; these women and their families are vulnerable to several health risks including genotoxicity. Previous papers have presented contradictory information with respect to indirect exposure to pesticides and DNA damage. We aimed to evaluate the genotoxic effect in buccal mucosa from female farmers and children, working in the agricultural valley of Maneadero, Baja California. Frequencies of micronucleated cells (MNc) and nuclear abnormalities (NA) in 2000 cells were obtained from the buccal mucosa of the study population (n = 144), divided in four groups: (1) farmers (n = 37), (2) unexposed (n = 35), (3) farmers' children (n = 34), and (4) unexposed children (n = 38). We compared frequencies of MNc and NA and fitted generalized linear models to investigate the interaction between these variables and exposition to pesticides. Differences were found between farmers and unexposed women in MNc (p < 0.0001), CC (p = 0.3376), and PN (p < 0.0001). With respect to exposed children, we found higher significant frequencies in MNc (p < 0.0001), LN (p < 0.0001), CC (p < 0.0001), and PN (p < 0.004) when compared to unexposed children. Therefore working as a farmer is a risk for genotoxic damage; more importantly indirectly exposed children were found to have genotoxic damage, which is of concern, since it could aid in future disturbances of their health. PMID:26981119

  11. Can the Adoption of Desalination Technology Lead to Aquifer Preservation? A Case Study of a Sociotechnical Water System in Baja California Sur, Mexico

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    Jamie McEvoy

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available There is growing concern about the sustainability of groundwater supplies worldwide. In many regions, desalination—the conversion of saline water to freshwater—is viewed as a way to increase water supplies and reduce pressure on overdrawn aquifers. Using data from reports, articles, interviews, a survey, and a focus group, this paper examines if, and how, the adoption of desalination technology can lead to aquifer preservation in Baja California Sur (BCS, Mexico. The paper outlines existing institutional arrangements (i.e., laws, rules, norms, or organizations surrounding desalination in BCS and concludes that there are currently no effective mechanisms to ensure aquifer preservation. Four mechanisms that could be implemented to improve groundwater management are identified, including: 1 integrated water-and land-use planning; 2 creation of an institute responsible for coordinated and consistent planning; 3 improved groundwater monitoring; and 4 implementation of water conservation measures prior to the adoption of desalination technology. This paper concludes that viewing water technologies, including desalination, as sociotechnical systems—i.e., a set of technological components that are embedded in complex social, political, and economic contexts—has the potential to create a more sustainable human–environment–technology relationship. By assessing desalination technology as a sociotechnical system, this study highlights the need to focus on institutional development and capacity building, especially within local water utilities and urban planning agencies.

  12. Normal Fault Basin Geometries From Gravity Analyses in the La Paz - Los Cabos Region, Baja California Sur, Mexico

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    Busch, M. M.; Coyan, J. A.; Arrowsmith, J. R.; Umhoefer, P. J.; Martinez-Gutierrez, G.

    2008-12-01

    The southern cape region of the Baja California peninsula is ruptured by an array of roughly north-striking, left-stepping active normal faults, which accommodate regional transtension. Dominant faults within this system include the Carrizal, San Juan de los Planes (SJP) (and offshore Espiritu Santo fault), La Gata, and San Jose del Cabo (SJC) faults. We conducted gravity surveys across the basins bounded by these faults to gain insight into fault slip rates and basin evolution to better understand the role of upper-crustal processes during development of an obliquely rifted plate margin. The geodetic location of each gravity observation station was measured to cm-scale accuracy with real-time kinematic GPS and the relative gravity was measured with a LaCoste and Romberg Model G gravity meter to an accuracy of 0.01 mgal. Gravity data were modeled as a 2D two-layer model with a bedrock density of 2.67 g/cm3 and a basin fill density of 2.1 or 2.2 g/cm3. The hanging wall of the east-dipping Carrizal fault hosts the La Paz basin. In the subsurface, this basin is a half-graben that is manifest as two smaller basins (few hundred meters deep) separated by a bedrock high, which likely reflects the two main east-dipping splays (Carrizal and Centenario faults). The SJP basin is a graben bound by the SJP fault on the west and the La Gata fault on the east and has a modeled maximum depth of approximately 1.5 km. This basin is marked by a series of relict normal faults dipping toward the basin center. The maximum depth to bedrock is just northwest of center, asymmetric toward the SJP fault, indicating that slip may be greater along the SJP than along the La Gata fault. It might also mark the possible location of basin inception, indicating that as the basin evolved, faulting moved outward to the presently active SJP and La Gata Faults. The SJC basin has a maximum depth of approximately 2.5 km. The favored gravity model depicts the SJC basin as resulting from slip along a series

  13. Marital arrangements in Baja California and its young adults

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    Norma Ojeda

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Uniones libres or consensual union formation has increased in Mexico and this is not an exception in its Northern region. Information from the Mexican Population and Household Census of 2010 and the Survey on Reproductive Health of Adolescents in Baja California, 2006 show that unión libre as an preferential type of conjugal arrangement is more clearly manifested among the Baja California’s youth of both sexes in general and particularly among those residing in Tijuana and Rosarito. Also, union libre formation among the Baja California’s youth is extensively associated with childbearing what seems to indicate continuity in its traditional role in the Mexican family formation process, but this is happening in higher proportions among the young adults of the new generations.

  14. New and noteworthy waterfowl records at artificial wetlands from Baja California Sur, Mexico Registros nuevos y sobresalientes de anátidos en humedales artificiales de Baja California Sur, México

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    Roberto Carmona

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available We present 9 recent records of rare waterfowls in Baja California Sur, all of them in artificial wetlands: 3 freshwater sites and 1 concentration area for a saltworks. We present the first records of the Ross's Goose in the state. The remaining 8 species are: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (breeding, Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Greater White-fronted Goose, Snow Goose, Cackling Goose, Tundra Swan, Mallard and Hooded Merganser. To this list we added an historical compilation of the records of these species in artificial sites of the state. The artificial wetlands are no replacement for their natural counterparts, they are nevertheless an important part of the region's landscape mosaic. As the records of the present work exemplify, this man-made habitat increases the regional species richness, and should be considered as important areas that need to be protected.Presentamos registros recientes de 9 especies de anátidos raros en Baja California Sur, todos ellos realizados en humedales creados por el hombre: 3 sitios dulceacuícolas y 1 área de concentración para la producción de sal. Se incluyen los primeros registros del ganso de Ross (Chen rossii para el estado. Las 8 especies restantes son: Dendrocygna autumnalis (anidación, D. bicolor, Anser albifrons, Chen caerulesens, Branta hutchinsii, Cygnus columbianus, Anas platyrhynchos y Lophodytes cucullatus. A la lista, agregamos una recopilación histórica de los registros de estas especies en humedales artificiales del estado. Aunque estos sitios no deben sustituir a sus contrapartes naturales, actualmente forman parte del mosaico paisajístico que ofrece la región; adicionalmente, incrementan la riqueza de especies de la región, por lo que es necesario brindarles protección.

  15. A Study on the Attitudes and Opinions of Engineering Students from the University of Baja California, Mexico, on Science, Technology, and Society

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    Oliveros Ruiz, Maria Amparo; Sevilla Garcia, Juan Jose; Schorr, Michael

    2010-01-01

    A proposal is presented for the incorporation of the concepts of STS into the teaching of science and technology at the Faculty of Engineering, Mexicali Campus, of the University of Baja California. The method outlined for the development of research and the application of the "Opinions Questionnaire on Science, Technology and Society" is…

  16. Interaction of Extreme Halophilic Archaea With the Evaporites of the Solar Salterns Guerrero Negro Baja California, Mexico

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    Tamez, P.; Lopez-Cortés, A.

    2008-12-01

    Hypersaline environments have been significant reservoirs for the long-term evolution of specifically adapted microorganisms. Characterized to have higher salt concentrations (up to 35 g/L), they are worldwide distributed and have a commercial significance. Exportadora de Sal, Guerrero Negro, Mexico has a multipond salterns system designed to harvest common salt (NaCl) from sea water. To achieve this purpose, sea water is pumped through a set of shallow ponds where water evaporates and salts concentrate. Sequential precipitation of CaCO3, CaSO4 2H2O and NaCl occurs in a mineral formations call it evaporites. In the interior of those gypsum-encrusted and halite-encrusted minerals, communities of extremely salt-loving archaea prosper. Previous studies have showed the influence of Haloarchaeal cells in the formation of larger fluid inclusions than crystals formed in sterile salt solutions. S-layer envelopes and cells of Haloarcula strain SP8807 contributed to the nucleation of new crystals of NaCl. Given the significance of the scope in phylogenetic archaeal diversity research, this study had a polyphasic approach. SEM micrographs from a 21- 31% (w/v) gradient salt multipond system evaporites, gave an insight profile of the extreme halophilic archaeal communities thriving in the surface of the gypsum and halite evaporites. Halite crystals were form after 21 days of incubation in solid medium with archaeal cells. Both culture and non-culture dependent methods, Nested-PCR-DGGE analysis and sequencing of 16S rDNA amplified fragment genes from environmental samples and isolated strains were used for this purpose. We isolate three strains from Pond 9 (21.07% total salt concentration) and one strain from Cristallizer 20 (25.15% total salt concentration). 16S rDNA signaling gave 99% of similarity with Halogeometricum borinquense, sequence AF002984, two other strains were 99% of similarity with Halobacterium salinarum, sequence AJ496185 these strains shown different colony

  17. Media and nationalism in Baja California during World War II

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    Víctor M. Gruel Sández

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    Full Text Available The purpose of this work is to explain some journalistic representations of the Northern Territory of Baja California. The body of documents that pertain this article, will document different versions of the past of the peninsula, from the nature of political discourse. Bajacalifornians will appear represented by journalists, struggling to eliminate an image of an isolated, uninhabited place filled with U.S. citizens. The editorial portrayal of the Tijuana, Mexicali and Mexico City press will be analyzed in context with the regional, national and international conflicts. Public opinion was a ground where the people of Baja California negotiated the nationalism, as the rest of the world collapsed with World War ii.

  18. Economic restructuring plan and emergent regions: Baja California, 1980-1995

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    Arturo Ranfla González

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    Full Text Available The aim of this essay is to foster a discussion on the political and territorial levels that are involved in the process of economic globalization of the Northern border region of Mexico, and particularly the state of Baja California. For such purpose, an approach is taken on the economic and sectorial conditions of the Baja California economy during the 1981-1994 period. Also, a detailed analysis of the sectorial structure and dynamics of production —during that same period— of the main municipalities is Baja California in order to identify the profiles and hierarchy of each of them is carried out.

  19. El cardón Pachycereus pringlei, nuevo hospedero para Scyphophorus acupunctatus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae en Baja California Sur, México The giant cardon cactus Pachycereus pringlei, a new host for Scyphophorus acupunctatus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae in Baja California Sur, Mexico

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    Yolanda Maya

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    Full Text Available Se presenta el primer registro de una cactácea, Pachycereus pringlei (cardón, especie dominante del matorral xerófilo de la península de Baja California, como hospedero de Scyphophorus acupunctatus (picudo del agave. A partir de observaciones y la recolección de individuos adultos y larvas, se pudo establecer que el picudo del agave causa al menos 3 tipos de daño al cardón: 1, barrenado en la región apical de los brazos por los adultos; 2, consumo de la médula de los brazos por las larvas, que puede ser tan extenso que ocasiona la muerte del cardón y 3, perforaciones en diversos sitios de los brazos, por donde las larvas eliminan los desechos, que pueden ser entrada de otros parásitos o que por lo menos dejan cicatrices en forma de tumor. El éxito de este insecto en el cardón podría representar una amenaza para las poblaciones naturales de esta cactácea e incluso para los servicios ambientales de los matorrales xerófilos.This is the first record of a cactus, Pachycereus pringlei (giant cardon, which is a dominant species of the xerophyllous scrub in the Baja California peninsula, as a host of Scyphophorus acupunctatus (agave weevil. Based on observations and the sampling of adults and larvae, it was possible to establish that this weevil causes at least 3 types of damage to the cardon: 1, drilling of the tip of the branches by adults; 2, consumption of the branch medulla by larvae, which can be so extended that could cause the cardon’s death, and 3, perforations in the branches, used by larvae to eliminate wastes, that could serve as entrance to other pests and remain as tumor-like scars. The success that this insect seems to have by using the giant cardon cactus as host represents a threat to its natural populations and even to the xerophillous scrub environmental services.

  20. Sloughed skin: a method for the systematic colletion of tissue samples from Baja California blue whales

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    Gendron, Diane; Mesnick, S.L.

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    The frequency of occurrence of naturally sloughed skin was investigated to verify the feasibility of this method to study blue whale genetics off Baja California. Sloughed skin was recorded in 97% of 337 surfacing intervals with blue whales, Balaenoptera musculus, along the Baja California peninsula, Mexico. No significant difference (P>0.05) was found in size of pieces of skin sloughed from whales in different habitats, sea surface temperatures or whether they were alone or in pairs. Samp...

  1. Temporal constraints on landscape evolution in response to rifting along the western margin of the Gulf of California, central Baja California Sur, Mexico

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    Mark, C.; Gupta, S.; Carter, A.; Mark, D. F.; Gautheron, C.; Martin Barajas, A.

    2011-12-01

    Rift escarpments and the high-elevation rift flanks associated with them are prominent topographic features at many developing and established passive margins. Numerical models and field investigations typically indicate that there are two principal mechanisms of rift escarpment evolution, commonly termed plateau downwearing and scarp retreat; however, many commonly studied passive margins are ancient, and have thus experienced significant post-rift modification, resulting in controversy as to which model is applicable at any particular margin. Rift flank uplift and the associated landscape changes have been less well studied; the erosional response to such uplift is often sufficient to bevel or erase the pre-rift landscape but insufficient to reset low-temperature thermochronometers, hindering field investigation. We present observations on rift landscape evolution from the Gulf of California: a ~1700 km long, highly oblique rift system. Although the precise timing of rifting remains controversial, it is known to have begun no earlier than the Mid-Miocene, and the incipient passive margins bounding the Gulf therefore retain many youthful features and provide an excellent natural laboratory for investigating landscape responses to rifting. This study examines the exhumation history of the escarpment and the development of the rift flank drainage network in the Loreto area of the Baja California Peninsula, which forms the western rift margin. Apatite (U-Th)/He (AHe) and apatite fission track (AFT) ages obtained from two escarpment-perpendicular transects from the footwall of the Loreto fault indicate that footwall denudation in response to rift flank uplift occurred at ~5.5 Ma. This age is younger than ages reported for other fundamental rift structures along the Baja California margin, and may indicate either a diachronous onset of rifting or a westward migration of extension after rifting began. A closely overlapping 40Ar/39Ar age from a lava situated near the

  2. Learning in Baja California micro-enterprises

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    2011-01-01

    Mexico’s business structure has been characterized by the presence of microenterprises, particularly those averaging two workers, representing 65% of establishments in 2008 and 18% of employment. This makes them important for equity and welfare improvement of their members. This paper analyzes the performance of a group of 227 microenterprises in the state of Baja California, by the use of a practical application of the concept of learning curve arranged to incorporate returns to scale. The r...

  3. Diet of blue marlin Makaira mazara off the coast of Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico

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    Abitia Cárdenas, Leonardo Andrés; Galván Magaña, Felipe; Gutiérrez Sánchez, Francisco Javier; Rodríguez Romero, Jesús; Aguilar Palomino, Bernabé; Moehl Hitz, Almiae

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    Analysis of the stomach contents of 204 blue marlin (Makaira mazara) caught by the sport-fishing fleet of Cabo San Lucas in the southern Gulf of California is presented. The specimens sampled were caught during the summer and fall of 1987, 1988, and 1989 when the sea is warm (28-30°C). Blue marlin were found to feed on 35 prey species, 3 of which represented 90% of the total stomach contents by frequency of occurrence. The main prey were epipelagic organisms from the oceanic zone and demersal...

  4. Distribución espacial y temporal de aves playeras (Orden: Charadriiformes en Laguna San Ignacio, Baja California Sur, México Temporal and spatial distribution of shorebirds (Charadriiformes at San Ignacio Lagoon, Baja California Sur, Mexico

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    Luis Francisco Mendoza

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    Full Text Available Con la pérdida o degradación de humedales han declinado las poblaciones de algunas especies tales como las aves playeras. En vista de que ha crecido el interés internacional por los estudios ecológicos sobre estas especies, se determinó la abundancia, distribución y riqueza espacio-temporal de las aves playeras en Laguna San Ignacio, Península de Baja California. Se realizaron 12 censos mensuales (octubre 2007-septiembre 2008 en el perímetro interno de la laguna; la cual se dividió en cuatro zonas, dos al norte y dos al sur. Temporalmente las abundancias menores se presentaron en mayo (1 585 aves y las mayores en octubre (47 410. Las especies más abundantes fueron: el picopando canelo (Limosa fedoa; 55% de los registros totales, el playero occidental (Calidris mauri; 23% y el playero pihuiuí (Tringa semipalmata; 10%. Estas especies fueron más abundantes en otoño. El picopando canelo y el playero pihuiuí estabilizaron sus números en invierno y primavera y estuvieron presentes en verano en bajos números, el playero occidental mostró oscilaciones notorias. Se presentan los primeros reportes del playero rojizo del Pacifico (Calidris canutus roselaari para la zona. La riqueza y abundancia estuvieron influenciadas temporal y espacialmente por las aves migratorias. Las mayores abundancias se presentaron al sur de la laguna, probablemente por la disponibilidad del alimento. Los resultados presentes permitieron incluir al área en la Red Hemisférica de Reservas para las Aves Playeras como sitio de importancia internacional.Baja California Peninsula has several wetlands that represent important ecosystems for shorebirds. San Ignacio Lagoon is one of these sites, and supports 10% of the total abundance of shorebirds reported in this Peninsula. Since there is few information about this group in this area, we studied spatial and temporal changes in abundance and distribution of shorebirds in San Ignacio Lagoon. For this, we conducted twelve

  5. Seismicity, focal mechanisms, and stress distribution in the Tres Virgenes volcanic and geothermal region, Baja California Sur, Mexico

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    Wong, Victor; Munguia, Luis [Centro de Investigacion Cientifica y de Educacion Superior de Ensenada (Mexico)

    2006-01-15

    In October 1993 we carried out a seismic monitoring in the Tres Virgenes volcanic region in order to record the background seismicity associated with the volcanic structures, the geothermal field and the tectonic features of the area. Hypocenters for 257 microearthquakes were located in the volcanic edifices and along the northwest right-lateral, strike-slip La Virgen fault. Focal depths range from close to the Earth surface to about 8 km. Shallow depths occur mainly in the volcanic edifices. Deeper seismic events occurred outside the volcanic area. The duration magnitudes of the located microearthquakes range between 1 and 3. The Vp/Vs ratio and the low-Q values estimated suggest heterogeneous material properties in the volcanic structures mainly toward the El Azufre fault and the El Aguajito Caldera, where hydrothermal activity has been reported. The P- and T-axes of focal mechanisms for 90 microearthquakes suggest that the region is under N-S compression and E-W extension, in agreement with the regional tectonic stress field of the NW-SE right-lateral strike-slip transform fault system of the Gulf of California. [Spanish] En octubre de 1993 se llevo a cabo un monitoreo sismico en la region volcanica Las Tres Virgenes con el proposito de registrar la actividad sismica asociada a las estructuras volcanicas, al campo geotermico y a la tectonica local. Se localizaron 257 microsismos con hipocentros en los edificios volcanicos y a lo largo de la falla de rumbo, lateral derecha conocida como falla La Virgen. La profundidad focal de los sismos varia desde los muy cercanos a la superficie de la Tierra hasta los 8 km. Las profundidades someras ocurren principalmente en los edificios volcanicos. Los sismos mas profundos ocurren fuera del area volcanica. La magnitud de duracion de los microsismos localizados varia entre 1 y 3. La razon Vp/Vs y los valores bajos de Q que se estimaron en la zona sugieren un material con propiedades heterogeneas bajo las estructuras

  6. Structural Geometry of a Sector of the Colorado River Delta, Baja California, Mexico, Based on Seismic Reflections

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    Chanes-Martínez, J. Juan; González-Escobar, Mario; Suárez-Vidal, Francisco; Gallardo-Mata, Clemente G.

    2014-07-01

    A structural study in the SW section of the Colorado River delta using seismic reflection data is presented. The study area is located along the Cerro Prieto transform fault, which extends from the northern Gulf of California through the Mexicali Valley and is an active fault within the Pacific-North American plate boundary zone. The research was supported by a database of five seismic profiles with a total length of 215 km, collected in the early 80's by Petróleos Mexicanos. The results show a high density of faults, most of which are buried by sediments. Within the Cerro Prieto fault zone, several faults were identified, such as: Palmas, Mesa, and Pangas Viejas, until now unknown. In addition, even though the Indiviso fault was investigated and superficially identify prior to this work, herein mapped at depth. West of the Cerro Prieto fault zone lies the Las Tinajas basin, bound by the Dunas and Saldaña faults and by the Montague basin to the southeast. The deformation zone along the plate boundary is 18-km-wide, stretching from the Cerro Prieto fault in the east to the Pangas Viejas fault in the west. The orientations of the faults are NW-SE, and if projected from the southern side of the Sierra Cucapah southward, the faults tend to join the Cerro Prieto fault. In the Las Tinajas basin, the acoustic basement is deeper than 5,000 m. Some of the largest vertical displacements generated by the 2010 7.2-Mw El Mayor-Cucapah earthquake occurred southeast of the epicenter and coincided with the location of the Pangas Viejas Fault, which is buried by sediments. Before this event, seismic activity was very low, and no structures were known in the area. In this paper, we demonstrate that there are at least seven major faults that may now pose a high seismic hazard.

  7. Fauna de arañas del suelo de una comunidad árida-tropical en Baja California Sur, México Ground surface spider fauna in an arid tropical community in Baja California Sur, Mexico

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    María Luisa Jiménez

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    Full Text Available Se describe la temporalidad y diversidad de arañas del suelo del matorral sarcocaule en la región del Cabo en Baja California Sur. Durante 1991-1992 se realizaron colectas semanales por medio de trampas de caída. Se capturaron 4 322 ejemplares de 53 especies. Las familias con mayor abundancia fueron Miturgidae (42.2%, Oonopidae (23.5%, Caponiidae (8.0% y Gnaphosidae (7.9%. Las especies más abundantes fueron Syspira tigrina Chamberlin (37.1%; Oonops nov. sp. (13.7%, Scaphiella hespera Chamberlin (7.8% y Tarsonops sternalis Chamberlin (5.2%, que constituyeron el 63.7% del total de individuos. Gnaphosidae fue la más rica en especies (11, seguida por Salticidae (7. La riqueza de especies fue constante durante todo el año, con un ligero ascenso en el verano (29 y una ligera disminución en el invierno (24. La diversidad por estación del año se mantuvo en un intervalo de H'= 3.3 -3.7. La abundancia relativa se incrementó en primavera y otoño. La mayor riqueza específica se encontró en otoño. La abundancia relativa y la diversidad de arañas se pueden considerar altas, a pesar del fuerte dominio de la familia Miturgidae. En la mayoría de las especies, la distribución mostró una marcada estacionalidad.Seasonal distribution, specific richness, and diversity of xeric shrub ground spiders were studied at a site in the Cape Region. Weekly collections of spiders were made in 1991-1992 using pit-fall traps. We captured 4 322 specimens in 53 families. Families with the highest number of individuals were: Miturgidae (42% Oonopidae (23.5%, Caponiidae (8.0%, and Gnaphosidae (7.9%. The most abundant species were Syspira tigrina Chamberlin (37.1%; Oonops nov. sp. (13.7%, Scaphiella hespera Chamberlin (7.8%, and Tarsonops sternalis Chamberlin (5.2%, representing 63.7% of the total specimens captured. Gnaphosidae was the richest in species (11 followed by Salticidae (7. Species richness was nearly constant during all the year, with a small increase in

  8. Baja loggerhead

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — The Pacific Coast of the Baja California Peninsula (BCP), Mexico, is a hotspot for foraging loggerhead turtles Caretta caretta originating from nesting beaches in...

  9. The physicochemical characterization of cave paintings of Baja California

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    The Palaeolithic paintings of Baja California constitute an important contribution to the national, historic and cultural patrimony of Mexico. The aim of this investigation was to determine the physicochemical characteristics, the microstructure and texture of these polychrome paintings, painted on rocks encountered in the mountainous, desert/arid zones of Baja California and Baja California South. The first stage of this work was devoted to the examination and recording of the cave paintings of 'El Vallecito', a narrow fluvial valley displaying large granitic rocks emerging from the sandy soil. Tiny painting samples were collected and analyzed by SEM, EDS and FTIR techniques. The painters used four main colours: red, black, yellow and white. The paint raw materials are mineral pigments: white (kaolin, calcite, and gypsum), red (hematite), yellow (ochre, limonite), black (charcoal from burnt wood or calcined bones) and water as a diluent and/or a binder, all encountered in the painters habitat. The minerals were collected, ground and sometimes heated to change their tone. By mixing with water, a spreadable paste or a thick slurry was produced, which was applied with the fingers for lines or a piece of animal skin for figures, respectively. The 100% solids, dry paint converts into a dense, hard layer, incrusted into the grainy, rough, hollow granite rock surface. This paint might be called stone on stone, explaining its permanence for centuries enduring heat, wind and weather. A simulation of the painting technique was done at the Materials and Corrosion Laboratory, UABC by collecting mineral pigments, preparing the paint as a paste or slurry and applying it on a granitic rock. Knowing the paint composition, production and application techniques will be useful in e conservation and restoration of cave paintings and stone-built, ancient structures such as pyramids, cathedrals and monuments. (Author)

  10. Economic, environmental and social impacts of geothermal development, and energy savings and efficient use of power in Baja California, Mexico; Impactos economicos, ambientales y sociales del desarrollo geotermico y del ahorro y uso eficiente de la electricidad en Baja California, Mexico

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    Campbell R, Hector E.; Montero A, Gisela [Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Instituto de Ingenieria, Mexicali, Baja California (Mexico)]. E-mail: hecr@iing.mxl.uabc.mx; Lambert A., Alejandro A. [Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Facultad de Ingenieria, Mexicali, Baja California (Mexico)

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    This essay of electrical planning for Baja California, Mexico, includes diagnosis of power production and consumption from 1994-2005, prospective to 2025 if historical trends are maintained, discussion of a systemic plan and its impact on the prospective through energy savings and energy efficient use, combined with an increase of the geothermal energy share. Diagnosis indicates that geothermal capacity in 1998 accounted for 57% of total electric capacity in Baja California, and by 2004 73% of this total electric capacity was based on natural gas, increasing energy dependence on fossil fuels. During this period, electric generation changed from a ratio of 2 to 1 (geothermal steam to fuel oil) to 1 to 1 (geothermal steam to natural gas). The unit cost of natural gas energy with an efficiency of 50% is 24 times the cost of the same unit of geothermal steam with 16% efficiency. Power generation, with fuel oil or simple cycle turbines firing natural gas, costs twice that of combined cycle turbines, while the costs are three times less with geothermal steam. In 2005, as a consequence of a minor contribution of geothermal energy to the power-generation total, production costs increased, reaching $122.80 USD/MWh. The replacement of fuel oil, as power fuel, decreased the SO{sub x} emissions from 4.16 kg/MWh to 0.19 kg/MWh. The combined-cycle fired by natural gas diminished the relative emissions of NO{sub x} and CO{sub 2} by 30%, but the 2.6 million tons of CO{sub x} given off each year did no vary significantly. Using geothermal energy avoids burning 20 million barrels of oil equivalent annually. The Prospective 2005-2025 indicates Baja California requires the installation of an additional 4500 MW to reach 7200 MW. The energy portfolio will become more dependent on natural gas increasing its share from 60% to 86%. Geothermal energy will decrease its share in installed capacity to 10%, eliminating the damping effect on the cost of production. SO{sub x} emissions will

  11. Patrón de transporte de sedimento en Bahía Magdalena, Baja California Sur, México, inferido del análisis de tendencias granulométricas Sediment transport patterns in Magdalena Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico, inferred from grain-size trends

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    Alberto Sánchez

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Las tendencias espaciales de los parámetros texturales (tamaño medio de grano, selección y asimetría en Bahía Magdalena, Baja California Sur, México, se calcularon a partir de 58 estaciones de muestreo, con la finalidad de inferir la trayectoria de los vectores residuales de transporte de sedimentos. Los análisis de las tendencias espaciales y de componentes principales aplicados a los parámetros texturales indicaron que el sedimento, con una buena selección, está asociado con arenas finas a muy finas. Los vectores residuales de transporte sugieren la presencia de dos giros en la dispersión de material clástico: (1 giro ciclónico en la parte central y profunda, y (2 giro anticiclónico en la región sureste de la bahía. Las trayectorias de las partículas sedimentarias tienen una excelente correlación con las corrientes residuales de marea dentro de la Bahía Magdalena.The grain-size trend analysis (grain size, sorting asymmetry was determined at 58 stations in order to infer the residual vectors of sediment transport in Magdalena Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Grain-size trend analysis and principal components analysis were applied to textural sediment parameters. The results indicated that well-sorted sediment is associated with fine to very fine sand. The residual vector transport suggests the presence of two gyres in the dispersion of clastic material: (1 acycloneic gyre in the deeper, central part and (2 an acycloneic gyre in the southeast part of the bay. The sediment transport pattern is highly correlated with the residual tidal currents in Magdalena Bay.

  12. Horizontal movements, vertical-habitat utilization and diet of the jumbo squid ( Dosidicus gigas) in the Pacific Ocean off Baja California Sur, Mexico

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    Bazzino, Gastón; Gilly, William F.; Markaida, Unai; Salinas-Zavala, César A.; Ramos-Castillejos, Jorge

    2010-07-01

    We deployed four pop-up archival-transmitting (PAT) tags on jumbo squid ( Dosidicus gigas) collected in the Pacific Ocean off the main entrance to Magdalena Bay on the Baja California peninsula in June 2005. This is the first successful deployment of PAT tags on jumbo squid in an area outside the Gulf of California. Summary data were obtained through the ARGOS satellite system for three of the tags; the fourth tag was physically recovered. All of the tagged squid tended to remain on the shallow continental shelf for several days after tagging and then moved offshore into deeper water. Three of the four squid appeared to migrate in a general southerly direction while the fourth remained offshore of Magdalena Bay. All of the squid spent most daylight hours at depths that were associated with the hypoxic oxygen minimum layer, and at night they spent a majority of time in the upper 50 m of the water column. Stomach content analysis and tag temperature-depth data during the first days after tagging revealed that the squid were feeding on pelagic red crabs ( Pleuroncodes planipes) and several larger, neritic fishes over the continental shelf off Magdalena Bay during a seasonal nearshore upwelling. Comparison of our results with those previously collected in the Gulf of California reveal that Dosidicus gigas can vary its behavior and diet to suit local environmental conditions. This adaptability is likely to be an important factor in the ability of D. gigas to invade and colonize new areas.

  13. Learning in Baja California micro-enterprises

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    Michelle Texis Flores

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Mexico’s business structure has been characterized by the presence of microenterprises, particularly those averaging two workers, representing 65% of establishments in 2008 and 18% of employment. This makes them important for equity and welfare improvement of their members. This paper analyzes the performance of a group of 227 microenterprises in the state of Baja California, by the use of a practical application of the concept of learning curve arranged to incorporate returns to scale. The results indicate that in 48% of cases there is evidence of learning processes and 58% exhibited increasing returns to scale. This allows evaluating the development potential of these microenterprises and the design and implementation of proactive programs that encourage their learning and consolidation in the market.

  14. Diversity of free-living marine nematodes (Enoplida) from Baja California assessed by integrative taxonomy

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    Pereira, Tiago José; Fonseca, Gustavo; Mundo-Ocampo, Manuel; Guilherme, Betânia Cristina; Rocha-Olivares, Axayácatl

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    We used morphological and molecular approaches to evaluate the diversity of free-living marine nematodes (order Enoplida) at four coastal sites in the Gulf of California and three on the Pacific coast of Baja California, Mexico. We identified 22 morphological species belonging to six families, of which Thoracostomopsidae and Oncholaimidae were the most diverse. The genus Mesacanthion (Thoracostomopsidae) was the most widespread and diverse. Five allopatric species, genetically and morphologic...

  15. Pycnogonids associated with the giant lion´s-paw scallop Nodipecten subnodosus (Sowerby) in Ojo de Liebre Bay, Guerrero Negro, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

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    de León-Espinosa, Angel; de León-González, Jesus A

    2015-01-01

    Five species of epibenthic pycnogonids collected on the giant lion´s-paw scallop Nodipecten subnodosus are recorded. A new species of Eurycyde, Eurycyde bamberi, is described. Of the 19 species known in this genus; the new species is closest to Eurycyde hispida Kroyer, 1844 but differs from it in the absence of plumose spines and the shapes of the lateral process, first coxa, and ocular tubercle. The new species represents the third member of Eurycyde from the eastern Pacific in addition to Eurycyde spinosa Hilton, 1916 and Eurycyde clitellaria Stock, 1955. Besides Eurycyde bamberi, the following species were collected: Nymphopsis duodorsospinosa Hilton, 1942c; Callipallene californiensis (Hall, 1913); Nymphon lituus Child, 1979; and Pycnogonum rickettsi Schmitt, 1934. Pycnogonum rickettsi is recorded for first time from Mexican waters, as is Nymphon lituus from the western coast of Baja California Peninsula. Each of these four species are re-described and re-illustrated in order to fill in existing gaps in the literature of the region. PMID:26692802

  16. Biomagnification of mercury and its antagonistic interaction with selenium in yellowfin tuna Thunnus albacares in the trophic web of Baja California Sur, Mexico.

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    Ordiano-Flores, Alfredo; Rosíles-Martínez, Rene; Galván-Magaña, Felipe

    2012-12-01

    Mercury and selenium concentrations were determined in muscle of 37 yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) captured aboard of Mexican purse-seiners boats off western coast of Baja California Sur, between Punta Eugenia and Cabo Falso, from October to December 2006. Also, its prey (mainly, jumbo squid Dosidicus gigas and pelagic red crab Pleuroncodes planipes) were analyzed from the stomach contents. All the mercury values obtained were lower that mercury content recommended by standard legal limits for seafood adopted by Mexican norms (typically 0.5-1.0μg g(-1)). Mercury concentrations vary between 0.06 and 0.51μg g(-1) in yellowfin tuna, and from 0.01 to 0.20μg g(-1) in its prey, suggesting that mercury can accumulate in prey tissues and that of their predator. Biomagnification factors (BMF) between predator-prey associations were calculated. The BMFs were >1, indicating that mercury biomagnifies along the food web of yellowfin tuna. In all species studied there was a molar excess of selenium over mercury. The rank order of mean selenium/mercury molar ratios was for pufferfish (42.62)> diamond squid (15.09)>yellowfin tuna (10.29)>pelagic red crab (10.05)>panama lightfish (9.54)> jumbo squid (8.91). The selenium health benefit value (Se-HBV) was calculated to have an improved understanding of the health benefits and risk of fish consumption. PMID:23059106

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    Francisco Higinio Ruiz Espinoza

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Durante el periodo comprendido 2001-2003 en un suelo Yermosol Háplico en barbecho prolongado, se condujo una investigación con el objetivo de evaluar el efecto de diferentes sistemas de manejo sobre el estado físico del suelo. El empleo de técnicas convencionales (Arado de disco monocultivo y fertilización Mineral generó cambios en las propiedades físicas mediante dos tipos de manejo (Compactación, humedad, Da entre otras, sin embargo el empleo de alternativas (Manejo Ecológico con la aplicación de abono verde en 50 t ha-1, unido a técnicas de prepararon del suelo sin inversión del prisma, mostraron recuperación de los indicadores afectados por el manejo convencional. Se concluye que el manejo ecológico es una alternativa para la recuperación de los suelos degradados para una zona árida de Baja California Sur, México.

  18. Diversidad filogenética de especies de Microcoleus de costras biológicas de suelo de la península de Baja California, México Phylogenetic diversity of Microcoleus species from biological desert crusts of the Baja California Peninsula, Mexico

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    Alejandro López-Cortés

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Microcoleus vaginatus fue proclamada como especie cosmopolita. Este supuesto no lo confirman los estudios morfológicos previos que se realizaron en poblaciones naturales de costras de suelo en una región con historia geológica particular, llamada sierra de la Laguna (SL, al sur de la península de Baja California (México. Por ello, en este estudio se comparó la estructura de comunidades de cianobacterias, con énfasis en el género Microcoleus, en costras biológicas de 10 localidades situadas a lo largo de la península. Se analizaron y cotejaron poblaciones naturales de cianobacterias con cepas tipo de colecciones públicas: Microcoleus sociatus (Sammlung von Algenkulturen Germany-SAG 26.92, M. paludosus (SAG 1445. 1a, M. vaginatus (Pasteur Culture Collection-PCC 9802 y M. chthonoplastes (PCC 7420. Se realizaron análisis microscópicos y de clusters de patrones de bandeado de secuencias del 16S rRNA, obtenidos por electroforesis de gel en gradiente desnaturalizante (DGGE. En los análisis microscópicos de muestras naturales no se detectaron morfotipos de M. vaginatus en 6 de las 10 localidades, 4 de ellas de la SL. La comparación de patrones de bandeado obtenidos por DGGE mostró diferencias significativas en la estructura de las comunidades de cianobacterias y ausencia de bandas equivalentes a M. vaginatus (PCC9802, en todas las localidades de la SL.Microcoleus vaginatus has been proclaimed to be a cosmopolitan species. However, morphological studies performed on natural populations of cyanobacterial crusts in a region with a particular geological history at the southern part of the Baja California Peninsula, Mexico, called Sierra de la Laguna (SL, do not support the last assertion. We compared the community structure of cyanobacteria, with emphasis in the genus Microcoleus, in biological desert crusts from 10 different localities along the Baja California Peninsula. We analyzed natural cyanobacterial populations and matched them with

  19. Cestodes of the blue shark, Prionace glauca (Linnaeus 1758), (Carcharhiniformes: Carcharhinidae), off the west coast of Baja California Sur, Mexico.

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    Méndez, Oscar; Galván-Magaña, Felipe

    2016-01-01

    The cestode species recovered from the spiral intestines of 27 blue sharks (Prionace glauca) (Linnaeus, 1758) are reported from the western coast of Baja California Sur (BCS). The sampling was undertaken on a monthly basis from January 2003 to January 2004. The helminthological examination indicated the presence of four species of cestodes: Platybothrium auriculatum Yamaguti, 1952; Prosobothrium japonicum Yamaguti, 1934; Anthobothrium caseyi (Yamaguti, 1934) Ruhnke & Caira, 2009; and Paraorygmatobothrium prionacis (Yamaguti, 1934) Ruhnke, 1994. Of all the 27 sharks examined, 88.8% were infected with at least one cestode species. The most frequent species was P. auriculatum infecting 85% of the spiral intestines examined. In contrast the species with the highest mean intensity was P. prionacis (80.4 200). The species richness of cestodes in P. glauca is very similar in other regions of the world despite its wide distribution; however, this richness is low compared with other species of sharks within the same family. The feeding and host-specific are important factors that influence the parameters of infection of cestodes in this shark. On the west coast of BCS, Prionace glauca feeds mainly on red crab Pleuroncodes planipes Stimpson, 1860; squids Gonatus californiensis Young, 1972, Ancistrocheirus lesueurii (D'Orbigny, 1842), Haliphron atlanticus Steenstrup, 1861, and low proportion of fish teleosts as Merluccius productus (Ayres, 1855), Sardinops sp. Hubbs, 1929 and Scomber japonicus Houttuyn, 1872. We speculate that these prey could be involved as the second intermediate hosts of these cestodes, as in other members of these genera, although the life cycles of none are known. PMID:27394312

  20. Glory, Vortex Street off Baja California

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    On June 19, 2007, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite captured both a vortex street and a glory visible amid the lattice of clouds over the Pacific Ocean off Baja California. In this image, the swirling clouds known as vortex streets appear along the left edge of the image, stretching southward from Isla Guadalupe. Another NASA satellite captured an earlier example of vortex streets in June 2000. These atmospheric vortices, known as Von Karman vortex streets, often occur in the wake of an obstacle to air flow, such as an island. Stratocumulus clouds--low-lying, sheets of puffy clouds-- over the ocean show the impact of the island on air flow visible though their alternating pattern of clockwise and counter-clockwise swirls. Southeast of the vortex street, a glory, which resembles a rainbow, hovers above the cloud cover. The glory is faint but large, 200 to 300 kilometers long, along a north-south orientation. This phenomenon can occur when the satellite passes directly between the Sun and a bank of clouds below. (People also observe them while looking down on clouds from airplanes.) Not just any kind of cloud can produce a glory; only clouds composed entirely of water droplets (as opposed to ice crystals) can make them. The droplets that form glories generally have diameters of less than 50 micrometers (a micrometers is a millionth of a meter). The water droplets bend the light, showing its different wavelengths, or colors. In this glory, reds and oranges are most visible. NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center.

  1. The social representation of drug trafficking like laborer optionAt first glance, the State of Baja California (Mexico) and the Department of Valle del Cauca (Colombia) do not have much in common. They belong to different countries and have significant di

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    Lilian Paola Ovalle

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    At first glance, the State of Baja California (Mexico) and the Department of Valle del Cauca (Colombia) do not have much in common. They belong to different countries and have significant differences in their history and their social, cultural, political and economic structures. However these places have a commonality--namely the fact that for more than three decades they have become epicenters of drug trafficking. In both of these territories, trafficking groups and international business ne...

  2. [Polyplacophoran communities (Mollusca: Polyplacophora) at Bahia de La Paz, Baja California Sur, México].

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    García Ríos, Cedar I; Alvarez Ruiz, Migdalia

    2007-03-01

    Eight species of polyplacophorans have been reported from La Bahia de la Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico. We add Lepidochitona beanii, Chaetopleura lurida, Stenoplax limaciformis, S. mariposa, Lepidozona clathrata, L. serrata and Acanthochitona arragonites, increasing the known number of species to 15. Ordination analysis of five chiton communities at the site suggests a correlation of wave exposure to species composition and diversity: communities with intermediate wave exposure have more species (richness) and higher diversity (Shannon's index). PMID:18457125

  3. An annotated distributional checklist of exotic freshwater fishes from the Baja California Peninsula, Mexico Lista comentada sobre la distribución de peces dulceacuícolas exóticos de la península de Baja California, México

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    Gorgonio Ruiz-Campos

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available We documented the distributional status of 27 exotic fish species in the inland waters of the Baja California Peninsula, Mexico, based on voucher specimens collected from 122 sites between 1977 and 2010, and on published records. The species reported here are representatives of genera from the Atlantic drainages of North America (Ictalurus, Ameiurus, Pylodictis, Morone, Lepomis, Pomoxis, Dorosoma, Cyprinella, and Micropterus, Middle America (Poecilia, Gambusia, and Xiphophorus, Eurasia (Cyprinus and Carassius, and Africa (Tilapia and Oreochromis. The family containing the highest number of species is Centrarchidae (7 species followed by Ictaluridae and Poeciliidae (6 species each. Four species were determined to be invasive due to their wide distribution and fast dispersal through the Peninsula (Gambusia affinis, Poecilia reticulata, Lepomis cyanellus, and Tilapia sp. cf. zillii. We analyze the impacts of exotic species on the native populations of 3 species with problems of conservation: Cyprinodon macularius (endangered, Fundulus lima (endangered, and Gasterosteus aculeatus (vulnerable. Alien fishes have been introduced for a variety of reasons in Mexico: ornament, sport, aquaculture, biological control, and by accident. In some cases fish introductions were carried out for more than one reason.El estatus de la distribución de peces exóticos es documentado para 27 especies en las aguas continentales de la península de Baja California, México, basado en registros de ejemplares recolectados en 122 localidades durante el período de 1977 a 2010, así como registros referidos en la literatura. Las especies aquí reportadas son representativas de géneros que proceden de la vertiente Atlántica de Norteamérica (Ictalurus, Ameiurus, Pylodictis, Morone, Lepomis, Pomoxis, Dorosoma, Cyprinella y Micropterus, Mesoamérica (Poecilia, Gambusia y Xiphophorus, Eurasia (Cyprinus y Carassius y África (Tilapia y Oreochromis. La familia con mayor n

  4. The 2006 Bahía Asunción Earthquake Swarm: Seismic Evidence of Active Deformation Along the Western Margin of Baja California Sur, Mexico

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    Munguía, Luis; Mayer, Sergio; Aguirre, Alfredo; Méndez, Ignacio; González-Escobar, Mario; Luna, Manuel

    2015-10-01

    The study of the Bahía Asunción earthquake swarm is important for two reasons. First, the earthquakes are clear evidence of present activity along the zone of deformation on the Pacific margin of Baja California. The swarm, with earthquakes of magnitude M w of up to 5.0, occurred on the coastline of the peninsula, showing that the Tosco-Abreojos zone of deformation is wider than previously thought. Second, the larger earthquakes in the swarm caused some damage and much concern in Bahía Asunción, a small town located in the zone of epicenters. We relocated the larger earthquakes with regional and/or local seismic data. Our results put the earthquake sources below the urban area of Bahía Asunción, at 40-50 km to the north of the teleseismically determined epicenters. In addition, these new locations are in the area of epicenters of many smaller events that were located with data from local temporary stations. This area trends in an E-W direction and has dimensions of approximately 15 km by 10 km. Most earthquakes had sources at depths that are between 4 and 9 km. A composite focal mechanism for the smaller earthquakes indicated right-lateral strike-slip motion and pure-normal faulting occurred during this swarm. Interestingly, the ANSS earthquake catalog of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported each one of these faulting styles for two large events of the swarm, with one of these earthquakes occurring 2 days before the other one. We associate the earthquake with strike-slip mechanism with the San Roque Fault, and the earthquake with the normal faulting style with the Asunción Fault. However, there is need of further study to verify this possible relation between the faults and the earthquakes. In addition, we recorded peak accelerations of up to 0.63g with an accelerometer installed in Bahía Asunción. At this site, an earthquake of M w 4.9 produced those high values at a distance of 4.1 km. We also used the acceleration dataset from this site

  5. Distribution, genetic structure, and conservation status of the rare microendemic species, Guaiacum unijugum (Zygophyllaceae in the Cape Region of Baja California, Mexico Distribución, estructura genética y conservación de la especie microendémica Guaiacum unijugum (Zygophyllaceae en la región de los Cabos de Baja California, México

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    Ross A. McCauley

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Guaiacum unijugum is a rare shrub endemic to a 70 km stretch of coastline extending east from San José del Cabo in Baja California and is the least well-known of the 4 species of Guaiacum in Mexico. To increase our knowledge of this species and assess its conservation status we surveyed the extent of occurrence using both herbarium material and field work, assessed levels of genetic diversity, determined its phylogenetic relationships, and completed an evaluation of risk of extinction (MER. Herbarium material identified 5 known localities of occurrence with field work verifying the continued persistence of 4 of these with an additional site discovered. Genetic analysis across the small range using 17 microsatellite loci showed very low levels of genetic diversity with a mean expected heterozygosity (H E of 0.162 over all polymorphic loci. Most loci were found to be monomorphic and genetic divergence was small, maintained by the presence of rare private alleles in widely-separated populations. Phylogenetic analysis indicated a sister group relationship to G. coulteri along the Pacific coast suggesting vicariance for the origin and occurrence of G. unijugum. The unique evolutionary history coupled with current small population sizes warrants increased conservation via listing as a critically endangered species.Guaiacum unijugum es un arbusto endémico en un área de aproximadamente 70 km en la región de Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, siendo la menos estudiada de las 4 especies de Guaiacum en México. Para incrementar nuestro conocimiento sobre esta especie y determinar su estatus de conservación se realizó un censo de sus poblaciones determinándose su estructura genética, su relación filogenética con otros miembros del género y se calculó su riesgo de extinción (MER. La revisión de material de herbario, confirmó la presencia de 4 poblaciones a las que se sumó el hallazgo de 1 más. Mediante el uso de 17 loci de microsatélites se

  6. Interdisciplinary approach on evaluation and sustainable usage of the water resources in the semi-arid Northwest Mexico to counter the imbalance of water: Case study Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California

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    Kretzschmar, T.; Hernandez, R.; Valenzuela, C.; Cabello, A.

    2012-12-01

    In the Baja California peninsula are several watersheds present, of which the hydrogeological conditions are of great importance to communities in the area. The Valle de Guadalupe watershed, for instance has a wine industry of national importance. Irrigation of crops is carried out exclusively with water from the aquifer, which consists of Quaternary sediments filling this depression of Post-Miocene age. Apart from the use of the aquifer by the wine industry, the water utility of Ensenada operates 10 drinking water wells with a total capacity of 320 L/s or 42% of supply in the valley. In the arid northern Mexico mountain front recharge is an important recharge source to the aquifers. Other important recharge sources are related to direct infiltration of the precipitation, recharge from runoff into streams (mountain block recharge) and the provision by active faults. The knowledge of the aquifer is crucial to maintain sustainable management of water resources in the Valle de Guadalupe. This intense use of water resources is reflected in a degradation of the aquifer water quality and reduced water table. The integrated approach for a sustainable evaluation and usage of the aquifer includes besides the hydrogeological evaluation, the determination of the water stress on the vineyards as well as the usage of treated waste water as alternative resource as well the evaluation of the effects of climatic variations and measurement and modeling of the vegetation, the main interface between atmosphere and soil, affecting the hydrology in the process of interception, infiltration, runoff and evapotranspiration. With these detailed ongoing studies we expect to identify and counter imbalance of water in the study area. This requires 1) modeling and hydrogeological studies for the determination of the present and future imbalance 2) estimation of the impacts of industrial activities on water resources 3) characterization of alternative water sources, 4) optimization of the water

  7. Manejo de un sitio de anidación para la conservación de Sternula antillarum (Charadriiformes: Laridae) en Baja California Sur, México Nesting site management for Sternula antillarum (Charadriiformes: Laridae) conservation in Baja California Sur, Mexico

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    Edgar Amador; Renato Mendoza-Salgado; Eduardo Palacios

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    El gallito marino menor (Sternula antillarum) es una especie sujeta a protección especial, que anida en colonias pequeñas en hábitats costeros. Las mareas altas son un problema para la anidación de S. antillarum en Baja California Sur, pues causan la inundación de algunas colonias. Para reducir el impacto potencial del flujo de marea alta sobre los nidos, se elevó 20 cm el nivel del suelo por medio de una plataforma elevada construida con llantas de desecho rellenas y cubiertas de arena. La o...

  8. Estimation of Seismic and Aseismic Deformation in Mexicali Valley, Baja California, Mexico, in the 2006-2009 Period, Using Precise Leveling, DInSAR, Geotechnical Instruments Data, and Modeling

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    Sarychikhina, Olga; Glowacka, Ewa; Robles, Braulio; Nava, F. Alejandro; Guzmán, Miguel

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    Ground deformation and seismicity in Mexicali Valley, Baja California, Mexico, the southern part of the Mexicali-Imperial valley, are influenced by active tectonics and human activity. In this study, data from two successive leveling surveys in 2006 and 2009/2010 are used to estimate the total deformation occurred in Mexicali Valley during 2006-2009. The leveling data span more than 3.5 years and include deformation from several natural and anthropogenic sources that acted at different temporal and spatial scales during the analyzed period. Because of its large magnitude, the aseismic anthropogenic deformation caused by fluid extraction in the Cerro Prieto geothermal field obscures the deformation caused by other mechanisms and sources. The method of differential interferograms stacking was used to estimate the aseismic (interseismic tectonic and anthropogenic) components of the observed displacement, using SAR images, taken in 2007 during a period when no significant seismicity occurred in the study area. After removing the estimated aseismic signal from the leveling data, residual vertical displacement remained, and to identify possible sources and mechanisms of this displacement, a detailed analysis of records from tiltmeters and creepmeters was performed. The results of this analysis suggest that the residual displacement is mainly caused by moderate-sized seismicity in the area of study. Modeling of the vertical ground deformation caused by the coseismic slip on source fault (primary mechanism) of the two most important earthquakes, May 24, 2006 (Mw = 5.4) and December 30, 2009 (Mw = 5.8), was performed. The modeling results, together with the analysis of geotechnical instruments data, suggests that this moderate-sized seismicity influences the deformation in the study area by coseismic slip on the source fault, triggered slip on secondary faults, and soft sediments deformation.

  9. Nuclear and mtDNA lineage diversity in wild and cultured Pacific lion-paw scallop, Nodipecten subnodosus (Baja California Peninsula, Mexico).

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    Petersen, Jessica L; Ibarra, Ana Maria; May, Bernie

    2010-01-01

    Pacific lion-paw scallops were collected from natural aggregations in Laguna Ojo de Liebre (Pacific Ocean), the Gulf of California, and from aquaculture facilities for genetic diversity analyses. Mitochondrial DNA sequencing uncovered two highly supported clades separated by 2.5% divergence. Data from ten microsatellite markers suggest individuals from these mitogroups are introgressed, raising questions about the mitotype origin. Some evidence suggests gene flow between La Paz and Ojo de Liebre; otherwise the Gulf of California and Ojo de Liebre are acting as two distinct populations. It is unclear whether translocations between sites have influenced the observed genetic structure or whether gene flow has been facilitated by past geologic events. Finally, scallops spawned for aquaculture are unique from the wild and have significantly less diversity. These results warrant the attention of managers and producers who should work to monitor and conserve genetic diversity in both wild and aquaculture populations. PMID:24391254

  10. Miocene detachment faulting predating EPR propagation: Southern Baja California

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    Bot, Anna; Geoffroy, Laurent; Authemayou, Christine; Bellon, Hervé; Graindorge, David; Pik, Raphaël.

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    At the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, we characterize the onshore structures and kinematics associated with crustal necking leading up to the Pliocene breakup and early East Pacific Rise seafloor spreading. From a combination of tectonic field investigations, K-Ar and cosmogenic isotope dating and geomorphology, we propose that the Los Cabos block represents the exhumed footwall of a major detachment fault. This north trending detachment fault is marked by a conspicuous low-dipping brittle-ductile shear zone showing a finite displacement with top to the SE ending to the ESE. This major feature is associated with fluid circulations which led to rejuvenation of the deformed Cretaceous magmatic rocks at a maximum of 17.5 Ma. The detachment footwall displays kilometer-scale corrugations controlling the present-day drainage pattern. This major detachment is synchronous with the development of the San José del Cabo Basin where syntectonic sedimentation took place from the middle Miocene to probably the early Pliocene. We propose that this seaward dipping detachment fault accommodates the proximal crustal necking of the Baja California passive margin, which predates the onset of formation of the East Pacific Rise spreading axis in the Cabo-Puerto Vallarta segment. Our data illustrate an apparent anticlockwise rotation of the stretching direction in Baja California Sur from ~17 Ma to the Pliocene.

  11. Nuclear and mtDNA lineage diversity in wild and cultured Pacific lion-paw scallop, Nodipecten subnodosus (Baja California Peninsula, Mexico)

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    Petersen, Jessica L; Ibarra, Ana Maria; May, Bernie

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    Pacific lion-paw scallops were collected from natural aggregations in Laguna Ojo de Liebre (Pacific Ocean), the Gulf of California, and from aquaculture facilities for genetic diversity analyses. Mitochondrial DNA sequencing uncovered two highly supported clades separated by 2.5% divergence. Data from ten microsatellite markers suggest individuals from these mitogroups are introgressed, raising questions about the mitotype origin. Some evidence suggests gene flow between La Paz and Ojo de Lie...

  12. Residential tourism and migration of foreign retirees in Mexico: A case study on the environmental impacts and public services in Baja California Sur

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    Diego Armando Casas-Beltrán

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Migration of foreign retirees in Mexico has increased, especially in Los Cabos, where settlements trailer type are increasing and are moving into rural coastal areas of high ecological value, without the knowledge of impacts that may result. Thus the aim of this paper is to contribute to the understanding of this type of settlement, by documenting a case study, the characteristics of their community, their environmental impacts and implications for the provision of public services. We conclude that the town will become a short-term retreat site, because while it does not have high densities, its environmental implications are significant and broad coverage. Its current demand for services is minimal, but may cause conflicts in the future, especially with the water

  13. The Cooperativism and Agricultural Credit in Baja California, Mexico (1930-1950: A first approach El cooperativismo y la financiación agrícola en Baja California, México (1930-1950: Una aproximación inicial

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    Jesús Méndez Reyes

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    Full Text Available In order to the neoclassic conventional theory the operation of the credit markets face two basic difficulties: the asymmetric or imperfect information and the adverse selection of the borrower come together with the nonpayment risk. On and other side, more heterodox, the collectivism, the social capital and the creation of informal nets and credit societies, use to low down the transaction costs related to the financing problem. This kind of organization makes easier the development of cooperativism in economy. In México, after the Revolution and the establishment of an authoritarian political and vertical regimen, the cooperativism became one of the referents of the rural organization in order to get credit of private and public banks. In the northeast of the country and Baja California peninsula, the existence of fishing, cattle raising, farming and transportation cooperatives means a blunt of economical activity and one of the channels of development in the zone. The purpose of this article is to shape what kind of cooperativism was set up in the Northern District of Baja California and what type of relation kept with the national cooperative movement between 1930 and 1950.Para la teoría neoclásica convencional el funcionamiento de los mercados de crédito soporta dos dificultades básicas: la información imperfecta o asimétrica y la selección adversa del prestatario aunada al riesgo del no pago. En el otro extremo, más heterodoxo, el colectivismo, el capital social y la formación de redes informales y sociedades de crédito suelen reducir los costes de transacción ligados al problema de la financiación. Este tipo de organización facilita el desenvolvimiento del cooperativismo en la economía. En México, después de la Revolución y la conformación de un régimen político autoritario y vertical, el cooperativismo se constituyó en uno de los referentes de la organización campesina para conseguir crédito de la banca pública y

  14. The Carotenogenesis Pathway via the Isoprenoid-β-carotene Interference Approach in a New Strain of Dunaliella salina Isolated from Baja California Mexico

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    Luis Enrique Gutierrez-Millan

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available D. salina is one of the recognized natural sources to produce β-carotene, and an useful model for studying the role of inhibitors and enhancers of carotenogenesis. However there is little information in D. salina regarding whether the isoprenoid substrate can be influenced by stress factors (carotenogenic or selective inhibitors which in turn may further contribute to elucidate the early steps of carotenogenesis and biosynthesis of β-carotene. In this study,Dunaliella salina (BC02 isolated from La Salina BC Mexico, was subjected to the method of isoprenoids-β-carotene interference in order to promote the interruption or accumulation of the programmed biosynthesis of carotenoids. When Carotenogenic and non-carotenogenic cells of D. salina BC02 were grown under photoautotrophicgrowth conditions in the presence of 200 µM fosmidomycin, carotenogenesis and the synthesis of β-carotene were interrupted after two days in cultured D. salina cells. This result is an indirect consequence of the inhibition of the synthesis of isoprenoids and activity of the recombinant DXR enzyme thereby preventing the conversionof 1-deoxy-D-xylulose 5-phosphate (DXP to 2-C-methyl-D-erythritol (MEP and consequently interrupts the early steps of carotenogenesis in D. salina. The effect at the level of proteins and RNA was not evident. Mevinolin treated D. salina cells exhibited carotenogenesis and β-carotene levels very similar to those of control cell cultures indicating that mevinolin not pursued any indirect action in the biosynthesis of isoprenoids and had no effect at the level of the HMG-CoA reductase, the key enzyme of the Ac/MVA pathway.

  15. Recognition on space photographs of structural elements of Baja California

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    Hamilton, W.

    1971-01-01

    Gemini and Apollo photographs provide illustrations of known structural features of the peninsula and some structures not recognized previously. An apparent transform relationship between strike-slip and normal faulting is illustrated by the overlapping vertical photographs of northern Baja California. The active Agua Blanca right-lateral strike-slip fault trends east-southeastward to end at the north end of the Valle San Felipe and Valle Chico. The uplands of the high Sierra San Pedro Martir are a low-relief surface deformed by young faults, monoclines, and warps, which mostly produce west-facing steps and slopes; the topography is basically structural. The Sierra Cucapas of northeasternmost Baja California and the Colorado River delta of northwesternmost Sonora are broken by northwest-trending strike-slip faults. A strike-slip fault is inferred to trend northward obliquely from near Cabo San Lucas to La Paz, thence offshore until it comes ashore again as the Bahia Concepcion strike-slip fault.

  16. Manejo de un sitio de anidación para la conservación de Sternula antillarum (Charadriiformes: Laridae en Baja California Sur, México Nesting site management for Sternula antillarum (Charadriiformes: Laridae conservation in Baja California Sur, Mexico

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    Edgar Amador

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    Full Text Available El gallito marino menor (Sternula antillarum es una especie sujeta a protección especial, que anida en colonias pequeñas en hábitats costeros. Las mareas altas son un problema para la anidación de S. antillarum en Baja California Sur, pues causan la inundación de algunas colonias. Para reducir el impacto potencial del flujo de marea alta sobre los nidos, se elevó 20 cm el nivel del suelo por medio de una plataforma elevada construida con llantas de desecho rellenas y cubiertas de arena. La ocupación de este sitio por S. antillarum se monitoreó durante las temporadas reproductivas de 1990, y de 2002 a 2005. Las mareas altas no afectaron los nidos establecidos sobre la plataforma y la densidad de nidos sobre ella fue mayor que la que hubo en el terreno natural de la planicie costera adyacente. Este método de manejo del hábitat de anidación de S. antillarum es una buena alternativa en los sitios con riesgo por flujo de marea.The Least Tern (Sternula antillarum is a threatened seabird species that breeds in small colonies on coastal habitats. High tides constitute a problem for their reproduction in Baja California Sur, since they cause flooding of some colonies. To reduce the potential impact of high tides on the nests, the level of the ground was elevated by 20 cm, through an elevated platform that was built by using discarded tires filled and covered with sand. The occupation of this site by Least Terns was monitored during the breeding seasons of 1990 and from 2002 to 2005. High tides did not affect the nests established on the platform and density of nests on this platform was higher than on the natural adjacent mudflat area. This nesting habitat management method for the Least Tern is an appropriate alternative for those sites affected by high tides.

  17. Learning processes and productive modernization of learning in agriculture from northwestern Mexico: Cases of commercial agriculture of the coast of Hermosillo, Sonora and organic agriculture of the southern zone of Baja California Sur

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    Abel O. Villa Rodríguez

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    Full Text Available The process of open markets has created import changes in the Mexican agriculture sector, very much noted in the so called crop pattern, the institutional frame that guides the agro–productive commercial relationships and trade organization. The agriculture in the Northwest region, particularly La Costa de Hermosillo in the State of Sonora and southern Baja in Baja Peninsula, shows a big transformation. This corresponds to Global Production Networks (gpn, a vertical integration with intensive extraterritorial interaction resulting in a process of productive escalation that favors; learning and the creation of new competitive capabilities indispensable to comply with high standards in international markets. These capabilities are reflected in improvements in product quality, productive efficiency and the development of new functions for the players involved in the production and trade of produce. It also reflects the transition to more sophisticated productive units where players are located in other territories. This study focuses on analyzing the roll of gpn in the transformation of the agricultural sector in the northwest region of Mexico, particularly the process that took place in modernizing both places.

  18. Politic alternation in Baja California: Toward a new balance of powers

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    Cuauhtémoc López Guzmán

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Ever since the National Action Party (PAN won the governor elections in the State of Baja California in 1989, Mexico experienced the inauguration of a political alternation in a governor’s office, which brought about the smashing of the myth that it was impossible for the PRI to share power at that level. The scarce forums won or surrendered by the party ever present in power, allowed the opposition to confront and criticize the centralization of power and the neutralization of representation, that is, rather than offering its voters nationalistic discourses, the opposition parties joined the cause of the anti-centralist resent, particularly present in the northern part of the country, and discredited the decaying relationship between the legislative and the executive powers (the presidency, both at a federal and states levels. In view of these considerations, the possibilities of setting the foundations for a new horizontal and vertical relationship among powers in the state of Baja California, which during the last ten years has been governed by the National Action Party, are discussed in this essay.

  19. Desarrollo, identidad cultural y turismo en los oasis de Baja California Sur, México

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    Alexandra Sauvage

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    Full Text Available This article provides an analysis of the integration of San Miguel and San José de Comondú to the process of economic globalization lived in Baja California Sur, in northwest Mexico. These rural communities are located in one of the largest oasis in the arid Baja California peninsula and face the risks of cultural commodification from the growth of the real estate and tourism sectors. In a context of diffuse integration to new markets and a weak local community involvement in the initiatives to foster economic growth, without a cultural policy that involves comundeños in defining their own heritage and the benefits of its use, the goal of local development attached to the recent public policies is questionable. We propose that a cultural policy should form the backbone of the development programmes now being elaborated, so as to articulate regional development needs with cultural heritage conservation, seeking to avoid the simple commodification of local traditions and recognizing the role of the local community in (redefining their cultural values.

  20. Experiential environmental learning: A case study of innovative pedagogy in Baja Sur, Mexico

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    Schneller, Andrew Jon

    This mixed methods case study describes an innovative two-semester middle school environmental learning course that departs from traditional Mexican expository pedagogy through the incorporation of experiential and service learning. This research takes place in a small middle school in Pescadero, Baja California Sur, Mexico. The research approach utilized in the study adds to the handful of studies in this cross-disciplinary field by employing quantitative methodologies to measure course outcomes on student environmental knowledge, perceptions, and actions, while simultaneously qualitatively describing the behavioral, educational, environmental, and social experiences of students. This research employs Dewey's theories of experience---as well as those of more contemporary authenticity theorists---in order to identify the philosophies that advocate incorporating experiential pedagogy within the curriculum. Implications for Mexican educational policy, practical pedagogical applications, and theory are discussed.

  1. The social representation of drug trafficking like laborer optionAt first glance, the State of Baja California (Mexico and the Department of Valle del Cauca (Colombia do not have much in common. They belong to different countries and have significant di

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    Lilian Paola Ovalle

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    Full Text Available At first glance, the State of Baja California (Mexico and the Department of Valle del Cauca (Colombia do not have much in common. They belong to different countries and have significant differences in their history and their social, cultural, political and economic structures. However these places have a commonality--namely the fact that for more than three decades they have become epicenters of drug trafficking. In both of these territories, trafficking groups and international business networks have appropriated the region in order to frame their illegal project. This paper summarizes the findings of field research conducted during December 2008. Knowing and comparing the social representations of drug trafficking in these two territories, offers significant elements that help understand the integration processes and social penetration of drug trafficking in local contexts—and shed light on processes that have helped consolidate these practices as viable labor options.

  2. Baja California y sus misiones en la década de 1780

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    Esponera Cerdán, Alfonso

    2001-06-01

    Full Text Available The current article studies a document found in the General Archive of the Nation in Mexico City, that is dated the 12th of May 1783. Written by the dominico Luis Sales, it offers an interesting vision about the land and the peoples of Low Californian Peninsula.

    En este artículo se analiza un documento hallado en el Archivo General de la Nación en Ciudad de México fechado el 12 de mayo de 1783. Escrito por el dominico Luis Sales ofrece una interesante visión sobre la tierra y las gentes de la península de Baja California.

  3. Revisión estratigráfica de Punta Coyote (Baja California Sur, México) e implicaciones para el volcanismo de la Sierra Madre Occidental y el arco Comondú

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    Puy-Alquiza, M. J.; Miranda-Avilés, R.; M. López-Martínez

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    We present new stratigraphic evidence for a migration of the Upper Volcanic Supergroup that formed the Sierra Madre Occidental (SMO) volcanic arc in northwestern Mexico during the Oligocene-Miocene. Particularly we discuss the transition from the frontal arc to the Comondú volcanic arc in Punta Coyote, Baja California Peninsula. This information complements the knowledge of the stratigraphic evolution of the Oligocene-Miocene volcanic arc in Baja California and its correlation with the Upper ...

  4. Petrography of volcaniclastic rocks in intra-arc volcano-bounded to fault-bounded basins of the Rosario segment of the Lower Cretaceous Alisitos oceanic arc, Baja California, Mexico

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    Marsaglia, K. M.; Barone, M.; Critelli, S.; Busby, C.; Fackler-Adams, B.

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    The Rosario segment of the Early Cretaceous Alisitos oceanic magmatic arc in Baja California displays a record of arc-axis sedimentation and volcanism that is well preserved in outcrops within a southern volcano-bounded and a northern fault-bounded basin that flanked an intervening subaerial edifice. This record includes volcanic and volcaniclastic rocks that range from felsic to mafic in composition. Volcaniclastic/tuffaceous sandstone samples from two previously published measured sections are mainly composed of volcanic clasts with moderate plagioclase content. Locally quartz and/or potassium feldspar are present in trace to moderate amounts. The proportions of volcanic lithic types exhibiting vitric, microlitic, lathwork, and felsitic textures are highly variable with no distinct stratigraphic trends, likely as a function of the mixed styles of eruption and magma compositions that produced pyroclasts, as well as erosion-produced epiclastic debris. The volcaniclastic fill of the basins is consistent with an oceanic arc setting, except for the relatively high felsitic volcanic lithic content, likely associated with subaerial, as opposed to the more common submarine felsic magmatism associated with arc extension in oceanic settings. There are no major differences in compositional modes of tuff and sandstone between the fault-bounded and volcano-bounded basin strata, even though they exhibit distinctly different volcaniclastic facies. This suggests that proximal arc-axis basins of varying types around a single major subaerial edifice provide a faithful record of volcanic trends in the arc segment, regardless of variation in transport and depositional processes.

  5. Lista sistemática de los peces de la Isla Cerravalo, Baja California Sur, México

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    Horacio Pérez España; Humberto Chávez-Ramos; Jesús Rodríguez Romero; L. Andrés Abitia Cárdenas; Felipe Galván Magaña

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    The tirst check-list of fishes from Cerralvo Island, Baja California Sur, Mexico, is reported here. A total of 174 species, belonging to 132 genera and 70 families were registered. This list includes species collected and observed in the area between 1990 and 1993, as well as species previously reported in the literature between 1944 and 1993. Cerralvo Island has 77 species from the Panamic Province, 52 with a wide distribution in the eastern Pacific, 14 from the Mexican Province, 12 from the...

  6. Desarrollo humano en el noroeste de México: un análisis comparativo de los estados de Sonora, Baja California y Baja California Sur, 1995-2005

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    Francisco José Zamudio Sánchez

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo aborda el desarrollo humano en Sonora, Baja California y Baja California Sur. Se estimaron los valores de cuatro índices: desarrollo humano con producto interno bruto, desarrollo humano con servicios, con género e inequidad; además de curvas de calidad estatal y municipal.Aunque los valores ubican a Baja California Sur en la mejor posición de los indicadores de desarrollo humano y después a Sonora; Baja California ocupa el mejor sitio en equidad en el país.

  7. Marine reserves help preserve genetic diversity after impacts derived from climate variability: Lessons from the pink abalone in Baja California

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    Adrián Munguía-Vega

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Genetic diversity is crucial for the adaptation of exploited species like the pink abalone (Haliotis corrugata, faced with threats from climate change, overfishing and impacts associated with aquaculture production. While marine reserves are commonly used to mitigate risks to marine populations, the duration, size, location and larval connectivity needed for a reserve to help conserve genetic resources is still poorly understood. Here, we examine the effects of fishing, reserves, and restocking on the genetic diversity of 10 populations from central Baja California, Mexico, and Southern California, USA. We demonstrate that each population shows characteristic genetic signatures according to recent management decisions. We found high allelic diversity, particularly rare alleles, a larger effective population size and a lack of a recent genetic bottleneck in pink abalones within a small (0.8 km2, recently established (5 years reserve in Baja California, compared to other fished sites after a climatic bottleneck. Higher diversity may result from the presence of older animals in the reserve. Due to its location, the reserve may also act as an important hub connecting distant populations via larval dispersal. In contrast, a population from California showed genetic isolation, loss of allelic diversity and high relatedness, consistent with the collapse of fisheries in the 1990s and their lack of recovery thereafter. In addition, a fished area in Baja California with a history of restocking for over a decade showed an increase in frequency of related individuals and high genetic differentiation from nearby sites that were consistent with the production of larvae from a few adults in the laboratory. A network of strategically placed small marine reserves that considers ocean circulation patterns could help to maintain genetic diversity and connectivity of exploited populations.

  8. Novel patterns of historical isolation, dispersal, and secondary contact across Baja California in the Rosy Boa (Lichanura trivirgata)

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    Wood, D.A.; Fisher, R.N.; Reeder, T.W.

    2008-01-01

    Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) sequence variation was examined in 131 individuals of the Rosy Boa (Lichanura trivirgata) from across the species range in southwestern North America. Bayesian inference and nested clade phylogeographic analyses (NCPA) were used to estimate relationships and infer evolutionary processes. These patterns were evaluated as they relate to previously hypothesized vicariant events and new insights are provided into the biogeographic and evolutionary processes important in Baja California and surrounding North American deserts. Three major lineages (Lineages A, B, and C) are revealed with very little overlap. Lineage A and B are predominately separated along the Colorado River and are found primarily within California and Arizona (respectively), while Lineage C consists of disjunct groups distributed along the Baja California peninsula as well as south-central Arizona, southward along the coastal regions of Sonora, Mexico. Estimated divergence time points (using a Bayesian relaxed molecular clock) and geographic congruence with postulated vicariant events suggest early extensions of the Gulf of California and subsequent development of the Colorado River during the Late Miocene-Pliocene led to the formation of these mtDNA lineages. Our results also suggest that vicariance hypotheses alone do not fully explain patterns of genetic variation. Therefore, we highlight the importance of dispersal to explain these patterns and current distribution of populations. We also compare the mtDNA lineages with those based on morphological variation and evaluate their implications for taxonomy. ?? 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Late Quaternary Range-Front Fault Scarps in the Western Sierra El Mayor, Baja California, Mexico: A Geomorphologic Expression of Slip Across an Active Low-Angle Normal Fault

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    Spelz, R. M.; Fletcher, J.; Owen, L.

    2006-12-01

    The western margin of the Sierra El Mayor (SEM), in northeastern Baja California, is controlled by an active, top-to-the-west, low-angle normal fault named the Canada David detachment (CDD) that accommodates part of the extensional component of shearing between the Pacific and North American plates. The CDD has a length of 60 km and shows a curvilinear trace with two major antiformal and synformal megamullion pairs. Late Quaternary slip has produced a broad array of Quaternary scarps cutting alluvial fans along nearly the entire length of the CDD. Detailed mapping reveals eight regional strath terraces distinguished by surface weathering characteristics, soil profile development and relative elevation. Relative height between terraces increases in domains where the CDD and basin deposits are being uplifted due to either the basinward migration of faulting (e.g., rolling hinge) or flexural uplift in antiformal megamullion domains. Linear diffusion analysis of 46 synthetic fault scarps, with a calculated angle of repose Θo = 28.75°, reveal fault scarp domains exhibiting both multi-modal and unimodal distribution of diffusion ages (kt). Uni-modal domains are typically younger, but there is no systematic variation in scarp age with distance along the CDD. Scarps yielding negative kt ages (i.e. scarps steeper than Θo) are common in the north, near inferred locations of important historic seismic events. Microseismicity drops off significantly adjacent to these very young scarp arrays, which likely reflects a recent post-seismic stress drop. Domains of high seismic risk are identified by high microseismicity and lack of young scarps. Minimum estimates of the diffusivity constant (k) are calculated by coupling scarp diffusion ages and 10Be surface exposure ages of the faulted deposits. In the southernmost SEM a Q6 terrace with a minimum surface exposure age t = 233±6.6 ky (weighted mean of six rock samples) is cut by scarps with an average kt = 11.25±9.31 m2, which

  10. Gender and abuse: Partner violence among young people in Baja California

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    Humberto González Galbán

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Domestic violence or spousal abuse, largely determined by the existing traditional gender roles, is the issue discussed in this article, which is focusing on the special case of young people of the state of Baja California. During the search of the conditional agents of this social process, there were valued psychological and socio–demographic variables, such as family violence during childhood, immigration status, educational level and age, all these variables were separated by the gender and age (rank 18–29 of the sudied sample.Considering the information provided of the database used; The Survey of Adolescent Reproductive Health of Baja California 2006, it is described and analyzed in this research, several indicators, all of them related with important issues which affect a part of the young population of Baja California, regardless the lack of information and almost non previous research about this theme.

  11. Diversity of free-living marine nematodes (Enoplida) from Baja California assessed by integrative taxonomy.

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    Pereira, Tiago José; Fonseca, Gustavo; Mundo-Ocampo, Manuel; Guilherme, Betânia Cristina; Rocha-Olivares, Axayácatl

    2010-01-01

    We used morphological and molecular approaches to evaluate the diversity of free-living marine nematodes (order Enoplida) at four coastal sites in the Gulf of California and three on the Pacific coast of Baja California, Mexico. We identified 22 morphological species belonging to six families, of which Thoracostomopsidae and Oncholaimidae were the most diverse. The genus Mesacanthion (Thoracostomopsidae) was the most widespread and diverse. Five allopatric species, genetically and morphologically differentiated, were found in two localities in the Gulf of California (M. sp1 and M. sp2) and three in the Pacific coast (M. sp3, M. sp4 and M. sp5). Overall, we produced 19 and 20 sequences for the 18S and 28S genes, respectively. Neither gene displayed intraspecific polymorphisms, which allowed us to establish that some morphological variation was likely either ontogenetic or due to phenotypic plasticity. Although 18S and 28S phylogenies were topologically congruent (incongruence length difference test, P > 0.05), divergences between species were much higher in the 28S gene. Moreover, this gene possessed a stronger phylogenetic signal to resolve relationships involving Rhabdodemania and Bathylaimus. On the other hand, the close relationship of Pareurystomina (Enchilidiidae) with oncholaimids warrants further study. The 28S sequences (D2D3 domain) may be better suited for DNA barcoding of marine nematodes than those from the 18S rDNA, particularly for differentiating closely related or cryptic species. Finally, our results underline the relevance of adopting an integrative approach encompassing morphological and molecular analyses to improve the assessment of marine nematode diversity and advance their taxonomy. PMID:24391248

  12. Daily food intake of Kajikia audax (Philippi, 1887) off Cabo San Lucas, Gulf of California, Mexico

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    Leonardo A. Abitia-Cárdenas; Felipe Galván-Magaña; Víctor H Cruz-Escalona; Peterson, Mark S.; Jesús Rodríguez-Romero

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    The daily food intake rates of the striped marlin, Kajikia audax (Perciformes: Istiophoridae), were estimated using qualitative and quantitative analyses of their trophic spectrum. We analyzed the stomach contents of 505 striped marlin caught by the sport fishing fleet off Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico, sampled from October 1987 through December 1989. The most important preys were chub mackerel (Scomber japonicus), California pilchard (Sardinops caeruleus), and jumbo squid (Dosi...

  13. Daily food intake of Kajikia audax (Philippi, 1887) off Cabo San Lucas, Gulf of California, Mexico

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    Abitia Cárdenas, Leonardo Andrés; Galván Magaña, Felipe; Cruz Escalona, Víctor Hugo; Peterson, Mark S.; Rodriguez Romero, Jesús

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    The daily food intake rates of the striped marlin, Kajikia audax (Perciformes: Istiophoridae), were estimated using qualitative and quantitative analyses of their trophic spectrum. We analyzed the stomach contents of 505 striped marlin caught by the sport fishing fleet off Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico, sampled from October 1987 through December 1989. The most important preys were chub Mackerel (Scomber japonicus), California pilchard (Sardinops caeruleus), and jumbo squid (Dosi...

  14. El Niño controls Holocene rabbit and hare populations in Baja California

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    Hart, Isaac A.; Broughton, Jack M.; Gruhn, Ruth

    2015-07-01

    The El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is a major source of climatic variation worldwide, with significant impacts on modern human and animal populations. However, few detailed records exist on the long-term effects of ENSO on prehistoric vertebrate populations. Here we examine how lagomorph (rabbit and hare) deposition rate, population age structure and taxonomic composition from Abrigo de los Escorpiones, a well-dated, trans-Holocene vertebrate fauna from northern Baja California, Mexico, vary as a function of the frequency of wet El Niño events and eastern Pacific sea-surface temperatures (SSTs) derived from eastern Pacific geological records. Faunal indices vary significantly in response to El Niño-based precipitation and SST, with substantial moisture-driven variability in the middle and late Holocene. The late Holocene moisture pulse is coincident with previously documented changes in the population dynamics of other vertebrates, including humans. As the frequency and intensity of ENSO is anticipated to vary in the future, these results have important implications for change in future vertebrate populations.

  15. Seasonality of the transitional region of the California Current System off Baja California

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    Durazo, Reginaldo

    2015-02-01

    Hydrographic data collected over the period 1997-2013 are analyzed to investigate the seasonality of hydrographic features and associated geostrophic flows off the Baja California peninsula. The upper ocean in the region was found to be homogeneous in winter and spring but subdivided into two regions in the summer and autumn. In the first case, the system typically shows relatively low-temperature and salinity waters, which give it a subarctic character. In the second, only the region north of Punta Eugenia (28°N) maintains subarctic characteristics, while the southern region receives an inflow of tropical and subtropical waters that results from the weakening of northwesterly winds, which allows the poleward advection of surface waters. Also during this period, a positive wind stress curl promotes the zonal advection of North Pacific's eastern edge waters into the coast and to the north as a surface coastal flow. Average seasonal patterns of geostrophic flow at 200 dbar revealed that the differentiation into provinces is also evident at that depth, with two clearly defined cyclonic structures in summer and autumn, both separated at the latitude of Punta Eugenia. The analyses conducted also showed a clear continuity of the California undercurrent along the shelf break, with more diffuse currents in the winter. Poleward flows were observed throughout the water column, especially in summer and autumn, although the origin of the surface flow does not necessarily involve a surfacing of the California Undercurrent.

  16. Phylogeography of the diamond turbot (Hypsopsetta guttulata) across the Baja California Peninsula

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    Schinske, Jeffrey N.; Bernardi, Giacomo; Jacobs, David K.; Routman, Eric J.

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    We compared morphology and sequenced nuclear and mitochondrial genes from 11 populations of a previously genetically unstudied “Baja California disjunct” species, the diamond turbot (Hypsopsetta guttulata). This species exhibits very limited adult movement and restriction to soft-bottom habitats but has a moderately long pelagic larval duration. Therefore, if pelagic larval duration is correlated with gene flow between Gulf of California and Pacific populations, we expect a reduced level of g...

  17. The Endemic Insular and Peninsular Species Chaetodipus spinatus (Mammalia, Heteromyidae) Breaks Patterns for Baja California

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    Álvarez-Castañeda, Sergio Ticul; Murphy, Robert W

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    The Baja California peninsula is the second longest, most geographically isolated peninsula on Earth. Its physiography and the presence of many surrounding islands has facilitated studies of the underlying patterns and drivers of genetic structuring for a wide spectrum of organisms. Chaetodipus spinatus is endemic to the region and occurs on 12 associated islands, including 10 in the Gulf of California and two in the Pacific Ocean. This distribution makes it a model species for evaluating nat...

  18. Spatial variation of biomass of seaweed assemblages in the temperate-tropical transition zone of Baja California Peninsula, Mexico Variación espacial de la biomasa de macroalgas en una zona de transición templado-tropical en la Península de Baja California, México

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    Margarita Casas Valdez

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Biomass changes of seaweed assemblages in four locations in a temperate-tropical transition zone were analyzed between October 1996 and August 1997. Locations with lower temperature, a high index of upwelling, and high quantities of hard substrate presented the largest values of biomass of seaweed (El Cardoncito (7.2 kg m-2, and Las Boyitas (6.2 kg m-2 and the biggest quantity of species of temperate affinity. Conversely, El Datilito (0.366 kg m-2, with a higher temperature, no evidence of upwelling, sandy substrate, and located in protected shallow waters, presented the lowest values of biomass and the lowest proportion of temperate affinity seaweed. The PCA and similarity analysis showed a close relationship between El Cardoncito and Las Boyitas. El Datilito was categorized as independent location, while Chester Rock (4.3 kg m-2 displayed intermediate characteristics. The close relationship observed between the first two locations can be explained by the similarity of their high biomass and physiographic and environmental characteristics. El Datilito has very different physiographic and environmental characteristics and a very low biomass.Se analizaron los cambios en la biomasa de las asociaciones de macroalgas en una zona de transición templado-tropical entre octubre de 1996 y agosto de 1997 en cuatro localidades. Las localidades con la temperatura más baja, alto índice de surgencias y mayor dominancia de sustrato duro presentaron los mayores valores de biomasa de macroalgas (El Cardoncito (7.2 kg m-2 y Las Boyitas (6.2 kg m-2 y la mayor cantidad de especies de afinidad templada. Por el contrario El Datilito (0.366 kg m-2 en donde la temperatura fue más alta, no hay evidencia de surgencias, el sustrato es arenoso, es un área más somera y protegida, presentó el menor valor de biomasa de macroalgas y la menor proporción de algas de afinidad templada. Los análisis de componentes principales y similaridad mostraron una estrecha relaci

  19. Seasonal changes in a fish assemblage associated with mangroves in a coastal lagoon of Baja California Sur, Mexico Cambios estacionales de la comunidad de peces asociada a zonas de manglar en una laguna costera de Baja California Sur, México

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    Jesús Rodríguez-Romero

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    Full Text Available The fish assemblage in a coastal lagoon with mangroves known as "Rancho Bueno" was determined and associated with environmental parameters. We used an experimental otter trawl net to catch the fish, and 62 fish species were identified from 48 genera and 30 families. The most abundant species were: Etropus crossotus, Eucinostomus gracilis, Paralabrax maculatofasciatus, Sphoeroides annulatus, and Eucinostomus dowii. The water temperature changed seasonally, being warm from July through December and cold from January through June. We found more fish species during the warm season than during the cold season. The southern area of the coastal lagoon had the highest diversity and species richness. The small size of the fishes registered confirms the ecological role of coastal lagoons as nursery areas that offer protection and feeding to commercially important fish near Bahía Magdalena, Mexico.Se determinó la estructura de peces asociada a factores ambientales en una laguna costera con manglar denominada "Rancho Bueno". Se utilizó una red de arrastre experimental para la captura y se identificaron 62 especies de peces de 48 géneros y 30 familias. Las especies más importantes fueron Etropus crossotus, Eucinostomus gracilis, Paralabrax maculatofasciatus, Sphoeroides annulatus y Eucinostomus dowii. La temperatura del agua varió estacionalmente, siendo cálida de julio a diciembre y fría de enero a junio. Se registró un mayor número de especies de peces durante la época cálida comparada con la época fría. La zona sur de la laguna costera presentó una mayor diversidad y riqueza específica. El menor tamaño de los peces registrados, confirma el papel ecológico de las lagunas costeras, consideradas como áreas de crianza las cuales proporcionan protección y alimentación a los peces de importancia comercial cerca de Bahía Magdalena, México.

  20. Productividad secundaria en los esteros de la barra de arena El Mogote en la Ensenada de La Paz, Baja California Sur, México Secondary productivity in the estuaries of El Mogote sand bar in Ensenada de La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico

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    Jorge A. López-Rocha

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    bivalve mollusks chosen as indicators of secondary productivity were the mangrove cockle Anadara tuberculosa and the mangrove oyster Crassostrea palmula. Samples were collected in three estuaries from August 2007 to July 2009. Abundance and secondary production were estimated from biomass increase, calculated from individual growth rates determined using length frequency distributions analysis. The average abundance was 1.27 and 510 ind · m-2 of mangrove cockle and mangrove oyster respectively. It was estimated a growth rate of 4.91 mm · month-1 (3.67 g · month-1 for mangrove cockle and 3.80 mm · month-1 (0.18 g · month-1 for the mangrove oyster. The mean secondary production of mangrove cockle was 4.51 g · m-2 · month-1 and was higher during spring, while for the mangrove oyster it was 97.9 g · m-2 · month-1, and the maximum production was recorded during summer. The results show that these indicators of benthos quality are suitable for measuring changes of the mangrove system in the Ensenada of La Paz, B. C. S., Mexico.

  1. Remote sensing exploration for metallic mineral resources in central Baja California

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    Baker, R. N.

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    Remote sensor data (primarily LANDSAT) was analyzed by photogeologic and computer-assisted enhancement techniques to evaluate the metallic mineral potential of Baja California. Overlays were prepared at 1:1,000,000 and 1:500,000 and included known geologic relationships and mineral occurrences, lineament, drainage and structural patterns, tonal anomalies, and enhancement results. Computer-assisted enhancement and classification of the test sites was performed using the IMAGE 100 system to identify subtle tonal anomalies thought related to mineralization using known sites as analysis guides. Mineral potential maps of Baja California were generated from these analyses and the ten highest priority targets visited. Preliminary assay results (atomic absorption analysis) for the samples recovered showed moderate to high geochemical anomalies for Copper (10 of 12 samples), Zinc (3 of 12 samples) and Lead (4 of 12 samples).

  2. Coastal upwelling activity on the Pacific shelf of the Baja California Peninsula

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    O. Zaytsev; Cervantes Duarte, Rafael; Montante, Orzo; Gallegos García, A.

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    High primary productivity on the Pacific coast of the Baja California Peninsula is usually related to coastal upwelling activity that injects nutrients into the euphotic zone in response to prevailing longshore winds (from the northwest to north). The upwelling process has maximum intensity from April to June, with the coastal upwelling index varying from 50 to 300 m3/s per 100 m of coastline. Along the entire coast of the peninsula, the upwelling intensity changes in accordance with local wi...

  3. Sector externo, crecimiento económico y bienestar en Baja California: 1970-1988

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    Jorge García Montaño

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    Full Text Available El presente trabajo tiene el objetivo de presentar los efectos del desarrollo del sector externo de Baja California en el crecimiento de la economía local y en relación con algunos indicadores del bienestar social. También se estudian algunos indicadores nacionales comparativos entre la entidad y los promedios nacionales, tal que permitan ubicar las especificidades del desarrollo de Baja California. El trabajo se divide en varios apartados: ciclos económicos, comportamiento del sector externo y sus relaciones con el producto interno bruto y la inflación. Todas estas variables interactúan en este estudio macroeconómico regional.La conclusión, hace referencia a que en Baja California el sector externo cumple el papel determinante para el crecimiento económico y el bienestar social; por lo tanto, cualquier trastorno negativo en sus variables desagregadas impacta inmediatamente las tasas de crecimiento y los niveles de vida de la población bajaca1iforniana, fundamentalmente los cambios extraordinarios del tipo de cambio peso-dólar y los ajustes de las políticas en comercio exterior. De ahí la actualidad del estudio, dado que el Tratado de Libre Comercio de México con Estados Unidos y Canadá tendrá, seguramente, importantes impactos en la entidad.

  4. Una mirada hacia las organizaciones civiles de apoyo al migrante en Baja California y Sonora

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    José Ascensión Moreno Mena

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Los migrantes en tránsito, los que intentan cruzar y los devueltos de Estados Unidos, que son presa de todo tipo de autoridad y del crimen organizado, demandan mucha atención, que no es brindada debidamente por el sector gubernamental. Ante tal situación, la sociedad civil organizada en Baja California y Sonora ha tenido que asistir a los deportados y aspirantes a ingresar al vecino país, incluyendo la promoción y defensa de los derechos humanos y la conformación de redes formales e informales. Baja California, debido a su larga experiencia en el tránsito de migrantes, está mejor preparado para atenderlos en cuanto a equipos e infraestructura física y humana no gubernamental. Los datos presentados son resultado de una encuesta aplicada a 21 de las 23 organizaciones civiles existentes en Baja California y a 9 de las 11 en Sonora.

  5. Cryptic vicariance in Gulf of California fishes parallels vicariant patterns found in Baja California mammals and reptiles.

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    Riginos, Cynthia

    2005-12-01

    Comparisons across multiple taxa can often clarify the histories of biogeographic regions. In particular, historic barriers to movement should have affected multiple species and, thus, result in a pattern of concordant intraspecific genetic divisions among species. A striking example of such comparative phylogeography is the recent observation that populations of many small mammals and reptiles living on the Baja California peninsula have a large genetic break between northern and southern peninsular populations. In the present study, I demonstrate that five species of near-shore fishes living on the Baja coastline of the Gulf of California share this genetic pattern. The simplest explanation for this concordant genetic division within both terrestrial and marine vertebrates is that the Baja Peninsula was fragmented by a Plio-Pleistocene marine seaway and that this seaway posed a substantial barrier to movement for near-shore fishes. For some fish species, the signal of this vicariance in mtDNA has been eroded by gene flow and is not evident with classic, equilibrium measures of population structure. Yet, significant divisions are apparent in coalescent analyses that jointly estimate divergence with gene flow. The genetic divisions within Gulf of California fishes also coincide with recognized biogeographic regions based on fish community composition and several environmental factors. It is likely that adaptation to regional environments and present-day oceanographic circulation limit gene exchange between biogeographic regions and help maintain evidence of past vicariance. PMID:16526514

  6. Alternativas de control en la pudrición radical de cebolla para el Valle de la Trinidad, Baja California Control Alternatives for Onion root rot in the Trinity Valley, Baja California

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    Armando Pulido-Herrera

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available La pudrición radical en cebolla es la enfermedad más importante en el Valle de la Trinidad, Baja California, México. Con el propósito de evaluar estrategias de control para la enfermedad se realizaron tres experimentos durante 2007, 2008 y 2009. En el experimento I (2007 los tratamientos fueron: 1 Tiofanato metílico; 2 Smicobac (Trichoderma + Bacillus sp. + Azospirillum sp. + Pseudomonas sp.; 3 estiércol de bovino (EB; 4 residuos de cebolla (RC; 5 solarización plástico transparente (SPT, 6 solarización plástico negro (SPN; 7 SPT + EB; 8 SPT + RC; 9 SPN + EB; 10 SPN + RC; 11 Trichodef (Trichoderma harzianum;y 12testigo. En el experimento II (2008, los tratamientos fueron los mismos excepto el tratamiento 2, sustituido porprotector (extractos vegetales; y en el experimento III (2009 los tratamientos fueron: 1 SPT + estiércol de ovino (EO; 2 SPN + EO; 3 SPT; 4 SPN; 5 control biológico (Trichoderma spp.; y 6 control químico (2- (tiocianometiltio benzotiazol 30%. Los resultados indicaron que los tratamientos solarización plástico transparente con o sin enmiendas orgánicas, presentaron incrementos significativos (p≤ 0.05 de 22 a 34% en el rendimiento y diámetro del bulbo con respecto al control biológico y químico; sin embargo, en estos dos últimos tratamientos la incidencia y severidad se redujo significativamente (p≤ 0.05, por lo que la solarización con plástico transparente y el control biológico, son alternativas viables para el control de la pudrición radical en cultivos de cebolla en Baja California, México.Onion's root rot is the most important disease in the Trinidad Valle, Baja California, Mexico. In orderto evaluate strategies to control this disease, three experiments were conducted during 2007, 2008 and 2009. In experiment I (2007 the treatments were: 1 Thiophanate methyl; 2 Smicobac (Trichoderma+Bacillus sp. + Azospirillum sp. + Pseudomonas sp.; 3 cattle manure (EB; 4 waste of onion (RC; 5 clear plastic

  7. Chaetognatha in the Bahía Magdalena lagoon complex, Baja California Sur, México: species composition and assemblages.

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    Cota Meza, M S

    2011-07-01

    The chaetognaths from 187 zooplankton samples collected from the Bahia Magdalena lagoon complex, Baja California Sur, Mexico during March, June, July, August, September, November, and December 1982 were studied. Twelve species belonging to two genera were identified. Sagitta euneritica and S. enflata were the most abundant and most frequent species with maximum abundance in July (40,000 org/100 m(3) and 6100 org/100 m(3) respectively). Sagitta pacifica, S. regularis and S. pseudoserratodentata were stenothermic (21 to 25 degrees C), whereas the rest of the species were eurythermic (15.5 to 29.5 degrees C). Sagitta euneritica contributed considerably to the zooplanktonic biomass, increasing the density in particular in BahíaAlmejas. The analysis of the species assemblages (Morisita index) showed that S. pacifica and S. regularis interact more frequently in August when there is a change of the water masses that converge in this zone during summer, when the California Countercurrent predominates. The composition of taxa during winter is characterized by the dominance of S. euneritica. Entering the warm period, an abrupt change occurs in taxa composition of the three zones studied: channels, Bahía Magdalena, and BahíaAlmejas. The amplitude and distribution of S. peruviana was influenced possibility by the oceanographic conditions of ENSO 1982. PMID:22315819

  8. Geochemical Anomaly of CO Remote Sensing Associated with Baja California Mw 7.2 Earthquake in Mexico%墨西哥下加利福尼亚Mw7.2地震前后CO遥感地球化学异常

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    崔月菊; 杜建国; 周晓成; 陈志; 李营; 刘雷; 谢超; 张炜斌

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    利用AIRS产品数据提取了2010年4月4日墨西哥下加利福尼亚Mw 7.2地震前后震中及其附近CO总量和CO体积混合比随时间变化的信息,讨论了CO气体地球化学变化与地震活动的关系.数据表明,下加利福尼亚地震前约一个月CO总量升高,高出前两年同期平均值2~4×1017 mole/crm2,在地震发生前后CO总量和近地表CO体积混合比有波动现象,且8日平均数据的标准偏差增大,约为非地震时段的2倍.该现象应该归因子地震孕育发生过程中地应力作用使岩石圈脱气增强、大气电磁和化学反应引起的CO含量的增加.研究结果表明利用卫星高光谱遥感数据提取与地震有关的CO气体地球化学信息,对地震监测预报有重要意义.%The variations of CO total column and the CO volume mixing ratio over time in epicenter and vicinity area of Baja California MW 7. 2 earthquake (April 4th 2010, Mexico) were extracted from AIRS database; the geochemi-cal variations of CO and earthquake activities were carefully correlated. The extracted data showed that CO total column, one month before the earthquake, increased and was higher than the corresponding mean values (2~4× 1017 mole/cm2) of 2008~2009; CO total column and CO volume mixing ratio (near-surface) fluctuated and the standard deviations of 8-day average before and after the earthquake increased to as high as about 2 times of the non-seismic period. These phenomena were attributed to increasing gas leakage from the lithosphere, a result of the earthquake related stress and increasing photo-chemical reactions in the atmosphere, a result of variation of atmospheric electromagnetism related to the earthquake. The results indicate that geochemical information of CO obtained by satellite hyperspectral remote sensing can be connected with earthquake, indicating potential application in monitoring and forecasting earthquake.

  9. Movilidad de población y comportamiento reproductivo: El caso de Baja California

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    Gabriel Estrella Valenzuela

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    Full Text Available Este trabajo tiene como objetivo central evaluar el impacto indirecto que genera la inmigración hacia Baja California a través del comportamiento reproductivo de la población que, al migrar, ha cambiado su residencia habitual a la entidad. Para lograr ese objetivo, se analiza la información de las Encuestas Demográficas de Baja California de 1986 y 1990 con el modelo de los determinantes próximos de la fecundidad. Los resultados de dicho análisis muestran, por una parte, que los patrones reproductivos de la población migrante y no-migrante son c1aramentediferenciados (tanto en términos de fecundidad ilegítima como de formación de uniones, de sus prácticas anticonceptivas y de lactancia postparto, y que de ello se deriva un diferencial de fecundidad que resulta ser 17.5% superior para la población migrante en 1990. Por otra parte, los resultados también permiten estimar que, por cada tres nuevos inmigrantes que por año recibe la entidad, la inmigración acumulada aporta dos nuevos residentes con los nacimientos generados por las mujeres migrantes. Dada la magnitud que adquieren esos procesos (i.e. 59 mil nuevos habitantes por año ~ total, se concluye sugiriendo líneas generales de acción que permitan adecuar la política de población a las condiciones específicas de Baja California

  10. Reunión subregional de planificación de ODINCARSA (Red de Datos e Información Oceanográficos para las Regiones del Caribe y América del Sur), Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC) Ensenada, Mexico, 7-10 December 2009,

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    La reunión se inició el 7 de diciembre de 2009 en el Instituto de Investigaciones Oceanológicas (IIO) de la Universidad Autónoma de Baja California. El Dr. Carlos Torres, en representación de los anfitriones, dio la bienvenida a los participantes. Hizo uso de la palabra el Sr. Peter Pissierssens, Coordinador del Programa IODE y Jefe de la Oficina de Proyectos de la COI para IODE en Ostende. Su alocución figura en el Anexo IV. Seguidamente se dirigió a los presentes el biólogo Francisco Bri...

  11. Configuración parlamentaria y productividad legislativa en el Congreso de Baja California

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    Cuauhtémoc López Guzmán

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    Este trabajo presenta un análisis estático y dinámico del Congreso del Estado de Baja California. El enfoque estático aborda el origen histórico del congreso, sus facultades constitucionales y la composición partidista. El enfoque dinámico integra un estudio comparativo de la productividad legislativa en dos grandes periodos: el periodo de gobierno unificado (1953- 1989) y el periodo de gobiernos divididos (1989-2001). Además, se construyeron indicadores para analizar la dinámica parlamentari...

  12. Turismo y Sustentabilidad en Pequeñas Localidades Localidades Costeras de Baja California Sur (BCS)

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    El fomento del turismo se realiza en sitios que, aunque pequeños, cuentan con atractivos naturales y culturales, tal es el caso de las zonas costeras. Tan solo en México, se estima que existen más de 1,100 comunidades que dependen directamente de dicha actividad, esta te ndencia se refleja, de igual manera, en pequeñas localidades costeras de Baja California Sur (BCS). En este sentido, el objetivo de este trabajo fue realizar un an álisis exploratorio que permitió detectar a las comunidades c...

  13. Evaluación del aprendizaje de las microempresas de Baja California

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    Michelle Texis Flores; Martín Arturo Ramírez Urquidy

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    En este trabajo se evalúa el desempeño de 1 183 microempresas, que recibieron servicios de desarrollo empresarial en Baja California, mediante un modelo que utiliza las ventas acumuladas como variable proxy de experiencia, para calcular los coeficientes de elasticidad de aprendizaje por empresa. Se supone que a través de prácticas de asistencia, capacitación y acompañamiento mejora la situación de la microempresa, respecto al uso de los recursos. En consecuencia, el modelo es un instrumento ...

  14. Una mirada hacia las organizaciones civiles de apoyo al migrante en Baja California y Sonora

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    José Ascensión Moreno Mena; Lya Niño Contreras

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    Los migrantes en tránsito, los que intentan cruzar y los devueltos de Estados Unidos, que son presa de todo tipo de autoridad y del crimen organizado, demandan mucha atención, que no es brindada debidamente por el sector gubernamental. Ante tal situación, la sociedad civil organizada en Baja California y Sonora ha tenido que asistir a los deportados y aspirantes a ingresar al vecino país, incluyendo la promoción y defensa de los derechos humanos y la conformación de redes formales e informale...

  15. Algunos geosímbolos de Baja California. Identidad y memoria colectiva de la ruralidad

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    Alberto Tapia Landeros

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    Este documento presenta una descripción de algunos lugares de Baja California que históricamente han sido nombrados por el ser humano nativo y colono en virtud de su utilidad como orientadores al viajar, porque poseen agua, han sido testigos de algún hecho relevante, son mencionados por motivos religiosos, reconocidos en cultos indígenas, destacados por razones políticas y cualquier otra causa para asignarles un significado simbólico. El conocimiento de estos sitios se ha obtenido a través de...

  16. Violencia contra mujeres en un entorno de desigualdad social: homicidios dolosos en Tijuana, Baja California

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    David F. Fuentes; Margarita Barajas Tinoco; Silvia Figueroa Ramírez

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    En este artículo analizamos información correspondiente a homicidios dolosos cometidos contra mujeres residentes de Tijuana, Baja California, durante el periodo 2000-2005. Además de presentar el perfil social de víctimas y victimarios, se amplía el análisis hacia el móvil y modus operandi del hecho. Lo anterior es mediado con la riqueza que proporciona la teoría de género. La información utilizada corresponde a la base de datos generada dentro del proyecto de investigación deno...

  17. Crecimiento industrial y riesgo urbano: El caso de Mexicali, Baja California

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    Pablo Jesús González Reyes

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    Full Text Available El presente artículo consiste en una valoración de situaciones de riesgo ambiental relacionadas con incendios, explosiones y emanaciones tóxicas, debidas al creciente manejo de substancias químicas en la industria manufacturera del área urbana de Mexicali, Baja California. La metodología incluye la utilización de sistemas de información geográfica. Con el uso de esta herramienta se identifican con claridad diversas áreas de riesgo en la ciudad y se proponen, además, algunas alternativas para la toma de decisiones.

  18. Petrografía, geoquímica, petrofábrica y paleomagnetismo de la Toba de San Felipe en la región de Cataviña, Baja California, México

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    Olguín-Villa, Angel Enrique; Vidal-Solano, Jesús Roberto; Stock, Joann Miriam

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    A pyroclastic density current deposit has been recognized within the middle Miocene sequences in the Cataviña region, Baja California. The rhyolitic deposit is a poorly welded ignimbrite and has reduced thicknesses (green clinopyroxene>fayalite is analogous to that of all ignimbrite deposits of this nature in northwestern Mexico. Geochemical studies emphasize, first, the peralkaline character defining a comendite variety for the rhyolitic magma, and second, that higher concentrati...

  19. Commercial Whaling, Especially for Gray Whales, Eschrichtius robustus, and Humpback Whales, Megaptera novaeangliae, at California and Baja California Shore Stations in the 19th Century (1854–1899)

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    Reeves, Randall R.; Smith, Tim D.

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    Shore whaling along North America’s California and Baja California coasts during 1854–99 was ancillary to the offshore and alongshore American whale fishery, which had begun in the North Pacific in the early 1800’s and was flourishing by the 1840’s. From its inception at Monterey, Calif., in the mid 1850’s, the shore fishery, involving open boats deployed from land to catch and tow whales for processing, eventually spread from Monterey south to San Diego and Baja California and north...

  20. Bio-optical characteristics of a phytoplankton bloom event off Baja California Peninsula (30 31°N)

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    Barocio-León, Óscar A.; Millán-Núñez, Roberto; Santamaría-del-Ángel, Eduardo; Gonzalez-Silvera, Adriana; Trees, Charles C.; Orellana-Cepeda, Elizabeth

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    A phytoplankton bloom was detected in the Southern California Current System, off the Baja California Peninsula (Mexico) on June 2003 with chlorophyll- a concentration (TChl a) of 10.13 mg m -3. Two stations (D1 and D2) were sampled on June 24, and D2 was resampled 6 days later; chlorophyll- a concentration had decreased by about one half. LAC MODIS-Chl a images were obtained and showed the spread of the bloom on the day after sampling. The phytoplankton community consisted primarily of dinoflagellate temporary cysts, mainly at the surface and at 5 m in station D1. Two Pseudo-nitzschia species ( P. australis, P. seriata) were also very abundant. Samples from the bloom had a specific phytoplankton absorption coefficient ( aph*(λ)) lower than the rest of the samples. Values varied from 0.0186 to 0.0455 m 2 mg -1 for aph*(440) and from 0.0092 to 0.0294 m 2 mg -1 for aph*(675), with ratios aph*(440): aph*(675) ranging from 0.99 to 2.20. These low ratios were associated with the combined effect of packaging, and with the relatively high ratios of fucoxanthin, peridinin, diadinoxanthin and chlorophyll- c2 to TChl a. Samples from the surface and 5 m depth at station D1 had higher ratios of Perid:TChl a (0.12-0.32) than the rest of the samples, suggesting that cysts have similar Perid:TChl a as free-living dinoflagellates. An unusual absorption spectrum with a broad maximum around 480-500 nm was associated with the high proportion of cysts and diatoms. The slope of the spectra between 443 and 488 nm was a good index to differentiate bloom samples containing high proportions of dinoflagellate temporary cysts. Further investigation of the absorption properties of dinoflagellate cysts is needed in order to detect these waters by remote sensing. Although much work is still necessary to understand and explain the bio-optical properties of a bloom, the present study is the first assessment off the Baja California coast to simultaneously consider aspects such as absorption

  1. Algunos geosímbolos de Baja California. Identidad y memoria colectiva de la ruralidad

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    Alberto Tapia Landeros

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Este documento presenta una descripción de algunos lugares de Baja California que históricamente han sido nombrados por el ser humano nativo y colono en virtud de su utilidad como orientadores al viajar, porque poseen agua, han sido testigos de algún hecho relevante, son mencionados por motivos religiosos, reconocidos en cultos indígenas, destacados por razones políticas y cualquier otra causa para asignarles un significado simbólico. El conocimiento de estos sitios se ha obtenido a través de investigación documental y registros orales, en visitas de campo y mediante entrevistas con la población del lugar. También acudiendo a la antropología, historia, geografía y biología, entre otras disciplinas. La descripción de estos geosímbolos se analiza a la luz de las llamadas "razones" de Jöel Bonnemaison, de quien se tomó la definición, así como la idea de "nombrar es conocer, es crear" de Guillermo Bonfil. Se localizan los sitios mediante sus coordenadas en un mapa del estado de Baja California y se discute su ubicación.

  2. Morfometría en la Cuenca Hidrológica de San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, México Morfometry in San José del Cabo Hidrologic Basin, South Baja California, México

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    Genaro Martínez; José de J. Díaz

    2011-01-01

    La cuenca hidrológica-forestal de San José del Cabo, localizada al sur de la península de Baja California, México, es la de mayor extensión en el estado de Baja California Sur y es considerada como una de las principales fuentes de recursos hídricos. Los acuíferos que suministran agua a las áreas turísticas y urbanas están en las partes bajas (planicies aluviales) de la cuenca. Un complejo cristalino constituido por rocas ígneas y metamórficas caracteriza la región montañosa de la cuenca. Aná...

  3. Characterisation of an enamelled metallic object found in Guerrero Negro (Baja California) by PIXE and RBS techniques

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    The coast of Guerrero Negro (Baja California) has been known for a long time by archaeologists for its shipwrecks. Archaeologists are recovering objects that come from sunken Spanish galleons in the colonial period, and reach the American coast in the frontier of the USA with Mexico. An enamelled metallic object was found next to the beach in Guerrero Negro. We have analysed the piece with proton induced X-ray emission (PIXE) and Rutherford backscattering (RBS) in an attempt to establish whether the object could come from one of the colonial shipwrecks and to valuate its cleaning process. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS) have been also performed in three samples taken from the object in order to observe the heterogeneity of the material. The materials found revealed the presence of typical lead-glass enamels from with pigments such as cuprite (red), or lead-tin yellow used in colonial times. The metallic part consisted of brass. As for the cleaning process, the average efficiency considered as the weight% of chlorine removed, was of 83.4% for brass and 100% for enamels

  4. Characterisation of an enamelled metallic object found in Guerrero Negro (Baja California) by PIXE and RBS techniques

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    Calvo del Castillo, H. [Departamento de Geologia y Geoquimica, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain); Instituto de Fisica, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (Mexico); Centre Europeen d' Archeometrie - I.P.N.A.S., Universite de Liege, Allee du 6 Aout, 10 Bat-15, Sart Tilman, 4000-Liege 1 (Belgium)], E-mail: hcalvo@ulg.ac.be; Ruvalcaba, J.L. [Instituto de Fisica, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (Mexico); Calderon, T. [Departamento de Geologia y Geoquimica, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain); Salinas Nolasco, M.F. [Coordinacion de Conservacion del Patrimonio Cultural, Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia (Mexico); Mejia, L.M. [Direccion de Arqueologia Subacuatica, Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia (Mexico); Perdigon, K. [Coordinacion de Conservacion del Patrimonio Cultural, Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia (Mexico)

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    The coast of Guerrero Negro (Baja California) has been known for a long time by archaeologists for its shipwrecks. Archaeologists are recovering objects that come from sunken Spanish galleons in the colonial period, and reach the American coast in the frontier of the USA with Mexico. An enamelled metallic object was found next to the beach in Guerrero Negro. We have analysed the piece with proton induced X-ray emission (PIXE) and Rutherford backscattering (RBS) in an attempt to establish whether the object could come from one of the colonial shipwrecks and to valuate its cleaning process. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS) have been also performed in three samples taken from the object in order to observe the heterogeneity of the material. The materials found revealed the presence of typical lead-glass enamels from with pigments such as cuprite (red), or lead-tin yellow used in colonial times. The metallic part consisted of brass. As for the cleaning process, the average efficiency considered as the weight% of chlorine removed, was of 83.4% for brass and 100% for ename0008.

  5. The physicochemical characterization of cave paintings of Baja California; Caracterizacion fisicoquimica de pigmentos y soportes en pinturas murales: caso Mayapan, Yucatan

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    Valdez, B.; Cobo, J.; Schorr, M. [Area de Corrosion y Materiales, Instituto de Ingenieria, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Blvd. Benito Juarez, S/N, 21280, Mexicali, B.C. (Mexico); Cota, L. [Centro de Ciencias de la Materia Condensada, UNAM, Ensenada, B.C. (Mexico); Oviedo, F. [Centro INAH - BC, Ensenada, B.C. (Mexico)]. e-mail: benval@iing.mxl.uabc.mx

    2006-07-01

    The Palaeolithic paintings of Baja California constitute an important contribution to the national, historic and cultural patrimony of Mexico. The aim of this investigation was to determine the physicochemical characteristics, the microstructure and texture of these polychrome paintings, painted on rocks encountered in the mountainous, desert/arid zones of Baja California and Baja California South. The first stage of this work was devoted to the examination and recording of the cave paintings of 'El Vallecito', a narrow fluvial valley displaying large granitic rocks emerging from the sandy soil. Tiny painting samples were collected and analyzed by SEM, EDS and FTIR techniques. The painters used four main colours: red, black, yellow and white. The paint raw materials are mineral pigments: white (kaolin, calcite, and gypsum), red (hematite), yellow (ochre, limonite), black (charcoal from burnt wood or calcined bones) and water as a diluent and/or a binder, all encountered in the painters habitat. The minerals were collected, ground and sometimes heated to change their tone. By mixing with water, a spreadable paste or a thick slurry was produced, which was applied with the fingers for lines or a piece of animal skin for figures, respectively. The 100% solids, dry paint converts into a dense, hard layer, incrusted into the grainy, rough, hollow granite rock surface. This paint might be called {sup s}tone on stone{sup ,} explaining its permanence for centuries enduring heat, wind and weather. A simulation of the painting technique was done at the Materials and Corrosion Laboratory, UABC by collecting mineral pigments, preparing the paint as a paste or slurry and applying it on a granitic rock. Knowing the paint composition, production and application techniques will be useful in e conservation and restoration of cave paintings and stone-built, ancient structures such as pyramids, cathedrals and monuments. (Author)

  6. Laylander and Moore (eds.): The Prehistory of Baja California: Advances in the Archaeology of the Forgotten Peninsula

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    2007-01-01

    The Prehistory of Baja California: Advances in the Archaeology of the Forgotten Peninsula Don Laylander and Jerry D. Moore (eds.) Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2006 254 pp., maps, illustrations, tables, bibliography, index; $55.00, (cloth). ISBN: 0-8130-2939-2

  7. Lipid Biomarkers for Methanogens in Hypersaline Cyanobacterial Mats for Guerrero Negro, Baja California Sur

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    Jahnke, Linda L.; Embaye, Tsegereda; Summons, Roger E.; Fonda, Mark (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Analyses of sediments from the vicinity of active methane seeps have uncovered a particular suite of lipid biomarker patterns that characterize methane consuming archaea and their syntrophic, sulfate reducing partners. These isoprenoid biomarkers, largely identified by their anomalously light carbon isotopic signatures, have been a topic of intense research activity and are recorded in numerous methane-rich environments from Holocene to Cenozoic. This phenomenon has implications for depleted kerogens at 2.7 Ga on early Earth (Hinrichs 2002). In contrast, the lipid biosignatures of methane producing archaea are not readily identified through distinct isotopic labels and have received comparably little attention in analyses of archaea in environmental samples. Indeed, environmental analyses generally detect only free archaeal lipids, not the intact, polar molecules found in the membrane of living organisms. As part of the Ames NAI, the 'Early Microbial Ecosystem Research Group' (EMERG) is working to understand microbial processes in the hypersaline cyanobacterial mats growing in the salt evaporation ponds of the Exportadora de Sal at Guerrero Negro, Baja California Sur, Mexico. The aim of this study was to develop methods by which we could identify the organisms responsible for methane generation in this environment. While the ester-bound fatty acids, hopanoids and wax esters provide a means to identify most of the bacterial components of these mats, the archaea which Ere evidently present through genomic assays and the fact of intense methane production (Hoehler et al. 200l), have not been identified through their corresponding lipid signatures. Archaeal core lipids present a number of analytical challenges. The core lipids of methanogens comprise C20, C40 and sometimes C25 isoprenoid chains, linked through ether bonds to glycerol. As well as archaeal (C20), sn-2- and sn-3-hydroxyarchaeol are associated particularly with methylotrophic methanogens. Recently, we have

  8. Reinterpretation of Mesozoic ophiolite arc, and blueschist terranes in southwestern Baja California

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    Sedlock, R.L. (San Jose State Univ., CA (United States). Geology Dept.)

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    The nature and significance of disrupted Mesozoic oceanic rocks on Isla Santa Margarita and Isla Magdalena, western Baja California Sur, have been reinterpreted on the basis of detailed mapping and petrologic studies. Three structural units are recognized. (1) The upper plate consists of ophiolitic, arc, and forearc basin rocks. Ophiolitic rocks, including metamorphosed ultramafic rocks, gabbro, dikes, volcanic rocks, and chert, underwent strong contractional deformation and penetrative greenschist-facies metamorphism. Arc rocks, including gabbro, a dike and sill complex, compositionally diverse volcanic rocks, lahars, and volcaniclastic strata, lack a penetrative fabric and are weakly metamorphosed. Forearc basin rocks consist of unmetamorphosed conglomerated and rhythmically bedded siliciclastic turbidites. (2) The lower plate is a subduction complex consisting of weakly to moderately foliated and metamorphosed pillow and massive lavas, breccia, and tuff( ), interbedded red and green siliceous argillite, and rare radiolarian ribbon chert and limestone. Blueschist-facies metamorphism is indicated by lawsonite, aragonite, sodic amphibole, and sodic clino-pyroxene. (3) Serpentine-matrix melange crops out in shallowly dipping fault zones between the upper and lower plates. The structural and petrologic characteristics of the Mesozoic units, the geometry of contacts between them, and the age of extension are similar to those in the Isla Cedros-Vizcalno Peninsula region, 400 km to the northwest. The author infers that syn-subduction extension was a regional event that affected much of the western Baja forearc during the Late Cretaceous and Paleogene.

  9. Restricciones de liquidez en microempresas y la importancia del financiamiento informal en Baja California

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    Martín Ramírez-Urquidy

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available La estructura industrial de México incorpora una proporción significativa de agentes que emprenden negocios a escalas reducidas y en un esquema de informalidad. Esta condición los aleja de los mercados formales de crédito, por lo que enfrentan una restricción permanente de liquidez. Este artículo prueba la hipótesis de que existen microempresas (MES no restringidas a pesar de esta limitación formal. Los resultados ilustran esta posibilidad al encontrar, en una muestra de mes del estado de Baja California, lo que implica el acceso a financiamiento externo y la importancia de las fuentes informales.

  10. New Constraints on Baja California-North America Relative Plate Motion Since 11 Ma

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    Bennett, S. E.; Skinner, L. A.; Darin, M. H.; Umhoefer, P. J.; Oskin, M. E.; Dorsey, R. J.

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    Tectonic reconstructions of the Pacific-North America (PAC-NAM) plate boundary across the Gulf of California and Salton Trough (GCAST) constrain the controversial magnitude of Baja California microplate-North America (BCM-NAM) relative motion since middle Miocene time. We use estimates of total PAC-NAM relative dextral-oblique motion from the updated global plate-circuit model (Atwater and Stock, 2013; GSA Cordilleran Mtg) to resolve the proportion of this motion on faults east of the BCM. Modern GPS studies and offset of late Miocene cross-gulf geologic tie points both suggest that BCM has never been completely coupled to the Pacific plate. Thus, our preferred GCAST reconstruction uses 93% BCM-PAC coupling from the present back to 6 Ma. We assume BCM-PAC coupling of 60% between 6 and 7 Ma, and 25% between 7 and 11 Ma, to avoid unacceptable overlap of continental crustal blocks between Baja California and the Sierra Madre Occidental (on stable NAM). Using these coupling ratios and PAC-NAM stage Euler poles, we determine the azimuth and velocity of individual points on the BCM in 1 million year increments back to 11 Ma. This procedure accounts for minor clockwise rotation of BCM that occurred during oblique rifting, and shows how total BCM-NAM relative motion increases from north to south due to greater distance from the Euler pole. Finer-scale restoration of tectonic blocks along significant (>1 km offset) faults, across extensional (e.g. pull-apart and half-graben) basins, and by vertical-axis rotation is constrained by local geologic and marine-geophysical datasets and accomplished via the open-source Tectonic Reconstruct ArcGIS tool. We find that restoration across the Gulf of California completely closes marine basins and their terrestrial predecessors between 6 and 9 Ma. Latest Miocene opening of these basins was coincident with a ~10° clockwise azimuthal change from 8 to 6 Ma in PAC-NAM relative motion, as revealed by the global plate circuit model. The

  11. Mexico

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    2002-01-01

    This true-color image of Mexico was acquired by the Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), flying aboard NASA's Terra spacecraft. In areal extent, Mexico is the third largest country on the continent of North America (not counting Greenland, which is a province of Denmark), comprised of almost 2 million square kilometers (756,000 square miles) of land. Home to roughly 100 million people, Mexico is second only to the United States in population, making it the world's largest Spanish-speaking nation. To the north, Mexico shares its border with the United States-a line that runs some 3,100 kilometers (1,900 miles) east to west. About half of this border is defined by the Rio Grande River, which runs southeast to the Gulf of Mexico (partially obscured by clouds in this image) and marks the dividing line between Texas and Mexico. Toward the upper left (northwest) corner of this image is the Baja California peninsula, which provides the western land boundary for the Gulf of California. Toward the northwestern side of the Mexican mainland, you can see the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains (brownish pixels) running southeast toward Lake Chapala and the city of Guadalajara. About 400 km (250 miles) east and slightly south of Lake Chapala is the capital, Mexico City. Extending northward from Mexico City is the Sierra Madre Oriental Mountains, the irregular line of brownish pixels that seem to frame the western edges of the bright white cumulus clouds in this image. Between these two large mountain ranges is a large, relatively dry highland region. To the south, Mexico shares borders with Guatemala and Belize, both of which are located south of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Image courtesy Reto Stockli, Brian Montgomery, and Robert Simmon, based on data from the MODIS Science Team

  12. Overview Of Cal-Mex 2010: US-Mexico Collaborative Project On Air Quality And Climate Change In The California-Mexico Border Region

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    Molina, L. T.; Cal-Mex Science Team

    2010-12-01

    The composition of the atmosphere over the US-Mexico border region is affected by cross-border transport of emissions in both directions. Air quality issues in the California-Mexico (Cal-Mex) border are associated with air masses originating in the portion of the border region adjacent to California, which includes two of the sister city pairs (Tijuana-San Diego and Mexicali-Calexico) that have the most severe air pollution problems, posing a serious health threat to their inhabitants as well as affecting ecosystem viability and regional climate for large downwind distances. During May-June 2010, an intensive field study was undertaken by US-Mexico collaborative teams to characterize the major sources of primary and secondary particulate matter and precursor gases in the California-Mexico (Cal-Mex) border region, their transport and transformation, and the impact of these emissions on regional air quality and climate. The ground-based measurements included a central fixed site located in Tijuana that housed state-of-the-science instruments to measure gases, aerosols, radiation and meteorological parameters; a mobile eddy covariance laboratory that measured surface-atmosphere exchange fluxes of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and particle number; several mobile units for criteria pollutants and meteorological parameters; and measurements of fine particles and trace gases at the border crossing areas. Preliminary results from the field study will be presented. Cal-Mex Science Team includes: Molina Center for Energy and the Environment, Texas A & M University, Scripps Institution of Oceanography/University of California at San Diego, Virginia Tech, San Diego State University, National University of Mexico, National Institute of Ecology/Mexican Ministry of the Environment, University of the State of Morelos, LT Consulting Group, University of Baja California (Mexicali, Tijuana, Ensenada, Valle de Las Palmas campuses), Secretary of the Environment of Baja California

  13. Daily food intake of Kajikia audax (Philippi, 1887) off Cabo San Lucas, Gulf of California, Mexico Tasa de consumo diario de alimento de Kajikia audax (Philippi, 1887) frente a Cabo San Lucas, golfo de California, México

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    Leonardo A. Abitia-Cárdenas; Felipe Galván-Magaña; Víctor H Cruz-Escalona; Peterson, Mark S.; Jesús Rodríguez-Romero

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    The daily food intake rates of the striped marlin, Kajikia audax (Perciformes: Istiophoridae), were estimated using qualitative and quantitative analyses of their trophic spectrum. We analyzed the stomach contents of 505 striped marlin caught by the sport fishing fleet off Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico, sampled from October 1987 through December 1989. The most important preys were chub mackerel (Scomber japonicus), California pilchard (Sardinops caeruleus), and jumbo squid (Dosi...

  14. Influence of anomalous subarctic water intrusion on phytoplankton production off Baja California

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    Espinosa-Carreón, T. L.; Gaxiola-Castro, G.; Durazo, R.; De la Cruz-Orozco, M. E.; Norzagaray-Campos, M.; Solana-Arellano, E.

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    The southern region of the California Current (CC) off Baja California represents a transitional environment, with the influence of low temperature and less saline CC water during spring and summer, and warm and salty tropical and subtropical conditions through the end of summer and autumn. From 2002 to 2006, an anomalous subarctic water (SAW) intrusion generated changes in the epipelagic ecosystem dynamics, affecting phytoplankton biomass and primary production. The goal of the present work is to show the effects of the SAW intrusion off Baja California in the phytoplankton production during the two contrasting years 2002 and 2005. Our results show that the minimum water salinity was associated with density levels of 24.6-25.5 kg m-3 in 2002 and 24.3-25.2 kg m-3 in 2005, indicating that the anomalous SAW intrusion was more pronounced in 2005. In 2005, the mean chlorophyll concentration was low (1.0 mg m-3 in some months. CHL values were significantly different between the north and south zone and among months (p<0.01). The mean values of the photosynthetic parameters (maximum light utilization coefficient (αB) and maximum photosynthesis rate (PBm)) were one order of magnitude higher in 2005 compared to 2002 (p<0.01). The primary production estimated by the Herman and Platt model and the Carr model was very different in 2002 (mean values of 907 and 143 mgC m-2 d-1 respectively), but similar in 2005 (750 and 1006 mgC m-2 d-1 respectively). The differences between models may be due to the diverse chlorophyll data used in the singular models (in situ vs. satellite-derived), and to the weight of the phytoplankton photosynthetic parameters in each algorithm. We conclude that for the present data set the Herman and Platt model is more suitable. To assess the relative importance of physical variables, as well as bio-optical and physiological parameters in primary production, we conducted a principal component analysis (PCA). There was an apparent separation between the

  15. Isolation by distance among California sea lion populations in Mexico: redefining management stocks.

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    González-Suárez, M; Flatz, R; Aurioles-Gamboa, D; Hedrick, P W; Gerber, L R

    2009-03-01

    Understanding the spatial structure of a population is critical for effective assessment and management. However, direct observation of spatial dynamics is generally difficult, particularly for marine mammals. California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) are polygynous pinnipeds distributed along the Pacific coast of North America. The species' range has been subdivided into three management stocks based on differences in mitochondrial DNA, but to date no studies have considered nuclear genetic variation, and thus we lack a comprehensive understanding of gene flow patterns among sea lion colonies. In light of recent population declines in the Gulf of California, Mexico, it is important to understand spatial structure to determine if declining sea lion colonies are genetically isolated from others. To define population subdivision and identify sex biases in gene flow, we analysed a 355-bp sequence of the mitochondrial DNA control region and 10 polymorphic microsatellite loci from 355 tissue samples collected from six colonies distributed along Mexican waters. Using a novel approach to estimate sex biases in gene flow, we found that male sea lions disperse on average 6.75 times more frequently than females. Analyses of population subdivision strongly suggest a pattern of isolation by distance among colonies and challenge current stock definitions. Based on these results, we propose an alternative classification that identifies three Mexican management units: Upper Gulf of California, Southern Baja Peninsula, and Upper Pacific Coast of Baja. This revised classification should be considered in future assessment and management of California sea lion populations in Mexican waters. PMID:19226320

  16. Migración por empleo en México. La experiencia de Baja California entre 2008 y 2012

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    Full Text Available Para entender el reto del empleo que enfrenta México, en un contexto de diversidad regional, se ofrece una expli - cación a la paradoja actual de crecimiento del empleo y de la tasa de desempleo que ocurre al mismo tiempo en Baja California. Mediante la estimación de un modelo de datos de panel, se genera evidencia de que los flujos migratorios del interior del país son mayores que el aumento de la po - blación ocupada, debido a que tanto ésta como los salarios y el nivel de competitividad social de Baja California in - fluyen de manera directa en las decisiones de las personas para moverse a dicha entidad.

  17. Effect of nutrient availability on understory algae during El Niño conditions at Central Pacific Baja California

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    Hernández Carmona, Gustavo; Riosmena Rodríguez, Rafael; Serviere Zaragoza, Elisa; Ponce Díaz, Germán

    2011-01-01

    An experimental study of the effect of artificial nutrient supply on understory algae was made during 1997 El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) at the Mexican Pacific coast of Baja California. Twelve quadrats of 1 m2 were placed on the sea bed. Six quadrats were used as controls, and six were treatments with added artificial nutrients. Nutrients were supplied using polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes filled with slow-release inorganic fertilizer. The algae species composition and cover in each quad...

  18. Chaetognatha in the Bahía Magdalena lagoon complex, Baja California Sur, México: Species Composition and assemblages

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    Cota Meza, María Soledad

    2011-01-01

    The chaetognaths from 187 zooplankton samples collected from the Bahía Magdalena lagoon complex, Baja California Sur, México during March, June, July, August, September, November, and December 1982 were studied. Twelve species belonging to two genera were identified. Sagitta euneritica and S. enflata were the most abundant and most frequent species with maximum abundance in July (40,000 org/100 m3 and 6100 org/100 m3 respectively). Sagitta pacifica, S. regularis and S. pseudoserratodentata we...

  19. Integración del Congreso del Estado de Baja California Sur, 1975-2011

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    José Antonio Beltrán Morales

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    Full Text Available El objetivo de este documento es presentar un análisis descriptivo de la forma como se ha distribuido e integrado el Congreso del Estado de Baja California Sur desde la elección de la primera legislatura (1975 hasta la más recientemente electa (2011. Se desarrolla a partir de la caracterización de dos periodos de análisis (1975-1990 y (1993-2008 haciendo especial énfasis en la proporcionalidad, equidad y pluralidad al momento de su con - formación, destacando, principalmente, la participación de los tres partidos con mayor votación en la entidad: Partido Revolucionario Institucional, Partido Acción Nacional y Partido de la Revolución Democrática. Los datos empíricos demuestran la transformación gradual hacia un espacio de mayor pluralidad, no obstante la ausencia de incentivos de carácter normativo.

  20. Evaluación del aprendizaje de las microempresas de Baja California

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    Michelle Texis Flores

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    Full Text Available En este trabajo se evalúa el desempeño de 1 183 microempresas, que recibieron servicios de desarrollo empresarial en Baja California, mediante un modelo que utiliza las ventas acumuladas como variable proxy de experiencia, para calcular los coeficientes de elasticidad de aprendizaje por empresa. Se supone que a través de prácticas de asistencia, capacitación y acompañamiento mejora la situación de la microempresa, respecto al uso de los recursos. En consecuencia, el modelo es un instrumento de evaluación que permite determinar si las microempresas desarrollan procesos de aprendizaje durante el periodo en el que reciben apoyo. Se encontró que las que mostraron alguna mejora requieren de nuevos estímulos para incrementar su tasa de aprendizaje. Por otra parte, las que no aprenden representan áreas de oportunidad para el diseño e implementación de servicios de desarrollo empresarial.

  1. en un área natural protegida en Baja California Sur

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    Elizabeth Olmos-Martínez

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Aquí se aborda el concepto de pobreza, enmarcado en el contexto de un área natural protegida (ANP, con la metodología propuesta por la Secretaría de Desarrollo Social (SEDESOL, cuya política pública maneja tres categorías para medirla: pobreza alimentaria, pobreza de capacidades y pobreza de patrimonio. El estudio de caso se efectuó en el ejido San Jorge (ESJ, ubicado dentro de la Reserva de la Biosfera Sierra La Laguna (REBISLA, en Baja California Sur. El análisis está basado en datos recolectados en entrevistas a los pobladores del lugar; se consideró el ingreso real diario per cápita, el cual indica si la persona es capaz de satisfacer las necesidades comprendidas en cada categoría, con un ingreso mínimo indispensable. Los resultados indican que la pobreza en la zona, de 2000 a 2004, no varió significativamente. Se concluyó que los habitantes del ESJ son pobres, según los propios parámetros de SEDESOL, y que su condición no ha mejorado, aunque viven en un ANP. Se analizan algunas alternativas que podrían ayudar a amortiguar este rezago.

  2. Mobile colposcopy in urban and underserved suburban areas in Baja California

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    Madiedo, Marta; Contreras, Sonia; Villalobos, Octavio; Kahn, Bruce S.; Safir, Amit; Levitz, David

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    Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for women in low resource settings, often affecting the most economically disenfranchised segment of the population. The key challenge with cervical cancer is the lack of an effective screening program for many of the at-risk, difficult-to-reach women. Outreach programs that utilize mobile clinics to increase access to screening and care in Baja California have been developed. However, many barriers such as quality assurance, efficient referral remained a challenge in this region. Visualization-based co-tests together with cytology (Pap smears) as a primary screen have been proposed. Here, the mobile colposcope of the enhanced visual assessment (EVA) is used to capture an image immediately following a Pap smear. EVA images were reviewed by expert colposcopists. Initial or preliminary data from pilot services showed that Pap false positives and Pap false negatives maybe reduced by expert review of EVA images. This suggests that reviewing of EVA images may be instrumental in catching inaccurate Pap results, thereby improving care. Thus, there is a need to further explore the benefits of using EVA as additional information when conducting Pap smear screenings.

  3. Estimated Impact of Contextual Variables on Academic Achievement among Students in Baja California

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    Mauricio Carvallo Pontón

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available In the following article, the effects of diverse variables are analyzed contextually in the educational achievement on a sample of 1,817 students of the sixth grade of elementary school and 1,239 of third year of high school of Baja California, who responded to the National Tests offered by the National Institute for the Evaluation of the Education in 2004. The results observed are consistent with the reported in most of the national and international literature: the women present better performance than the men in reading comprehension, and the men register better performance in math; the students with ages over the ones that correspond to the sixth grade of elementary school or third year of secondary school, present lower performance levels to those of their schoolmates; the students of the morning shift present higher performance levels compared to the evening shift students; and the students of private schools present better results than those of public schools. It was also analyzed, through hierarchical lineal models, the effect of the socioeconomic level of the context of the school and of the professor in the educational achievement. In all the cases, the levels of variance explained turned out to be smaller that the registered in other similar national studies.

  4. Antecedentes históricos de los indígenas de Baja California

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    Julia Bendímez Patterson

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    Full Text Available Este estudio explica la forma como se han ido desenvolviendo los primeros pobladores de esta región, inicia en el periodo paleo-indígena, para después avanzar paulatinamente en el tiempo hasta llegar al problema actual que caracteriza a muchas de las comunidades indígenas de nuestro país. No obstante que la historia ha sido documentada por la sociedad dominante, sin contar con la versión de los actores nativos, y en lo que se refiere a estas sociedades, ésta es sumamente escueta. En la actualidad, la conciencia de muchos mexicanos no-indígenas está permeada con la concepción heredada desde la época colonial y continuamos marginándolos y considerándolos como un obstáculo para la modernización, al grado que, actualmente quedan menos de 1,000 indígenas en las comunidades de Baja California.

  5. Subdesarrollo en las localidades pesqueras del municipio de La Paz, Baja California Sur

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    Nezahualpilli Tovar Lee

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available las actividades económicas reflejan los rasgos del de-sarrollo local en las unidades de producción dedicadas a lapesca de pequeña escala, de las localidades pesqueras en elmunicipio de La Paz, Baja California Sur, y es posible quelos ingresos derivados de esta actividad no cubran las nece-sidades de sus pobladores. El objetivo del presente estudiofue establecer los grados de subdesarrollo de dichas comu-nidades, y mostrar las desigualdades en su desarrollo. Paraalcanzarlo, se construyó y aplicó el índice de subdesarrollopesquero para dichas localidades donde, por lo general, elgrado de subdesarrollo se considera alto, y la pesca de pe-queña escala se percibe como resiliente. El índice permitióentender la estructura territorial de este tipo de pesquerías,y distinguir las aglomeraciones productivas que favorecensu práctica. Los resultados permitieron determinar las for-talezas y debilidades de las comunidades, para así dirigir losesfuerzos y acciones para disminuir el subdesarrollo actual.

  6. Variability on the Hypoxic Conditions in the Northwestern Region of the Baja California Peninsula

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    Bustos-Serrano, H.

    2015-12-01

    The NW region of the Baja California peninsula in México is dominated by the California Current System (CCS). Dissolved oxygen (DO) is a key variable in water bodies because it is considered as a health in biological processes. Hypoxic conditions (DO 60 to 120 μmol kg-1) occur naturally in large areas of the ocean. In the Eastern Pacific, the DO can be altered by eutrophication, derived from anthropogenic activity, especially in shallow and enclosed seas. Fluctuations in the conditions of hypoxia zones may have significant ecological and economic impact. It is of interest in assessing whether hypoxic conditions in the vicinity of Bahia de Todos Santos (BTS) and Coronado Islands in México are altered by anthropogenic activity (Figs. 1 and 2 respectively). For the present study, we worked with data collected from oceanographic expeditions during the period October 2010 to June 2015. The DO was determined using a CTD (SBE Model 25) and by sea water collection with hydrographic bottles using a modification of the Winkler method. The signs of hypoxia are evident in the area near BTS and in the vicinity of Coronado´s Islands, mainly on locations between the Todos Santos Islands and the peninsula of Punta Banda, which shows that the hypoxic zone begins to occur in shallow water between 50-200 m depth. This particular area corresponds to the point where the Mexican Navy determined as a site for dredging materials from the ports of Ensenada and El Sauzal, it is possible that the anthropogenic activity alters the natural conditions of hypoxia in the area to enlarge. In June 2012 for the first time in that region we obtained sediment samples below 700 m depth, which are mixed terrigenous clastic and oceanic sediments.

  7. La Baja California inventada: visiones sobre un territorio mexicano a mediados del siglo XX

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    Héctor Mendoza Vargas

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Resumen. Este artículo examina los viajes de Peter Gerhard y Ángel Bassols Batalla por la Baja California en los años cincuenta. Ante sus ojos emerge un espacio inventado a partir de la experiencia de cada uno en la península. Gerhard, como viajero, integraba una imagen práctica, placentera y lúdica dirigida a los turistas estadounidenses que con la rapidez y la seguridad del automóvil, podrían disfrutar del sol, las playas, los ranchos y la aventura del pasado histórico en los sitios misionales, además de la caza y la pesca deportiva. Por su parte, Bassols Batalla se adentró al territorio como explorador y, a través de una planeación racional de sus travesías y del análisis geoeconómico como metodología, concluyó que era necesario favorecer la colonización, la consolidación del Estado, el interés nacional y la reafirmación de la soberanía. La comparación entre las visiones de ambos autores señala coincidencias y diferencias que ayudan a comprender la relevancia del viaje geográfico como fuente de información y método de trabajo, indispensable para entender la realidad de una región aislada de México.

  8. Turismo y Sustentabilidad en Pequeñas Localidades Localidades Costeras de Baja California Sur (BCS

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    Reyna Ibañez Pérez

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available El fomento del turismo se realiza en sitios que, aunque pequeños, cuentan con atractivos naturales y culturales, tal es el caso de las zonas costeras. Tan solo en México, se estima que existen más de 1,100 comunidades que dependen directamente de dicha actividad, esta te ndencia se refleja, de igual manera, en pequeñas localidades costeras de Baja California Sur (BCS. En este sentido, el objetivo de este trabajo fue realizar un an álisis exploratorio que permitió detectar a las comunidades costeras de BCS, donde el turismo genera un aporte importante a su economía local, además , se buscó identificar la problemática general que éstas enfrentan. Para realizar dicho estudio se revisó literatura, se organizó información estadística y se elaboró un análisis Fortalezas, Oportunidades, Debilidades y Amenazas (FODA. Los resultad os apuntan a que, en BCS, existen más de 35 localidades ru rales vinculadas con dicha actividad que comparten como problemática la escasa in fraestructura y la carencia de medidas de control de la afluencia turística. La principal recomendación es desarrollar líneas de investigación que permitan aportar elementos para medir la sustentabilidad turística a nivel local y, co n base en ello, diseñar medidas para la adecuada conducción de tan importante actividad.

  9. Cadmium concentration in liver and muscle of silky shark (Carcharhinus falciformis) in the tip of Baja California south, México.

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    Terrazas-López, Rafael; Arreola-Mendoza, Laura; Galván-Magaña, Felipe; Anguiano-Zamora, Marlene; Sujitha, S B; Jonathan, M P

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    Cadmium concentrations were determined in the tissues of muscle and liver of Carcharhinus falciformis (silky shark) sampled in Todos Santos, Baja California South, Mexico. This is one of the main shark species for human consumption in Mexico. Results indicate that accumulation of Cd varied in both sexes, based on its metabolism, sex, maturity and other biological characteristics. High Cd values were observed in the liver of adults of male (529.61μgg(-1)) and female (457.43μgg(-1)), whereas, in muscular tissues it was low (0.37μgg(-1)) than the prescribed permissible limits for seafood (0.5μgg(-1)). Substantial correlations were observed between body length and Cd values in adults except young male due to faster growth rate and its metabolism. The study indicated the impact of environmental conditions in the accumulation of Cd and its risk to the food web structure in the marine environment and health hazard for humans. PMID:27016957

  10. Revisión estratigráfica de Punta Coyote (Baja California Sur, México e implicaciones para el volcanismo de la Sierra Madre Occidental y el arco Comondú

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    Puy-Alquiza, M. J.

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    Full Text Available We present new stratigraphic evidence for a migration of the Upper Volcanic Supergroup that formed the Sierra Madre Occidental (SMO volcanic arc in northwestern Mexico during the Oligocene-Miocene. Particularly we discuss the transition from the frontal arc to the Comondú volcanic arc in Punta Coyote, Baja California Peninsula. This information complements the knowledge of the stratigraphic evolution of the Oligocene-Miocene volcanic arc in Baja California and its correlation with the Upper Volcanic Supergroup of the Sierra Madre Occidental in northwestern Mexico. We present new stratigraphic and sedimentologic data of the volcanosedimentary succession of the lower unit of the Comondú group near of La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico, in Punta Coyote. Facies analysis and new 40Ar /39Ar dating allowed to interpret the sedimentary environment and evolution of volcanic pulses in the lower unit of the Comondú group in Punta Coyote. The study area was part of the forearc basin westward to the SMO volcanic arc during the Oligocene to early Miocene. The sedimentary environment of the lower unit of the Comondú group was initially a braided river system that prograded to an alluvial fan environment and three tuffs units: Los Azabaches tuff (30.6±0.4 Ma, La Capilla and El Oro tuffs (22.0±0.4 Ma. The succession studied provides new stratigraphic information related to the evolution of the Oligocene-Miocene volcanic arc in the Baja California Peninsula and its correlation with the Upper Volcanic Supergroup of the SMO in northwestern Mexico.

    Se presentan nuevos datos sobre la estratigrafía y sedimentología de la sucesión volcanosedimentaria de la Unidad Inferior del Grupo Comondú (UIGC al noreste de la ciudad de La Paz, en Punta Coyote, Baja California Sur, México. El análisis de facies, así como las nuevas dataciones 40Ar /39Ar permitieron interpretar la evolución del ambiente sedimentario y

  11. Detachment Faulting and Hanging-wall Segmentation in the Gulf Extensional Province, Baja California

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    Seiler, C.; Fletcher, J. M.; Quigley, M. C.; Gleadow, A. J.; Kohn, B. P.

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    The opening of the Gulf of California, caused by the re-localization of the Pacific -- North America plate boundary, is a premier example of an incipient passive margin. The San Felipe area in northern Baja California comprises a typical basin and range-style topography, produced by Neogene extension affecting the Gulf Extensional Province (GEP). The > 100 km long Sierra San Pedro Mártir (SSPM) escarpment is defined by an east-down normal fault system, separating the unextended western part of the peninsula from the GEP. The hanging-wall of the SSPM fault is characterized by several fault-bound blocks that have been rotated around both vertical and horizontal axes. The Las Cuevitas and the Santa Rosa detachments are two major fault systems in the Sierra San Felipe that are responsible for segmentation of the hanging-wall of the SSPM fault. The curvilinear, NE to NNW striking Las Cuevitas Detachment extends for more than 43 km and brings Neogene volcanics and sediments in contact with the Mesozoic basement of the footwall. The detachment dips at 15-50° and accommodates more than 4-6 km of east-down displacement. Faulting appears to preferentially occur at the contact of Mesozoic metamorphics to granitoid intrusives with transfer faults translating deformation between the faulted contacts. Fission track and (U-Th)/He thermochronology constrain the initiation of deformation on the Las Cuevitas detachment to the latest Miocene. The > 45 km long and equally curvilinear Santa Rosa Detachment system consists of a low-angle normal fault system (15-35° dip) with transfer zones facilitating the transfer of strain between individual segments of the detachment fault. The slip direction varies between top-to-the-east and top-to-the-south, a possible explanation for the change in strike from NW to NE to NW. The roughly 4-5 km offset of Neogene volcanic and sedimentary deposits has created the necessary space for syntectonic deposition in the Santa Rosa Basin. The onset of

  12. Patterns of microbial diversity along a salinity gradient in the Guerrero Negro solar saltern, Baja CA Sur, Mexico

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    Dillon, Jesse G.; Carlin, Mark; Gutierrez, Abraham; Nguyen, Vivian; McLain, Nathan

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    The goal of this study was to use environmental sequencing of 16S rRNA and bop genes to compare the diversity of planktonic bacteria and archaea across ponds with increasing salinity in the Exportadora de Sal (ESSA) evaporative saltern in Guerrero Negro, Baja CA S., Mexico. We hypothesized that diverse communities of heterotrophic bacteria and archaea would be found in the ESSA ponds, but that bacterial diversity would decrease relative to archaea at the highest salinities. Archaeal 16S rRNA ...

  13. Alternativas de control en la pudrición radical de cebolla para el Valle de la Trinidad, Baja California Control Alternatives for Onion root rot in the Trinity Valley, Baja California

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    Armando Pulido-Herrera; Emma Zavaleta-Mejía; Lourdes Cervantes-Díaz; Onécimo Grimaldo-Juárez

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    La pudrición radical en cebolla es la enfermedad más importante en el Valle de la Trinidad, Baja California, México. Con el propósito de evaluar estrategias de control para la enfermedad se realizaron tres experimentos durante 2007, 2008 y 2009. En el experimento I (2007) los tratamientos fueron: 1) Tiofanato metílico; 2) Smicobac (Trichoderma + Bacillus sp. + Azospirillum sp. + Pseudomonas sp.); 3) estiércol de bovino (EB); 4) residuos de cebolla (RC); 5) solarización plástico transparente (...

  14. Aspectos alimentarios del dorado coryphaena hippurus linnaeus, 1758 en Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, México

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    Bernabé Aguilar Palomino; Felipe Galván Magaña; L. Andrés Abitia Cárdenas; Arturo F. Muhlia Melo; Jesús Rodríguez Romero

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    Se presenta el análisis del contenido estomacal de 500 dorados, Coryphaena hippurus, capturados por pesca deportiva entre la línea de costa y 25 millas afuera, frente a Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, México. Se identificaron 51 organismos presa en el componente trófico del dorado, los cuales pertenecen a tres grandes grupos: peces, cefalópodos y crustáceos, representando en orden del índice de importancia relativa el 56.3%, 23.1% y 20.6%, respectivamente. De las 51 presas, 18 registraro...

  15. Migración por empleo en México. La experiencia de Baja California entre 2008 y 2012

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    Para entender el reto del empleo que enfrenta México, en un contexto de diversidad regional, se ofrece una expli - cación a la paradoja actual de crecimiento del empleo y de la tasa de desempleo que ocurre al mismo tiempo en Baja California. Mediante la estimación de un modelo de datos de panel, se genera evidencia de que los flujos migratorios del interior del país son mayores que el aumento de la po - blación ocupada, debido a que tanto ésta como los salarios y el nivel de competitividad so...

  16. La territorialidad del indígena americano de la tierra alta del norte de la Baja California

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    Ralph Michelsen explora la idea de territorialidad entre los indígenas de Baja California como sujetos de otro tipo de realidad; un tiempo cuando el usufructo de la tierra se ceñía a reglas aborígenes particulares en contraste con las formas de tenencia de la tierra actuales y la noción de "país" que en el mundo prevalece. Su finalidad se logra mediante una reconstrucción histórica que le permite hacer propuestas sobre la percepción del espacio geográfico por los miembros de unidades lingüíst...

  17. Riesgo de contaminación del acuífero arroyo Alamar en Tijuana, Baja California

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    Marnie González Estévez; Vicente Sánchez Munguía

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    El acuífero del arroyo Alamar, en Tijuana, Baja California, es uno de los escasos suministros de agua con que cuenta esta ciudad. En el área que recorre el Alamar se realizan actividades que, aunadas a la falta de medidas de control y vigilancia, inciden en la contaminación del lugar. De acuerdo con las fuentes contaminantes examinadas en el presente estudio, aquí se presentan resultados de un ejercicio de evaluación del riesgo de contaminación al que está expuesto el acuífero, mediante la in...

  18. El papel del capital humano y el aprendizaje en las microempresas de base social en Baja California

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    Martin Ramírez Urquidy; Michelle Texis Flores; José Gabriel Aguilar Barceló

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    Este trabajo tiene como objetivos conocer la estructura del capital humano y el aprendizaje en las microempresas de base social del estado de Baja California y determinar el papel de éste sobre el desempeño micro­ empresarial. Ello con el fin de establecer un diagnóstico sobre su contribución y obtener algunas implicaciones de política pública para el sector en esta temática. Los resultados afirman la importancia del capital humano sobre el desempeño de este tipo de negocios, pues existe una ...

  19. Mapping mantle-melting anomalies in Baja California: a combined helium-seismology approach

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    Negrete-Aranda, R.; Spelz, R. M.; Hilton, D. R.; Tellez, M.; González-Yahimovich, O.

    2015-12-01

    In active tectonic settings, the presence of helium in aqueous fluids with 3He/4He ratios greater than in-situ production values (~0.05 RA where RA = air He or 1.4 x 10-6) indicates the contribution of mantle-derived volatiles to the total volatile inventory. This is an indicative of the presence of mantle-derived melts, which act to transfer volatiles from the solid Earth towards the surface. Thus, He has the potential to map regions of the underlying mantle which are undergoing partial melting - a phenomenon which should also be evident in the seismic record. Reports of high 3He/4He in hot springs in Baja California (BC) has prompted us to initiate a survey of the region to assess relationship(s) between He isotopes and geophysical images of the underlying mantle. Previous studies report 3He/4He ratios of 0.54 RA for submarine hot springs (Punta Banda 108oC; Vidal, 1982) and 1.3 RA for spring waters (81oC) at Bahia Concepcion (Forrest et al.,2005). Our new survey of hot springs in northern BC has revealed that all 6 localities sampled to date, show the presence of mantle He with the highest ratio being 1.74RA (21% mantle-derived) at Puertecitos on the Gulf coast. He ratios are generally lower on the Pacific coast with the minimum mantle He contribution being 5% at Sierra Juárez (0.11RA). Thus, preliminary trends are of a west-to-east increase in the mantle He signal across the peninsula. He results presented in this study correlate well with high resolution Rayleigh wave tomography images by Forsythe et al. (2007). Shear velocity variations in the BC crust and upper mantle have been interpreted as low velocity anomalies associated with dynamic upwelling and active melt production. More extensive sampling throughout BC coupled with analysis of other geochemical indicators of mantle degassing (e.g. CO2) will allow more detailed characterization of the extent and distribution of mantle melts in the region, facilitating assessment of the region's geothermal

  20. Magnetic Fabric and Paleomagnetism of the Peninsular Ranges Batholith, Sierra San Pedro M rtir, Baja California.

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    Knight, M.; Herrero-Bervera, E.; Molina-Garza, R. S.; Böhnel, H. N.

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    We summarize results of recent paleomagnetic, structural, petrologic and magnetic fabric studies along an east-west (60 km long) transect across the Peninsular Ranges Batholith (PRB) in north-central Baja California. The transect includes both magnetite rich plutons from the western sector of the PRB, and ilmenite rich plutons from the eastern sector, as well as plutons on the eastern and western side of major tectonic discontinuities. We include results for 8 plutons, included well-characterized bodies such as San Pedro M rtir (SP), San José (SJ) and La Zarza (LZ), and relatively little known plutons such as Potrero (PO), Aguaje del Burro (AB), El Milagro (MI), and San Telmo (ST). Plutons on the western sector of the PRB yield a paleomagnetic pole at 82° N-186.4° E (A95=4.8° ). When rotated into a pre- Gulf of California position, the pole (79.2° -188.2° ) is statistically undistinguishable from the North American reference pole. In contrast, SP, SJ and PO plutons, on either side of the NW trending Main Martir Thrust yield clearly discordant direction that can only be reconciled with results for the western plutons assuming southwestward tilt of ˜ 25° for SP and greater than 45° for SJ and PO. We find strong evidence in support of tilt of the plutons from thermochronological, structural, and geobarometric data. These data will be discussed elsewhere. Here we focus on magnetic fabric data. AMS for SJ is strongly developed with high values for degree of anisotropy (P= 1.14 a 1.40), but marked east-west asymmetry that contrasts with the general symmetry of the pluton along a north-south axis. Oblate fabrics (T ˜ +0.4) with dispersed lineation directions dominate the west side of the pluton and prolate fabrics (T ˜ -0.15) with steep to vertical lineations dominate on its eastern side. This fabric is interpreted to result from magma flow. SP, a much larger pluton and sensibly asymmetric, displays high degrees of anisotropy (P ˜1.2) on its western side but

  1. Genetic structure of desert ground squirrels over a 20-degree-latitude transect from Oregon through the Baja California peninsula.

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    Whorley, Joshua R; Alvarez-Castañeda, S Ticul; Kenagy, G J

    2004-09-01

    The genetic structure of populations over a wide geographical area should reflect the demographic and evolutionary processes that have shaped a species across its range. We examined the population genetic structure of antelope ground squirrels (Ammospermophilus leucurus) across the complex of North American deserts from the Great Basin of Oregon to the cape region of the Baja California peninsula. We sampled 73 individuals from 13 major localities over this 2500-km transect, from 43 to 22 degrees north. Our molecular phylogeographical analysis of 555 bp of the mitochondrial cytochrome b gene and 510 bp of the control region revealed great genetic uniformity in a single clade that extends from Oregon to central Baja California. A second distinct clade occupies the southern half of the peninsula. The minimal geographical structure of the northern clade, its low haplotype diversity and the distribution of pairwise differences between haplotypes suggest a rapid northward expansion of the population that must have followed a northward desert habitat shift associated with the most recent Quaternary climate warming and glacial retreat. The higher haplotype diversity within the southern clade and distribution of pairwise differences between haplotypes suggest that the southern clade has a longer, more stable history associated with a southern peninsular refugium. This system, as observed, reflects both historical and contemporary ecological and evolutionary responses to physical environmental gradients within genetically homogeneous populations. PMID:15315683

  2. Melampodium sinuatum (Asteraceae endémica del extremo sur de la península de Baja California en peligro de extinción Melampodium sinuatum (Asteraceae, an endangered endemic species to the southernmost tip of the Baja California Peninsula

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    Jose Luis Villaseñor

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    Full Text Available Melampodium sinuatum Brandegee, especie endémica del extremo sur del estado de Baja California Sur, México, constituye una especie poco conocida debido a su rareza y distribución restringida. No se conoce de más de 5 sitios; todos ellos amenazados por las actividades humanas. El escaso número de individuos por población, así como la estrecha superficie que abarca su área de distribución la colocan como una especie en inminente peligro de extinción, por lo que es imperativo realizar acciones encaminadas a protegerla, las que sin lugar a dudas redundarán en beneficio de otras especies también endémicas de la región donde prospera M. sinuatum e igualmente en riesgo, debido al fuerte impacto antropocéntrico, sobre todo por actividades turísticas, y para las que no existe resguardo alguno.Melampodium sinuatum Brandegee, a species endemic to the southernmost tip of the state of Baja California Sur, Mexico, is poorly known, mostly due to its rarity and narrow geographic distribution range. Historically the species has been collected at only 5 localities and all of these are currently threatened by human activities. The scarce number of individuals per population and its narrow geographic distribution contribute to this species being critically endangered, and it is urgent to carry out activities to help it escape extinction. Without a doubt, such activities will also benefit other endemic species that grow in the vicinity and similarly lack conservation strategies to protect them from the impact of touristic activities in the region.

  3. Variación espacio-temporal de la densidad poblacional de erizo rojo Strongylocentrotus franciscanus (Echinodermata: Echinoidea: Strongylocentrotidae en Baja California Spatial and temporal variation of the population density of the red sea urchin Stronngylocenntrotus franciscanus (Echinodermata: Echinoidea: Strongylocentrotidae in Baja California

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    Julio S. Palleiro-Nayar

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    Full Text Available Se estimó la densidad poblacional de erizo rojo, Strongylocentrotus franciscanus, en 10 localidades de la costa occidental de Baja California, México, donde se realiza la extracción comercial de este recurso pesquero. Se compararon las estimaciones realizadas en cuatro años muestreados: 2003, 2005, 2006 y 2008. Las variaciones observadas en las localidades analizadas indicaron diferencias espacio-temporales para la densidad de erizo rojo y diferencias en la estructura de tallas, las cuales estuvieron influenciadas principalmente por la intensidad de la pesca y al esporádico reclutamiento en cada sitio. Se encontraron dos localidades (Isla San Jerónimo y Arrecife Sacramento que destacaron por presentar una alta densidad de erizo rojo y una amplia estructura de tallas, predominando individuos de tallas entre 50 a 80 mm diámetro de caparazón, lo que podría indicar que la intensidad de pesca aparentemente tiene un menor efecto que en los otros sitios.Density estimations of red sea urchin Strongylocentrotus franciscanus were recorded in ten sites with commercial fisheries on the west coast of Baja California, Mexico. The estimations for the years 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2008 were compared. The variations observed in the study sites indicate important spatial and temporal differences in density and size structure, influenced by fishing intensity and sporadic recruitment in each site. We found two sites (San Jeronimo Island and Sacramento Reef with a high density and wide size structure; with a predominance of individuals of sizes from 50 to 80 mm with lest impact possible in fishing mortality for all sites.

  4. Historia ambiental de Las Ánimas, Baja California Sur, México: un oasis en la Sierra La Giganta

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    Ana Luisa Castillo Maldonado

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    Full Text Available Este trabajo presenta la historia ambiental de la comunidad de Las Ánimas, ubicada en la Sierra La Giganta, en el estado de Baja California Sur, en el noroeste de México. Las Ánimas se caracteriza por su riqueza biocutural y por la alta capacidad adaptativa de su comunidad ranchera, que ha sido capaz de sustentarse en el aislamiento y la aridez, con base en un hilo de agua que brota en los manantiales serranos y corre disimuladamente por cañadas. Sin embargo, el proceso de modernización que está llegando a esa comunidad rural, tiende a desarticular las tradicionales relaciones sociedad/naturaleza, lo que ha dado atisbos de conflictos socio ambientales. Para enfrentarlos, actualmente en Las Ánimas se está llevando a cabo un importante proceso de conservación y ordenamiento sin precedentes en la región.

  5. Gobiernos de coalición: un nuevo diseño institucional en el Congreso de Baja California

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    Cuauhtémoc López Guzmán

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    Este trabajo analiza la relación entre poderes en Baja California; no se fundamenta en las teorías de la representación, sino en la Teoría de la Elección Racional, sitúa a los actores políticos individuales como entes egoístas, maximizadores e instrumentales al estructurar conductas bajo el principio de mejor ganancia y menor pérdida. La metodología empleada combina el modelo de elección racional y el neoinstitucionalismo en la vertiente de la Teoría de los Costos de Transacción Política. Par...

  6. La territorialidad del indígena americano de la tierra alta del norte de la Baja California

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    Ralph Michelsen

    1991-01-01

    Full Text Available Ralph Michelsen explora la idea de territorialidad entre los indígenas de Baja California como sujetos de otro tipo de realidad; un tiempo cuando el usufructo de la tierra se ceñía a reglas aborígenes particulares en contraste con las formas de tenencia de la tierra actuales y la noción de "país" que en el mundo prevalece. Su finalidad se logra mediante una reconstrucción histórica que le permite hacer propuestas sobre la percepción del espacio geográfico por los miembros de unidades lingüísticas y/o de parentesco.

  7. Trabajadores agrícolas migrantes en Baja California. Vinculación con la migración internacional

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    Ma. Eugenia Anguiano Téllez

    1989-09-01

    Full Text Available En este ensayo los jornaleros agrícolas migrantes son clasificados en dos estratos: el primero, considera la migración internacional, es decir, aquéllos que se internan en Estados Unidos con el propósito de conseguir empleo; y el segundo, corresponde a la migración interna de los trabajadores agrícolas que permanecen en Baja California para laborar en los valles de Mexicali y San Quintín.En este trabajo se señalan las diferencias entre estos dos estratos, tanto de carácter económico como en los niveles de educación; asimismo, se comparan las características de los jornaleros agrícolas migrantes que cruzan a Estados Unidos por Mexicali y por Tijuana, según su actividad económica de procedencia y su expectativa de empleo en los Estados Unidos.

  8. Morfometría en la Cuenca Hidrológica de San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, México Morfometry in San José del Cabo Hidrologic Basin, South Baja California, México

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    Genaro Martínez

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available La cuenca hidrológica-forestal de San José del Cabo, localizada al sur de la península de Baja California, México, es la de mayor extensión en el estado de Baja California Sur y es considerada como una de las principales fuentes de recursos hídricos. Los acuíferos que suministran agua a las áreas turísticas y urbanas están en las partes bajas (planicies aluviales de la cuenca. Un complejo cristalino constituido por rocas ígneas y metamórficas caracteriza la región montañosa de la cuenca. Análisis de imagen Landsat ETM, fotografías aéreas y modelo digital de elevación fueron usados para cartografiar la geomorfología, geología y desarrollar un análisis morfométrico en la margen occidental de la cuenca. Rasgos estructurales tales como alineamientos rectos o curvilíneos y diques fueron obtenidos del modelo digital de elevación. Parámetros morfométricos y análisis estructural de siete subcuencas se derivaron para determinar áreas potenciales de captura hacia la Cuenca Hidrológica de San José del Cabo (CHSJ. Del análisis se identificó que la captura toma lugar en la parte serrana de la cuenca, dentro del basamento cristalino a través de un sistema de fracturamiento interconectado. Se proponen dos subcuencas como las principales áreas de recarga hacia la CHSJC. Los resultados muestran que la investigación con imagen Landsat y el modelo digital de elevación proporcionan, una fuente acertada de datos e información para la identificación de áreas de recarga y descarga a una escala regional.The San José del Cabo basin is located in the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula in México. The basin is one of the largest in the state and is considered the major water source for the state. The aquifers and wells that supply water to the urban and tourist areas are in the lower areas (alluvial plains of the basin; however the aquifers recharge takes place in the mountain region. A crystalline complex basement made

  9. Isla Guadalupe, Mexico (GUAX, SCIGN/PBO) a Relative Constraint for California Borderland and Northern Gulf of California Motions.

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    Gonzalez-Garcia, J. J.

    2004-12-01

    Using ITRF2000 as a common reference frame link, I analyzed survey mode and permanent GPS published results, together with SOPAC public data and results (http://sopac.ucsd.edu), in order to evaluate relative present day crustal deformation in California and northern Mexico. The crustal velocity field of Mexico (Marquez-Azua and DeMets, 2003) obtained from continuous GPS measurements conducted by Instituto Nacional de Geografia e Informatica (INEGI) for 1993-2001, was partially used. The preferred model for an instantaneous rigid motion between North-America and Pacific plates (NAPA), is obtained using results of Isla Guadalupe GPS surveys (1991-2002) giving a new constraint for Pacific plate (PA) motion (Gonzalez-Garcia et al., 2003). It produces an apparent reduction of 1 mm/yr in the absolute motion in the border zone between PA and North-America (NA) plates in this region, as compared with other GPS models (v.g. Prawirodirdjo and Bock, 2004); and it is 3 mm/yr higher than NNRNUVEL-1A. In the PA reference frame, westernmost islands from San Francisco (FARB), Los Angeles (MIG1), and Ensenada (GUAX); give current residuals of 1.8, 1.7 and 0.9 mm/yr and azimuths that are consistent with local tectonic setting, respectively. In the NA reference frame, besides the confirmation of 2 mm/yr E-W extension for the southern Basin and Range province in northern Mexico; a present day deformation rate of 40.5 mm/yr between San Felipe, Baja California (SFBC) and Hermosillo, Sonora, is obtained. This rate agrees with a 6.3 to 6.7 Ma for the "initiation of a full sea-floor spreading" in the northern Gulf of California. SFBC has a 7 mm/yr motion in the PA reference frame, giving then, a full NAPA theoretical absolute motion of 47.5 mm/yr. For Puerto Penasco, Sonora (PENA) there is a NAPA motion of 46.2 mm/yr and a residual of 1.2 mm/yr in the NA reference frame, this site is located only 75 km to the northeast from the Wagner basin center. For southern Isla Guadalupe (GUAX) there

  10. Hydrography of Bahia Todos Santos, Baja California: Results of more than twenty five years of investigations.

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    Bustos-Serrano, H.; Canino-Herrera, S. R.; Morales-Chavez, R.; Martinez-Garcia, G. M.

    2007-05-01

    The first study of Bahia Todos Santos (BTS) was reported by Walton in 1955. We conducted oceanographic studies in BTS since 1979. The BTS has a connection with a coastal lagoon named Estero de Punta Banda (EPB), two islands at the western portion and the Port of Ensenada. The general hydrographic characteristics are: In winter the water became homogeneous, less saline (33.6) low temperature (13°C), low oxygen (~3mL L-1) and rich in nutrient concentration. The isothermal top layer has relatively high temperature (>17°C) and oxygen concentration (>6mL L-1). The intermediate transition layer (seasonal thermocline) has minimum salinity, maximum oxygen and high stability. During fall there is distribution of heat from the surface layer to the entire water column. The thermic waves propagate with decrease amplitude in ~3 months, from surface to bottom water. The California Current flow generally southward off the western United States and northern Mexico and is one of the major coastal upwelling of the word oceans. The upwelling events in BTS appear regularly at the SW portion and were typically characterized by an increase in pCO2, decrease of O2, increase of nutrients and a lower temperature. Upwelling activity increases surface nutrient availability causing rise in the primary productivity and hence increased zooplankton biomass. The annual upwelling event which had a maximum strength on May, the seasonal warming and cooling, and the water advection were the dominant modifying processes for the variability of seawater characteristics. Higher salinities are located close to the coastline and lower off the bay. The levels of oxygen, alkalinity, pH and chlorophyll indicate that the maximum concentration of phytoplankton is located at the center of the bay. The nitrification support the primary productivity and the NO3 levels were below detection limits; the N/P ratio in 2005 was from 10 to 25; and for 2006 was below 5. There is a net enrichment of anthropogenic

  11. Water Desalination: Arizona, California, Nevada and Mexico

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    This was a study on the history of the Colorado River, the water challenges of the Lower Basin states and the international water laws that govern the United States and Mexico concerning the Colorado river. The main purpose of this study was to determine possible long-term solutions to the growing water needs of the Lower Basin states and how Mexico could help. After discussing some concerns that the Lower Basin states had, research was done on the different types of desalination. This resear...

  12. Genetic damage and exposure to pesticides among agricultural workers from Valle de San Quintín, Baja California, México

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    Erika Zúñiga Violante

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Various studies have shown the ability of pesticides to induce genetic damage (GD that can cause health effects. In the present work, a genotoxicological study was conducted monitoring residents from the agricultural region of the San Quintin Valley (SQV, Baja California, Mexico. The objective was to determine if occupational and environmental exposure to pesticides in the region of the SQV is a factor in GD, and to find out if women are more vulnerable to this effect. A questionnaire was administered to 88 residents of the SQV to establish inclusion and exclusion criteria for the study; of these, 40 agreed to participate (25 occupationally exposed to pesticides and 15 environmentally exposed to them, with similar numbers of men and women. All participants signed an informed consent form. The micronuclei technique (MN was used, which blocks cytokinesis in peripheral blood samples, to evaluate GD by counting the number of MN and Chromatin Bridges in 1000 bi-nucleated cells (BNC. The results of this measure of genetic damage were then correlated with the degree of occupational pesticide exposure of the participants. Environmentally exposed men had less GD than women with MN means of 8.1± (1.83 and 13.1(±1.7 respectively, whereas occupational exposure affected both sexes, men with a mean of MN equal to 15.9 (± 2.9, and women with 18.12 (± 1.7. Based on our results, it can be concluded that occupational exposure to pesticides is a factor in GD, with women showing greater vulnerability than men. The time of exposure at work was shown to be directly related to the increased number of MN.

  13. Capillary electrophoresis finger print technique (CE-SSCP): an alternative tool for the monitoring activities of HAB species in Baja California Sur Costal.

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    Herrera-Sepúlveda, Angélica; Hernandez-Saavedra, Norma Y; Medlin, Linda K; West, Nyree

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    In Mexican waters, there is no a formal and well-established monitoring program of harmful algal blooms (HAB) events. Until now, most of the work has been focused on the characterization of organisms present in certain communities. Therefore, the development of new techniques for the rapid detection of HAB species is necessary. Capillary electrophoresis finger print technique (CE-SSCP) is a fingerprinting technique based on the identification of different conformers dependent of its base composition. This technique, coupled with capillary electrophoresis, has been used to compare and identify different conformers. The aim of this study was to determine if CE-SSCP analysis of ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene fragments could be used for a rapid identification of toxic and harmful HAB species to improve monitoring activities along the coasts of Baja California Sur, Mexico.Three different highly variable regions of the 18S and 28S rRNA genes were chosen and their suitability for the discrimination of different dinoflagellate species was assessed by CE-SSCP.The CE-SSCP results obtained for the LSU D7 fragment has demonstrated that this technique with this gene region could be useful for the identification of the ten dinoflagellates species of different genera.We have shown that this method can be used to discriminate species and the next step will be to apply it to natural samples to achieve our goal of molecular monitoring for toxic algae in Mexican waters. This strategy will offer an option to improve an early warning system of HAB events for coastal BCS, allowing the possible implementation of mitigation strategies. A monitoring program of HAB species using molecular methods will permit the analysis of several samples in a short period of time, without the pressure of counting with a taxonomic expert in phytoplankton taxonomy. PMID:22744160

  14. Geoelectrical analysis of Las Tres Virgenes geothermal zone, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Analisis geoelectrico de la zona geotermica de Las Tres Virgenes, Baja California Sur, Mexico

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    Bigurra Pimentel, Emilio (Departamento de Exploracion, Gerencia de Proyectos Geotermoelectricos de la Comision Federal de Electricidad, Morelia (Mexico))

    1998-01-15

    On the basis of vertical electric sounding (VES) analysis it is possible to define three geoelectrical environments in Las Tres Virgenes geothermal area. From the surface to 250 m depth, apparent resistivity values change from 12000 Ohm.m. to 200 Ohm.m. This layer is composed by Las Tres Virgenes volcanic material, Aguajito ignimbrite and Santa Rosalia basin deposits. Underlaying this high resistivity layer, from 250 m to 1500 m depth, there is an extensive conductive layer with low resistivity values from 15 Ohm.m to 3 Ohm. m. This conductive layer includes the aquifer of the area, the Santa Lucia and Comondu formations and the top of granitic basement. Under this low resistivity layer, there is a zone of medium resistivity values from 20 Ohm.m to 100 Ohm.m, corresponding to El Azufre and El Partido volcanoes area, and the Agua Caliente hydrothermal zone. The decrease of resistivity values in this middle resistivity layer is associated with hot rock zones produced by magmatic intrusions (volcanoes zone). High horizontal gradients are associated with geologic faults with normal component of fractures, and high vertical gradients with changes in electrical layers, some of them with superficial evidences, but other appearing only at depth. The intersection of NW-SE with NE-SW trends are important, because those zones provide the paths for the hydrothermal fluids circulation; examples of these zones are: Los Azufres volcano area, El Partido volcano and Agua Caliente geothermal zone.

  15. Teleconnections between upwelling along the Pacific coast of Baja California and marine and terrestrial gross primary production

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    Reimer, J. J.; Vargas, R.; Gaxiola-Castro, G.; Hernandez-Ayon, M.; Lara-Lara, R.

    2012-12-01

    Terrestrial processes are closely connected to the oceans through teleconnections in the atmosphere. The global terrestrial carbon cycle is known to be affected by a teleconnection to large scale atmospheric events such as El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO; 2 to 7 year cycles), Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO), and North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO; decadal cycles). ENSO and PDO are the predominate atmospheric patterns which impact the Pacific coast of North America. Correlations between ENSO indices and gross primary production have shown that ENSO may partially explain the variability in the global terrestrial carbon cycle. We hypothesize that the remaining variability (for those ecosystems along eastern basin margins) may be explained by the teleconnection between terrestrial primary production and upwelling along continental margins. The study sites were selected along the Baja California peninsula due to the fact that each one is characterized by year round coastal upwelling (though stronger during the boreal spinr/summer months) and their respective terrestrial climate characteristics: 1. Punta Colonet/Sierra San Pedro Martir is located in a mediterranean climate with conifer forest; 2. Punta Abre Ojos (just south of Guerrero Negro) is located in the central desert region; 3. at approximate 29°00' N (west of Bahía de los Angeles) is in the central desert region but is also characterized by fog; and 4. Magdalena Bay is located in a subtropical desert region with sporadic rain events (here the marine portion of the transect will extend out from the mouth of the bay). Using ten years of MODIS Terra and Aqua (terrestrial gross primary production [TGPP]) and SeaWif's (chlorophyll a [chl. a] as a proxy for biomass) data for four transects along the Baja California peninsula (extending from approximately 300 km off the coast to up to 50 km inland depending on the transect) the gross primary production will be analyzed in relation to upwelling (represented by sea

  16. Anthropogenic contamination of metals in sediments of the Santa Rosalía harbor, Baja California peninsula.

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    Shumilin, Evgueni; Jiménez-Illescas, Ángel Rafael; López-López, Silverio

    2013-03-01

    To know the environment impact on a harbor of the Santa Rosalía port on the Baja California peninsula, the concentrations of metals (Cd, Co, Cu, Mn, Pb, U and Zn) in harbor sediments were determined for 13 stations and compared with their average upper Earth´s crust abundance. The mean enrichment factors, calculated using Al as a normalizer, were higher than the unity for Ag, Ba, Bi, Cd, Co, Cu, Mn, Ni, Pb, Sb, U, V and Zn. Concentrations of slightly enriched Cd in the sediments are below the effect range low (ERL) sediment quality guidelines value only at three stations. The levels of Pb in the harbor sediments at four stations (1, 6, 9 and 11) are between the ERL (46.7 mg kg(-1)) and the effect range medium (ERM) (218 mg kg(-1)), and Pb content in the rest of the sediment samples is higher than the ERM, demonstrating the high extent of the anthropogenic impact of this metal on the sedimentary environment. The total concentrations of the potentially toxic elements Cu (3,390 ± 804 mg kg(-1)) and Zn (1,916 ± 749 mg kg(-1)) very strongly exceed their ERM, showing a high possibility of toxicological danger for marine biota, living inside or entering the harbor. PMID:23277367

  17. Gobiernos de coalición: un nuevo diseño institucional en el Congreso de Baja California

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    Cuauhtémoc López Guzmán

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Este trabajo analiza la relación entre poderes en Baja California; no se fundamenta en las teorías de la representación, sino en la Teoría de la Elección Racional, sitúa a los actores políticos individuales como entes egoístas, maximizadores e instrumentales al estructurar conductas bajo el principio de mejor ganancia y menor pérdida. La metodología empleada combina el modelo de elección racional y el neoinstitucionalismo en la vertiente de la Teoría de los Costos de Transacción Política. Para concluir, se enfatiza que los componentes conductuales y representativos de todo legislador se asocian a un dilema enfrentado por la disciplina partidista versus la responsabilidad legislativa. Estos comportamientos opuestos son analizados para identificar la viabilidad del modelo de un gobierno de coalición.

  18. The P-T-t history of blocks in serpentinite-matrix melange, west-central Baja California

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    Baldwin, S.L.; Harrison, T.M. [State Univ. of New York, Albany, NY (United States)

    1992-01-01

    Thermochronologic, petrologic, and geochemical analyses of epidote-amphibolite-, amphilbolite-, eclogite-, and blueschist-facies blocks in serpentinite-matrix melanges from East San Benito Island and Cedros Island, west-central Baja California, provide constraints on the P-T-t history of this disrupted terrane. Results of {sup 40}Ar/{sup 39}Ar step heating experiments on minerals separated from these blocks vary according to metamorphic grade and indicate different P-T-t histories. Mid-Jurassic (160-170 Ma) epidote-amphibolite- and amphibolite-facies blocks were probably derived from oceanic crust and associated sediments that were metamorphosed during limitation of subduction. Coarse-grained blueschist blocks were likely metamorphosed during continued subduction in late Early Cretaceous time (that is, 115-100 Ma). Some epidote-amphibolite blocks are partially overprinted by blueschist-facies mineral assemblages and apparently record both metamorphic events. Fission-track analyses of apatites indicate that the blocks underwent significantly different post-metamorphic cooling histories. Epidote-amphilbolite and amphibolite blocks cooled below {approximately}100 {degrees}C form mid-Jurassic to Paleocene time; blueschist blocks cooled below {approximately}100 {degrees}C in Oligocene-Miocene time. In general, mafic blocks have trace-element concentrations and REE patterns characteristic of ocean-flood basalts. This study demonstrates that samples with very different P-T-t histories can evidently occur over relatively small length scales (<<1 km) in serpentinite-matrix melanges. 67 refs., 16 figs., 4 tabs.

  19. Problemáticas del comportamiento sexual y reproductivo de las jóvenes inmigrantes de Baja California

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    Humberto González Galbán

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Entre los aspectos que son analizados en el presente artículo se encuentran los vinculados a la sexualidad y la reproducción de las mujeres inmigrantes de Baja California, donde se manifiestan inequidades con relación al resto de los jóvenes, tales como las mayores afecta- ciones por enfermedades de transmisión sexual y los más altos niveles de embarazos –gene- ralmente no planificados–, lo que a su vez tiene implicaciones como una mayor frecuencia del abandono escolar, la salida involuntaria del hogar paterno así como otras problemáticas familiares, todo lo que incide negativamente en la salud de las jóvenes migrantes y en sus condiciones de vida en general. La atención médica, que puede contribuir a atenuar efec- tos no deseados de dicha situación, también es recibida en menor medida por las jóvenes inmigrantes, lo que conjuntamente con las desventajosas condiciones socioeconómicas en que viven y/o el contar, en un menor grado, con redes familiares y sociales de apoyo, las convierte en una población más vulnerable y necesitada de trabajo comunitario que atienda sus problemáticas sexuales y reproductivas.

  20. Diagnóstico socioambiental como fundamento para una estrategia de educación ambiental en Colonet, Baja California

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    Rosa Hidemi Ortega Armenta

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Colonet, Baja California, es una comunidad rural localizada en una zona árida, donde existe la propuesta de construir un megaproyecto portuario. Ahí se realizó un diagnóstico socioambiental, con el fin de identificar la problemática actual del medio ambiente y posibles soluciones, a través del análisis de la percepción social y las amenazas ambientales. El desabasto de agua se percibe como el problema principal debido a factores sociales y políticos, y las prácticas agrícolas se identificaron como la amenaza ambiental primordial. Estos resultados demuestran la necesidad de mejorar la organización comunitaria, con base en mayor y mejor información. Se identificaron las soluciones y se diseñaron cuatro escenarios. Aquí se propone una estrategia de educación ambiental, que fomente la organización y participación informada en la comunidad, para lograr la tecnificación agrícola orgánica y la gestión integrada de recursos hídricos.

  1. Microstructural and seismic properties of the upper mantle underneath a rifted continental terrane (Baja California): An example of sub-crustal mechanical asthenosphere?

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    Palasse, L. N.; Vissers, R. L. M.; Paulssen, H.; Basu, A. R.; Drury, M. R.

    2012-09-01

    The Gulf of California rift is a young and active plate boundary that links the San Andreas strike-slip fault system in California to the oceanic spreading system of the East Pacific Rise. The xenolith bearing lavas of the San Quintin volcanic area provide lower crust and upper mantle samples from beneath Baja California peninsula. The microstructures, crystallographic preferred orientations (CPO) and petrology of the San Quintin xenoliths suggest that the continental lithosphere in this region has undergone several stages of deformation, recrystallisation and melt-rock interaction. Melt-rock interactions have led to enrichment in olivine while fine-grained microstructures suggest intense deformation in an active shear zone in the shallow upper mantle. In this study we highlight the effect of the fine-grained mylonitic shear zone development in the upper mantle as an important process of weakening of continental lithosphere. The results of the microstructural study show a reduction in CPO strength with increasing grain size reduction. Most CPOs are consistent with dominant slip on the {0kl}[100] system. As a consequence, corresponding seismic anisotropies decrease for both P- and S-waves with increasing grain size reduction. The shallow crystallographic fabric can be related to active shear zones, which accommodate the relative motion between the Northern Baja terrane and the Pacific plate. Estimates of the strain rate, stress and viscosity indicate that the shallow mantle beneath Northern Baja is thermally and chemically lithospheric but mechanically has similar viscosity as the asthenosphere. The Northern Baja terrane is an interesting case of continental crust lying directly on low viscosity upper mantle.

  2. Geochronology of blueschists from west-central Baja California and the timing of uplift in subduction complexes

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    Baldwin, S.L.; Harrison, T.M. (Dept. of Geol. Sciences, Albany, NY (USA))

    1989-03-01

    A geochronologic study of blueschists from west-central Baja California has provided constraints on the timing of high-pressure, low-temperature metamorphism and the subsequent uplift of this subduction complex. Mineral separates from coherent blueschists and blueschist blocks enclosed in serpentinite melange were analyzed by {sup 40}Ar/{sup 39}Ar, fission track, and Rb/Sr methods. {sup 40}Ar/{sup 39}Ar age spectra for white mica separated from four blueschist blocks and an overprinted eclogite block in serpentinite-matrix melange show slow cooling gradients between 115-95 Ma. Rb/Sr apparent ages for one block are concordant with these results. {sup 40}Ar/{sup 39}Ar ages of blue amphibole are primarily the result of the degassing of white mica intergrowths as confirmed by microprobe analyses. Apatite fission track ages indicate a blueschist block and an eclogite block cooled to a temperature below {approximately}100 C at 22 Ma and 32 Ma, respectively. Subduction-related metamorphism of the coherent blueschists occurred in late Early Cretaceous time, based on a {sup 40}Ar/{sup 39}Ar age or 109 Ma for metamorphic white mica from a metasandstone. {sup 40}Ar/{sup 39}Ar analysis of partially albitized K-feldspar from a plutonic clast in a metaconglomerate indicates this sample cooled to a temperature of {approximately} 145 C at approximately 20 Ma. Geochronologic and petrologic data for coherent blueschists indicate an average uplift rate of 0.1 mm/yr for one portion of the subduction complex. The relatively slow uplift rate and lack of any higher temperature overprinting assemblages in the coherent blueschists suggest that synsubduction uplift was gradual and proceeded through a dynamic accretionary wedge characterized by low geothermal gradients. An increase in uplift rate (to 1.0 mm/yr) during post-Miocene time coincides with a change from a convergent to a transform plate boundary.

  3. Estimation of the spectral parameter kappa in the region of the Gulf of California, Mexico

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    Castro, Raúl R.; Ávila-Barrientos, Lenin

    2015-10-01

    We analyzed records from the Broadband Seismological Network of the Gulf of California (RESBAN) and from stations of the NARS-Baja array, operated by CICESE, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, to make estimates of the spectral decay parameter kappa ( κ). This attenuation parameter is important for evaluating the seismic risk and hazard of this region. Thirteen shallow earthquakes with focal depths less than 20 km and magnitudes between 5.1 and 6.6 were selected to calculate κ and the near-site attenuation κ 0. We used three different approaches to estimate κ 0: (a) with individual measurements of κ from vector modulus of three-component spectral amplitudes at different epicentral distances and extrapolating to zero distance to estimate κ 0, (b) with individual measurements using vertical component spectra, and (c) measuring from the high-frequency part of the site transfer function determined calculating the horizontal-to-vertical spectral ratio (HVSR) method. For most stations, the three methods give similar results. At short distances (50-60 km), κ takes values close to 0.04 s at NE76, the station located in the middle of the array. κ increases with distance taking an average value of up to 0.18 s for distances close to 500 km. κ 0 at most sites is close to 0.03 s, except for GUYB (Guaymas) that has a κ 0 = 0.05 s and NE83 (Navolato) with κ 0 = 0.065 s, both stations located in the continent, on the eastern side of the gulf, where the soils are less consolidated. Finally, we analyze if κ 0 correlates with magnitude and back azimuth, and we found that for most stations, κ 0 does not correlate with either one. However, station TOPB, located on basalt, shows a moderate correlation with magnitude, with κ 0 increasing with increasing M W in a short back-azimuth range. We also found that for station NE74, located on soft soil, κ 0 correlates with back azimuth, having lower values for azimuths near 120°.

  4. Variación espacio-temporal de la densidad poblacional de erizo rojo Strongylocentrotus franciscanus (Echinodermata: Echinoidea: Strongylocentrotidae) en Baja California Spatial and temporal variation of the population density of the red sea urchin Stronngylocenntrotus franciscanus (Echinodermata: Echinoidea: Strongylocentrotidae) in Baja California

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    Julio S. Palleiro-Nayar; Gabriela Montaño-Moctezuma; Óscar Sosa-Nishizaki

    2012-01-01

    Se estimó la densidad poblacional de erizo rojo, Strongylocentrotus franciscanus, en 10 localidades de la costa occidental de Baja California, México, donde se realiza la extracción comercial de este recurso pesquero. Se compararon las estimaciones realizadas en cuatro años muestreados: 2003, 2005, 2006 y 2008. Las variaciones observadas en las localidades analizadas indicaron diferencias espacio-temporales para la densidad de erizo rojo y diferencias en la estructura de tallas, las cuales es...

  5. Violencia laboral intramuros. Hostigamiento sexual y otras formas de violencia contra la mujer en las maquiladoras de Sonora y Baja California

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    Mireya Scarone Adarga

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    El objetivo del presente artículo es identificar los comportamientos en torno al hostigamiento sexual y otras formas de violencia contra la mujer en el ámbito laboral de la maquiladora en los estados de Sonora y Baja California. Para analizar dichas conductas se requirió de herramientas de la metodología cualitativa, como las entrevistas semiestructuradas y grupos focales, que se les hicieron durante 2012 a 31 trabajadoras de maquiladoras de las entidades mencionadas. En los relatos se identi...

  6. EFECTO DE LAS AGUAS RESIDUALES TRATADAS SOBRE EL CRECIMIENTO, FOTOSÍNTESIS Y RENDIMIENTO EN VIDES TEMPRANILLO (Vitis vinifera) EN BAJA CALIFORNIA, MÉXICO

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    Dinora Acosta-Zamorano; Víctor Macías-Carranza; Leopoldo Mendoza-Espinosa; Alejandro Cabello-Pasini

    2013-01-01

    Baja California es una zona semidesértica donde la agricul - tura, incluyendo la viticultura, está limitada por la dispo - nibilidad de agua. Ensenada es una ciudad adyacente a la zona viticultural donde 100 % de las aguas de drenaje son tratadas, no son reutilizadas y se vierten al mar. Por tanto, el objetivo de este estudio fue evaluar el efecto de las aguas residuales tratadas (ART) sobre el crecimiento, la fotosínte - sis y el rendimiento de vid ( Vitis vinifera var. Tempranillo) en el Va...

  7. Estimación del efecto de variables contextuales en el logro académico de estudiantes de Baja California

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    Mauricio Carvallo Pontón; Joaquín Caso Niebla; Luis Ángel Contreras Niño

    2007-01-01

    En el presente estudio se analizan los efectos de diversas variables contextuales en el logro educativo de una muestra de 1,817 estudiantes de sexto año de primaria y 1,239 de tercero de secundaria de Baja California, quienes respondieron a las Pruebas Nacionales aplicadas por el Instituto Nacional para la Evaluación de la Educación en 2004. Los resultados observados son consistentes con los reportados en la mayor parte de la literatura nacional e internacional: las mujeres presentan mejor de...

  8. Cambio de uso del suelo y vegetación en la Península de Baja California, México

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    Fernando Antonio Rosete Vergés; José Luis Pérez Damián; Gerardo Bocco

    2008-01-01

    Este trabajo analiza el cambio de uso de suelo y de vegetación en la Península de Baja California, al nivel de tipo de vegetación, durante el periodo 1978 (Serie I de INEGI) a 2000 (Inventario Nacional Forestal) a escala 1:250 000. Se realizó un análisis espacial de la información en ambiente de sistemas de información geográfica (SIG) para identificar los cambios durante el periodo analizado. Se elaboró una matriz de transición y se agruparon los cambios encontrados en tres procesos principa...

  9. Estimación de biomasa fitoplanctónica, derivada de datos de satélite, frente a Baja California Sur

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    Saúl Álvarez Borrego; Eduardo Santamaría del Ángel; Iriana Leticia Zuria Jordan; Frank E. Müller Karger

    1995-01-01

    Se utilizaron todas las estimaciones disponibles de la concentración de pigmentos fotosintéticos derivadas de datos generados por el sensor Coastal Zone Color Scanner (CZCS) en el periodo 19781986, para interpretar las variaciones espaciales y temporales de la biomasa de fítoplancton, en un transecto de punta San Hipólito (27”N, ll4”30’0) a cabo Corrientes (20”3O’N, 105”30’0), frente al sur de Baja California, México. Las mayores concentraciones de pigmentos fotosintéticos se presentaron cerc...

  10. Organizaciones no gubernamentales y la contaminación del aire en la frontera de Baja California, México-California, Estados Unidos. Contexto y desafíos

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    José María Ramos; Marcela Reyes

    2006-01-01

    Aquí se analiza el papel de las principales organizaciones no gubernamentales (ONG) ambientalistas, con respecto a la contaminación del aire en la frontera de Mexicali, Baja California (BC), México y Valle Imperial, California en Estados Unidos (EEUU). Los temas principales son los antecedentes de la polución del aire en la zona mencionada; el papel de las ONG, la gestión asociada y el marco institucional y legal de la participación ciudadana, ...

  11. Frecuencias de grupos sanguíneos e incompatibilidades ABO y RhD, en La Paz, Baja California Sur, México

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    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo. Determinar las frecuencias génicas y de fenotipo, y predecir el riesgo de incompatibilidad y aloinmunización materna en la población de La Paz, Baja California Sur, México. Material y métodos. Estudio descriptivo en el que se evaluaron 1 809 disponentes sanguíneos altruistas que acudieron en 1998 al Hospital General de Zona, del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social en La Paz, Baja California Sur, México, tipificados por aglutinación en tubo. Las frecuencias génicas fueron estimadas asumiendo condiciones de equilibrio, y las incompatibilidades y riesgo de aloinmunización de acuerdo con la literatura. Los datos fueron evaluados estadísticamente mediante ji². Resultados. La población reveló las siguientes frecuencias en porcentaje: O, 58.49; A, 31.40; B, 8.40; AB, 1.71; RhD, 95.36; y RhD negativo, 4.64 y las frecuencias génicas fueron i, 0.7648; I A, 0.1821; I B, 0.0519; D, 0.7845; d, 0.2155, respectivamente. Las incompatibilidades en parejas y maternofetal fueron 0.3023 y 0.1685 para ABO, 0.0442 y 0.0364 para RhD y 0.0134 y 0.0061 para incompatibilidad doble, respectivamente. La probabilidad de aloinmunización materna fue estimada en 0.0309. Conclusiones. En La Paz, los grupos O y RhD son los más abundantes, aunque las frecuencias están entre las más bajas en México, contrario a lo ocurrido para A y RhD negativo. La probabilidad de aloinmunización materna y las incompatibilidades son también elevadas. Los grupos ancestrales blanco, negro e indio interactuaron en la zona noroeste del país, determinando al migrar a Baja California Sur un mestizaje probablemente similar al resto de la zona noroeste.

  12. Geophysical Exploration of Faults, Fissures, and Fractures at Four Sites in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico

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    Lázaro-Mancilla, O.; Gonzalez-Fernandez, A.; Contreras-Corvera, A.; Stock, J. M.; Moreno-Ayala, D.; Ramirez-Hernandez, J.; Carreon-Diazconti, C.; Lopez, D. A. L.; Lopez, J. R.

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    We conducted field geophysical measurements in areas in the City of Mexicali that are associated with geological faults, fissures, and fractures. The study sites are: 1) Instituto Tecnologico de Mexicali 2) The buried trace of the Michoacan de Ocampo fault in the urban zone 3) Rio Nuevo 4) A site reported by Frez (2013) with ground rupture SW of Cerro Prieto At Site 1, seismic reflection profiling used a cable with 24 geophones at 1 m spacing. The source was a 3.6 kg sledge hammer, with 3 impacts per shot point. 347 shot points at 2 m spacing provided 6 fold coverage along a straight line with minimal elevation changes. Sample rate was 2000/s, and record length 1 s; reflections were seen down to 0.3 s TWTT. Processing included: frequency filter, fk filter, predictive deconvolution, geometry, velocity analysis, NMO and stacking. Lateral changes in the seismic section are due to surface modification and/or the presence of faults.At site 2, we measured 222Radon in 36 locations along 17 profiles across the fault, using inherent alpha spectrometry with a Durridge RAD7 detector. Each site was measured at a depth of 60 cm, with 31 five-minute readings in a 3 hour period, interspersed with 10 minute of background purge and 3 five-minute background measurements. In a profile parallel to the fault, 78% of the readings were > 100 pCi/L, confirming the presence of the fault along the swath surveyed. At Site 3 we compiled observations of post-earthquake cracks, conducted reconnaissance, and measured some profiles using 100 MHz GPR. These observations showed that the cracks are associated with ground failure due to earthquake shaking. At Site 4 our new 222Radon gas measurements complemented a pre-existing profile that had high 222Radon values lacking a structural explanation. Related to this we found that this region has two NW-SE trending features: a magnetic anomaly low of 360 nT (Evans, Summer and Castillo, 1972) and a graben reported by the Mexican Geological Survey in 2003. Earthquake patterns and seismic studies in a wider area north of the border indicate a possible buried fault a few km west of the Imperial fault, as well as short NE-striking faults controlling basement structure. These results highlight some very useful methods for finding fault traces in a flat region covered with agricultural fields or disturbed by anthropogenic activity.

  13. Proceedings: third symposium on the Cerro Prieto geothermal field, Baja California, Mexico

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    1981-01-01

    These proceedings include both English and Spanish versions of each paper presented at the symposium. Illustrations and tables, which have been placed between the two versions, include captions in both languages. Forty-one papers are included. Five papers were indexed for EDB previously. Separate abstracts were prepared for thirty-three papers and three were listed by title.

  14. Antimony in the Contaminated Site of El Triunfo, Baja California Sur, Mexico

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    Marmolejo-Rodríguez A. J.

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    Full Text Available Antimony has properties similar to arsenic with some of its compounds toxic to humans. Therefore it is necessary to control the wastes accumulated by anthropogenic activities, such as mining, where it is in tailings to be released to the environment. According to the Environment Protection Agency, the maximum value in sediments is 11.2 mg Sb kg–1 and the Earth’s crust average is 0.2 mg Sb kg–1. In this semiarid area, the drainage basin El Carrizal is impacted with wastes of an abandoned gold mine at the Mining District El Triunfo (MD – ET which have tailings with 17,600 mg kg–1 of antimony. In the main dry river (arroyo, the Sb content is between 0.6 and 122 mg kg–1. This element is transported from the source throughout the fluvial basin to discharge into the Pacific Ocean. In the arroyo mouth we collected one sedimentary core and the sediment from dunes (28.6 – 45.7 and 6.43 – 7.74 mg Sb kg–1. This research concluded the antimony is enriched in this semiarid system, with Normalized Enrichment Factors severely enriched mainly in arroyo sediments close to the MD-ET

  15. Use of digital multispectral videography to assess seagrass distribution in San Quintin Bay, Baja California, Mexico

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    Ward, D.H.; Tibbitts, T.L.; Morton, Alexandra; Carrera-Gonzalez, Eduardo; Kempka, R.

    2004-01-01

    Apparent threats to the spatial distribution of seagrass in San Quinti??n Bay prompted us to make a detailed assessment of habitats in the bay. Six coastal habitats and three seagrass subclasses were delineated using airborne digital multispectral videography (DMSV), Eelgrass, Zostera marina, was the predominant seagrass and covered 40% (1949 ha) of the areal extent of the bay in 1999. Eelgrass grew over a wide range of tidal depths from about -3.0 in mean lower low water (MLLW) to about 1.0 m MLLW, but greatest spatial extent occurred in intertidal areas -0.6 m to 1.0 m MLLW. Exposed-continuous (i.e., high density) eelgrass was the most abundant habitat in the bay. Widgeongrass, Ruppia maritima, was the only other seagrass present and covered 3% (136 ha) of the areal extent of the entire bay. Widgeongrass grew in single species stands in the upper intertidal (??? 0.4 MLLW) and intermixed with eelgrass at lower tidal depths. Overall accuracy of the six habitat classes and three subclasses in the DMSV map was relatively high at 84%. Our detailed map of San Quintin Bay can be used in future change detection analyses to monitor the health of seagrasses in the bay.

  16. Range extension for Sagitta peruviana (Chaetognatha:Sagittoidea) in Bahia Magdalena, Baja California Sur, Mexico

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    Cota Meza, María Soledad; Fernández del Alamo, M.A.

    1998-01-01

    In August and September of 1982 we recorded 6 041 and 318 individuals/100 m3 of S. peruviana (Sund, 1961), at 24° 15¢ to 25° 20¢ N and 111° 30¢, to 112° 12¢ W, respectively. It was first described from Perú (Sund, P. N. 1961. Pac. Sci. 15: 1-350) and later found in Colombia (Pineda-Polo, F 1971, p. 309-335 In Costlow (ed.). Fertility of the sea), Panamá (Pineda-Polo, F. 1978. Taxonomy of chaetognaths of the Bight of Panamá... Bol. Dept. Biol. Universidad de Valle, Colombia: 371-439.), Costa R...

  17. La dinámica territorial de las principales instituciones bancarias en la península de Baja California: estructura e interrelaciones

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    Lilia Susana Padilla y Sotelo

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Este trabajo muestra la distribución territorial de las principales instituciones bancarias en el espacio urbano de la península de Baja California Se inicia con los antecedentes de la organización de la banca de la zona y su relación en el contexto nacional en donde destaca su localización fronteriza. El análisis locacional a través del examen de distribución territorial de las 158 sucursales bancarias de las siete principales instituciones permite detectar una sustancial en concentración en comunidades urbanas de la porción norte, tanto en pequeñas como en medias, y una marcada tendencia a ubicarse en localidades de rango poblacional con comportamientos diferenciados, aspecto que se relaciona con la actividad económica que se realiza en las mismas, lo que las convierte en espacios preferenciales, resultado de desequilibrios territoriales. Sobresalen las ciudades de Tijuana y Mexicali y, en menor proporción, las de La Paz y Ensenada. La distribución territorial de las instituciones bancarias en la península de Baja California sigue el mismo patrón de comportamiento que el de la escala nacional, el de ubicación, de acuerdo con la especialidad.

  18. Influencia de los factores agroclimáticos en la productividad de albahaca ( Ocimum basilicum L .) en una zona árida de Baja California Sur, México

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    Francisco Higinio Ruiz Espinoza; Pablo Marrero Labrador; Orestes Cruz La Paz; Bernardo Murillo Amador; José Luis García Hernández

    2008-01-01

    En la Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur situada al sur del Estado de Baja California Sur, México, se desarrolló un experimento durante 3 años (2002 2004). Evaluándose los datos climáticos en la zona, a partir de la información proporcionada por la Comisión Nacional del Agua. Las variables climáticas evaluadas fueron temperatura (T), humedad relativa (HR), evaporación (E), promediados por décadas para el período correspondiente al desarrollo de la investigación, mientras qu...

  19. l176mx.m77t - MGD77 data file for Geophysical data from field activity L-1-76-MX in Baja California from 01/06/1976 to 02/17/1976

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — Single-beam bathymetry data along with DGPS navigation data was collected as part of field activity L-1-76-MX in Baja California from 01/06/1976 to 02/17/1976,...

  20. Melampodium sinuatum (Asteraceae) endémica del extremo sur de la península de Baja California en peligro de extinción Melampodium sinuatum (Asteraceae), an endangered endemic species to the southernmost tip of the Baja California Peninsula

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    Jose Luis Villaseñor; J. Ismael Calzada; Patricia Dávila

    2011-01-01

    Melampodium sinuatum Brandegee, especie endémica del extremo sur del estado de Baja California Sur, México, constituye una especie poco conocida debido a su rareza y distribución restringida. No se conoce de más de 5 sitios; todos ellos amenazados por las actividades humanas. El escaso número de individuos por población, así como la estrecha superficie que abarca su área de distribución la colocan como una especie en inminente peligro de extinción, por lo que es imperativo realizar acciones e...

  1. Estructura de la avifauna durante el periodo invierno-primavera en el Estero Rancho Bueno, Baja California Sur, México Structure of the avifauna during the winter-spring season in Estero Rancho Bueno, Baja California Sur, México

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    Edgar Amador; Renato Mendoza-Salgado; Juan Antonio de Anda-Montañez

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    Mensualmente, de noviembre de 1993 a junio de 1994, se contaron las aves en un ambiente de manglar en Estero Rancho Bueno de la costa occidental de Baja California Sur. Sumaron en total 5965 aves de 56 especies de 10 órdenes y 21 familias. La estacionalidad estuvo definida por 31 residentes, 22 migratorias y tres indeterminadas. La mayoría de las especies se consideran costeras y/o estuarinas; sin embargo, hay algunas terrestres. Existen indicios de que por lo menos 2 especies se reproducen e...

  2. El papel de los comités Pro-Estado en la creación del estado de Baja California

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    Lawrence Douglas Taylor

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available El artículo trata del papel de los Comités Pro-Estado en la formación de Baja California como estado. Se analizan las raíces de la autonomía política en la península, que se remontan al Porfiriato, así como el impacto de la Revolución Mexicana sobre este proceso. Se examinan los diversos movimientos pro- estado que surgieron de 1929 en adelante la composición de sus grupos de integrantes, sus objetivos y contribuciones principales en términos de dirigir el sentimiento popular hacia la realización de esta meta.

  3. Reconnaissance field report for the search of large telescope sites in the sierra San Pedro Mártir, Baja California, México

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    Erika Sohn

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available La Sierra San Pedro Mártir en el estado de Baja California, México, es conocida por sus excelentes condiciones para la observación astronómica. Ofrece una serie de sitios con elevaciones que rebasan los 2650 m, potencialmente apropiados para la instalación de futuros grandes telescopios. Algunos de estos sitios son remotos y es necesario determinar sus rutas de acceso para efectuar mediciones de evaluación de las condiciones para la observación astronómica. Durante el verano de 2005 se visitaron seis sitios que pueden ser adecuados para la instalación de telescopios e instrumentos de medición de la calidad del cielo, para determinar sus coordenadas asÍ como sus posibles rutas de acceso. En este trabajo se presenta una breve descripción de cada uno de estos sitios

  4. SUICIDIO: EL GÉNERO COMO FACTOR DE RIESGO VIOLENCIA AUTOINFLINGIDA: CASO DE MEXICALI, BAJA CALIFORNIA. FRONTERA NORTE DE MÉXICO

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    Elsa de J. Hernández Fuentes; David F. Fuentes Romero; Irma A. González Hernández; Elsa del Carmen Villegas Morán

    2012-01-01

    El presente artículo tiene como objetivo caracterizar la mortalidad debido a suicidios y su comportamiento por género en la ciudad de Mexicali, Baja California, México, Municipio de Mexicali. Este estudio parte de la consideración de la dinámica social como la relación e interacción de las variables exógenas o variables autónomas, es decir aquellas que no se explican a través de un modelo económico determinado, por lo cual el suicidio será visto como un fenómeno social, producto de la dinámic...

  5. The Changing Profile of Mexican Migrants to the United States: New Evidence from California and Mexico

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    Cornelius, Wayne A.; Marcelli, Enrico A.

    2000-01-01

    Using recent data from southern California and Mexico we challenge the notion that the demographic profile of post-1970 Mexican migrants to the United States has remained constant. We find that more recent cohorts of migrants: (1) are more likely to settle permanently in the United States, (2) have higher proportions of females, (3) are younger, (4) have higher educational attainment, (5) are increasingly likely to originate in southern Mexico and the Mexico City Metropolitan area, and (6) ar...

  6. Improving Pediatric Cancer Care Disparities Across the United States–Mexico Border: Lessons Learned from a Transcultural Partnership between San Diego and Tijuana

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    Aristizabal, Paula; Fuller, Spencer; Rivera, Rebeca; Beyda, David; Ribeiro, Raul C.; Roberts, William

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    In 2007, the 5-year survival rate for children with acute leukemia in Baja California, Mexico was estimated at 10% (vs. 88% in the United States). In response, stakeholders at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego, and the Hospital General de Tijuana (HGT) implemented a transcultural partnership to establish a pediatric oncology program. The aim was to improve clinical outcomes and overall survival for children in Baja California. An initial needs assessmen...

  7. Patógenos que afectan el cultivo de Litopenaeus vannamei en ambiente marino y dulceacuícola en el estado de Baja California, México - Pathogens that affect crop Litopenaeus vannamei in marine environment and freshwater in the state of Baja California, México

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    Jorge Cáceres Martínez

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    discuten los resultados en sobrevivencia con la presencia de patógenos y epibiontes presentes. En general, se observó un patrón de incremento de epibiontes hacia el final del período de cultivo y una disminución en la concentración de oxígeno en el estanque, haciendo evidente el punto crítico al que se expone la producción, cuando se combinan epibiontes y condiciones ambientales. SummaryBetween April 2003 and September 2006 a study was carried out todetermine symbionts and pathogens in white shrimp, Litopenaeusvannamei, cultivated in seven different farms in the state of Baja California, Mexico; these farms used three different saline environments. The study included fresh tissue samples, histopathologic testing, and specific molecular tests for White Spot Syndrome Virus (WSSV. Colonies of the peritrichous protozoan Zoothamnium sp. were found attached to gills in shrimp grown in marine environments (with salinity of 35.9 ups with prevalence ranging from 0 to 80% and a severity range of 1to 2 (P=0-80%, GS=1-2, where the filamentous bacteria Leucothrix sp.(P=0-50%, GS=1-3 was also found. In cultured shrimps with groundwater (salinity of 1.6 ups, the epibionts associated to the gills were diatoms (P=0-20%, GS=1-2 and rotifers (P=0-40%, GS=1-2. And shrimps, whereriver-derived water was used (salinity ranging from 0.8 to 5.3 ups,colonial euglenoid algae (P=0-100% GS=1-2, peritrichous protozoaEpistylis sp. (P=0-100%, GS= 1-3 and filamentous bacteria Leucothrix sp. (P= 0-100, GS=1-3 were found, with branchials epibions. Histopathologic tests revealed melanosis, necrosis and hemocytic infiltration in gills, associated to epibionts and environmental conditions. Futhermore Cowdry type “A” inclusion bodies related to Infectious Hypodermal and Hematopoietic Necrosis Virus (IHHNV, were also observed in shrimp of all of the farms studied (P= 2-36 % y GS=1-2. The histopathologic test performed on the shrimp hepatopancreas revealed the presence of bacterial infections (P=15

  8. Eficiencia en el uso del agua en maíz (Zea Mays L.) con riego por goteo, en el Valle de la Paz, Baja California Sur, México

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    Sergio Zamora Salgado; Liborio Fenech Larios; Francisco H. Ruiz Espinoza; Wilfredo Pérez Duarte; Aldo López Gómez

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    Con el objetivo de evaluar la eficiencia en el uso del agua del maíz en riego por goteo se estableció un experimento en el campo agrícola de la Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur, Baja California Sur, México (24o10 L N; 1100 19 LW), en diciembre del 2003. El clima es desértico cálido, con una temperatura media anual de 29,6 OC, y una precipitación media mensual de 184,8 mm. La calidad del agua está clasificada como C4S2. Los tratamientos fueron láminas que resultaron del pro...

  9. Zonas costeras bajas en el Golfo de M\\'exico ante el incremento del nivel del mar

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    This paper presents an estimate of the land area affected in the event of sea level rise of 0.6 m, 1 m and 2 m for Mexican sates with coasts along Gulf of Mexico. Likewise, the number of residents in vulnerable areas that would occur in the scenario of sea level rise of 1 m is estimated. To do so, terrain elevation data of NASA's Shuttle Radar Topography Mission is used, along with a proprietary algorithm that allows the reconstruction of the affected area. In order to estimate the land area digital image processing is used. These results are geo-referenced for comparison with human settlements in the regions of interest. Results show that the total affected area corresponds to 1.26% of Mexico national territorial extension and 3.18% of the Mexico total population. 174 settlements with 1000 inhabitants or more are expected to be affected. The Mexican state with the largest area affected is Tabasco with more than 21% of its territory, while the most vulnerable population will be Veracruz, with more than 1 mill...

  10. Interacciones de pesquerías ribereñas en Bahía Magdalena-Almejas, Baja California Sur

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    Miguel A. Ojeda Ruiz de la Peña

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Con el fin de aportar al desarrollo de un modelo conceptual sobre la pesca ribereña o artesanal en el área de Bahía Magdalena-Almejas, Baja California Sur, se jerarquizó la importancia de 14 pesquerías de la región. La calificación se basó en un análisis cualitativo por puntos y en la estimación de un índice de importancia relativa, con indicadores como los promedios de captura, valor y frecuencia de registro de especies objetivo en desembarcos de embarcaciones menores, de 1998 a 2009; entre ellas están: almeja catarina, escama, camarón, callo de hacha, tiburón, jaiba, calamar, almeja pata de mula, rayas, lisa, pulpo, abulón, langosta y caracol chino. La interacción temporal entre varias de ellas es controlada por vedas oficiales, pero cuando ocurre se reconocen posibles efectos por pesca incidental e ilegal y modificaciones al ecosistema.

  11. Un acercamiento a los actores ribereños en la pesca de camarón en San Felipe, Baja California

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    Virginia Guadalupe López Torres

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    Full Text Available Desde hace varios años, los gobiernos nacionales y las instituciones internacionales han generado un conjunto de estrategias con el objetivo de disminuir los problemas ambientales, mediante la creación de reservas naturales. A pesar de ello, las acciones no consensuadas sobre la conser - vación no resuelven el deterioro ambiental, debido a que se debilita el tejido social necesario para impulsar un proceso de desarrollo comunitario sustentable; la conservación se trasforma en una actividad o interés ilegítimo para la población local, lo que endurece las posturas y dificulta la búsqueda conjunta de soluciones. Esto es lo que ha sucedido recientemente con los pescadores del puerto de San Felipe, Baja California, quienes en un par de ocasiones han cerrado la vía de comunicación terrestre entre Mexicali y el puerto, y se ha llegado al extremo de cerrar la garita internacional Mexicali-Calexico. Este malestar social, que amenaza con un mayor escalamiento, es el resultado de la negativa de los pescadores de San Felipe (y ahora también del Golfo de Santa Clara, en Sonora para modificar su arte de pesca, acorde con lo que plantea la nueva norma oficial mexicana.

  12. Violencia laboral intramuros. Hostigamiento sexual y otras formas de violencia contra la mujer en las maquiladoras de Sonora y Baja California

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    Mireya Scarone Adarga

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    Full Text Available El objetivo del presente artículo es identificar los comportamientos en torno al hostigamiento sexual y otras formas de violencia contra la mujer en el ámbito laboral de la maquiladora en los estados de Sonora y Baja California. Para analizar dichas conductas se requirió de herramientas de la metodología cualitativa, como las entrevistas semiestructuradas y grupos focales, que se les hicieron durante 2012 a 31 trabajadoras de maquiladoras de las entidades mencionadas. En los relatos se identificó la violencia psicológica, física, económica, sexual, verbal y simbólica. Se encontró una asociación entre expresiones de diversas formas de violencia laboral y el hostigamiento sexual con la organización del trabajo y la estructura laboral de la maquiladora, que es clave para comprender la subordinación y desvalorización del trabajo femenino en este sector.

  13. Componentes de cambio y economía regional: El sector manufacturero en el estado de Baja California y en el municipio de Mexicali (1985-1988

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    Ma. Dolores Sánchez Soler

    1992-01-01

    Full Text Available Este trabajo se realizó con dos propósitos: el primero es comparar los cambios manifestados en la estructura del empleo manufacturero durante el período de 1985-1988, en el municipio de Mexicali, en relación con el estado de Baja California y el país en su conjunto; para ello se hace uso de la técnica de cambio y participación (shift & share utilizando la información de los censos económicos: El segundo, relacionado con el anterior, se refiere a la aplicación de las tres versiones de dicha técnica a fin de determinar cuál de éstas presenta mayores elementos para la descripción de los cambios observados. El trabajo muestra que la entidad presenta ventajas de localización en las actividades de manufactura de productos metálicos, maquinaria y equipos e instrumentos quirúrgicos y de precisión; mientras que en Mexicali se registran ventajas para las actividades de papel y productos de papel y productos minerales no metálicos, aun cuando no se reporta especialización.Finalmente, se concluye que el modelo síntesis, presentado por Bishop y Simpson, es el que aporta mayores elementos para la descripción.

  14. Captura de atún aleta azul en Baja California, México: ¿pesquería regional o maquiladora marina?

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    Raúl Jesús del Moral-Simanek

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available El atún aleta azul, capturado por la flota mexicana en las costas de la península de Baja California, se destinaba al enlatado local, para ofrecer a los consumidores nacionales un producto barato y con valor nutritivo alto. Sin embargo, esto cambió en la última década con la llegada de inversionistas, sobre todo japoneses. Ahora el atún se captura, engorda y exporta a los mercados japonés y estadounidense, que pagan un precio elevado, para satisfacer su demanda de sashimi. Esto tiene repercusiones positivas en el orden social y económico en México y Japón; determinadas a partir del trabajo de campo directo e indirecto realizado en el marco de esta investigación. Además, se identificaron algunas similitudes entre el comportamiento de las empresas estudiadas y la industria maquiladora de exportación, lo que abrió un debate sobre el tema.

  15. Water flowing north of the border: export agriculture and water politics in a rural community in Baja California.

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    Zlolniski, Christian

    2011-01-01

    Favored by neoliberal agrarian policies, the production of fresh crops for international markets has become a common strategy for economic development in Mexico and other Latin American countries. But as some scholars have argued, the global fresh produce industry in developing countries in which fresh crops are produced for consumer markets in affluent nations implies “virtual water flows,” the transfer of high volumes of water embedded in these crops across international borders. This article examines the local effects of the production of fresh produce in the San Quintín Valley in northwestern Mexico for markets in the United States. Although export agriculture has fostered economic growth and employment opportunities for indigenous farm laborers, it has also led to the overexploitation of underground finite water resources, and an alarming decline of the quantity and quality of water available for residents’ domestic use. I discuss how neoliberal water policies have further contributed to water inequalities along class and ethnic lines, the hardships settlers endure to secure access to water for their basic needs, and the political protests and social tensions water scarcity has triggered in the region. Although the production of fresh crops for international markets is promoted by organizations such as the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank as a model for economic development, I argue that it often produces water insecurity for the poorest, threatening the UN goal of ensuring access to clean water as a universal human right. PMID:22171411

  16. Derechos colectivos y consulta previa: territorio cucapá y recursos pesqueros en Baja California, México

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    Alejandra Navarro Smith; Yacotzin Bravo Espinosa; Catalina López-Sagástegui

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    Las demandas de reconocimiento de derechos territoriales y de uso de los recursos naturales que los pescadores cucapás le hacen al Estado mexicano, desde 1993, después de la creación de la Reserva del Alto Golfo de California y Delta del Río Colorado (en adelante, la Reserva), son unas más en el panorama de los problemas socioambientales y de despojo territorial, que afectan a los pueblos originarios en México. La característica particular en este caso es que el Estado mismo es quien construy...

  17. Caracterización del peligro por inundaciones en el oasis La Purísima, Baja California Sur, México

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    Jobst Wurl

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    Full Text Available En el estado de Baja California Sur existen solo cuatro oasis con extensiones mayores a 2.0 km 2 ; La Purísima (2.25 km 2 representa el tercero en extensión. En el pasado el oasis fue frecuentemente afectado por inundaciones resultantes de los eventos extremos de precipitación, que generaron graves daños en la cuenca. Se realizó un diagnóstico del oasis La Purísima, con respecto a posibles inundaciones como consecuencia de lluvias extremas, lo cual incluye el análisis estadístico de la precipitación para la elaboración de un modelo hidrológico e hidráulico, con el fin de calcular el caudal máximo, el volumen y la frecuencia de crecidas en los cursos del arroyo Cadegomo bajo diferentes escenarios de lluvias extremas. Finalmente se elaboró un mapa de peligro por inundación según los escenarios elaborados Se efectuó un análisis de la ocurrencia de inundaciones en el pasado y sus efectos en el oasis por medio de evidencias históricas de inundación de la zona, para verificar su posible aplicación en la calibración de los modelos. Los caudales resultantes de los eventos de precipitación extremos generan un incremento importante de los niveles en el drenaje de la cuenca. La respuesta del arroyo es un incremento en el área de inundación de hasta 14% respecto al tiempo de retorno de 20 años. Un evento de 1 000 años generaría un incremento en el área de inundación de 67% y bajas, afectando las zonas de la región urbana, así como todos los lotes de cultivo

  18. 76 FR 34181 - Pistachios Grown in California, Arizona, and New Mexico; Proposed Amendments to Marketing Order

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    ... part 900 (73 FR 49307; August, 21, 2008). The changes to section 18c(17) of the Act and additional... Agricultural Marketing Service 7 CFR Part 983 Pistachios Grown in California, Arizona, and New Mexico; Proposed Amendments to Marketing Order AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Proposed rule....

  19. of the U. S.-Mexico Border

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    Sophie Meritet

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper studies the possible impacts of liquefied natural gas (LNG projects on natural gas prices on both sides of the U. S.-Mexico border in California. In that state gas prices are high and demand is expected to grow. Several projects for LNG facilities have been proposed and have to cope with public opinions against them. In Baja California, four LNG projects are under development given the rising demand forecasted for the next years. After a detailed study of the opportunity for LNG projects, we conclude with an analysis of the fundamentals of the current and future price formation in both sides of the U. S.- Mexico border.

  20. The hydrogeochemistry of a heavily used aquifer in the Mexican wine-producing Guadalupe Valley, Baja California

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    Daesslé, L. W.; Mendoza-Espinosa, L. G.; Camacho-Ibar, V. F.; Rozier, W.; Morton, O.; van Dorst, L.; Lugo-Ibarra, K. C.; Quintanilla-Montoya, A. L.; Rodríguez-Pinal, A.

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    The Guadalupe Valley aquifer is the only water source for one of the most important wine industries in Mexico, and also the main public water supply for the nearby city of Ensenada. This groundwater is monitored for major ion, N-NO3, P-PO4, Fe, As, Se, Mo, Cd, Cu, Pb, Zn and Sb concentrations, as well as TDS, pH, dissolved oxygen and temperature. High concentrations of N-NO3 (26 mg l-1), Se (70 μg l-1), Mo (18 μg l-1) and Cu (4.3 μg l-1) suggest that groundwater is being polluted by the use of fertilizers only in the western section of the aquifer, known as El Porvenir graben. Unlike the sites located near the main recharge area to the East of the aquifer, the water in El Porvenir graben has low tritium concentrations (water residence time. No significant variations in water quality (generally water quality. However, the wells nearest to the main recharge area in the Eastern aquifer show a slight but constant increase in TDS with time, probably as a result of the high (˜200 L S-1) uninterrupted extraction of water at this specific recharge site. Relatively high As concentrations for the aquifer (10.5 μg l-1) are only found near the northern limit of the basin associated with a geological fault.

  1. Description of earthquake sequences using complex network theory: the cases of Italy (L'Aquila, 2009) and Southern California (Baja, 2010)

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    Daskalaki, E.; Papadopoulos, G. A.; Minadakis, G.; Spiliotis, K.; Siettos, C.

    2013-12-01

    Complex networks pertain to the structure of many real-world systems influencing their dynamics. Earthquakes are a highly complex natural process that develops in the space-time-size domains given that the state of the seismogenic layer of the Earth is characterized by self-organized criticality. Over the last years, complex network theory was tested as a tool to quantify the topological characteristics of seismic activity aiming to investigate possible correlation patterns between earthquakes. With the aid of complex network theory, we have analyzed foreshock and aftershock sequences associated with the mainshocks of L'Aquila (Italy), 6th April 2009, Mw=6.3, and of Baja (Southern California) 4th April 2010, Mw=7.2. After testing the catalogues for data completeness on the basis of the magnitude-frequency relationship, we selected magnitude cut-off of 1.3 and 1.0, respectively. We constructed the underlying network that describes the evolution of the two sequences in space and extracted the statistical properties of the underlying topology resulting in characteristic scale-free and small-world structures. We found that the corresponding earthquake networks form a scale-free degree distribution and we computed their basic statistical measures, such as the Average Clustering Coefficient, Mean Path Length and Entropy. Taking into account a spatio-temporal sensitivity analysis, we found that the statistical measures of the two networks change considerably before and after the two main shocks, thus underlying the space-time clustering of the sequences. Our findings are in agreement with the ones obtained by using well established classical methods of statistical seismology. Thus, we believe that the proposed approach has the potential to serve as a supplementary or stand-alone methodology towards the better assessment of seismicity clusters

  2. Tracing toxic elements sources using lead isotopes: An example from the San Antonio–El Triunfo mining district, Baja California Sur, México

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    Highlights: • Provenance of toxic elements is investigated in a basin close to the mining district. • Stable lead isotope analyses assist to distinguish between sources of toxic elements. • Two major sources are identified: mine tailings and fault bounded mineralization. • There is evidence in the detritus of a different natural lead component. • An additional anthropogenic lead input is detectable from the soluble phases. - Abstract: Pollution of sediments and water bodies with toxic elements around the San Antonio–El Triunfo mining district, Baja California Sur, México is probably sourced from the tailings of abandoned mines that are hosted in mineralized Cretaceous granitoids. However, there is evidence to suggest local hot springs related to recent faults may be an additional source for contamination in the area. In this study, lead isotope signatures are applied to draw conclusions with regard to potential sources of toxic elements. Lead isotope ratios were analyzed from sulfides and scoria from the abandoned mines, fluvial sediments, and igneous rocks with secondary disseminated mineralization. To differentiate between superposed secondary and residual primary lead, leaching experiments were performed, and both leachate and residues were analyzed separately. Most of the residues from sediment samples have lead isotope ratios similar to those from the sulfides and scoria of the mining district, indicating that most of the lead in the detritus is related to the mineralized plutons. However, there is evidence of an additional detrital component. Lead isotope ratios from the leachates indicate a different source for the superimposed lead that is best explained by the contamination with the average Mexican industrial lead. Secondary disseminated mineralization that is related to younger, deep structures (hot springs) has different lead isotope ratios compared to massive vein sulfides and accounts for a significant amount in areas with high

  3. Cambio de uso del suelo y vegetación en la Península de Baja California, México

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    Fernando Antonio Rosete Vergés

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Este trabajo analiza el cambio de uso de suelo y de vegetación en la Península de Baja California, al nivel de tipo de vegetación, durante el periodo 1978 (Serie I de INEGI a 2000 (Inventario Nacional Forestal a escala 1:250 000. Se realizó un análisis espacial de la información en ambiente de sistemas de información geográfica (SIG para identificar los cambios durante el periodo analizado. Se elaboró una matriz de transición y se agruparon los cambios encontrados en tres procesos principales de cambio de uso del suelo: desmatorralización, recuperación y crecimiento de manchas urbanas (como un indicador de urbanización. En el periodo analizado (22 años se dan cambios en el 7.7 % del territorio peninsular. Los procesos de desmatorralización y urbanización son más intensos en la zona norte de la pe¬nínsula, mientras que la recuperación es mayor en la zona sur. La desmatorralización para actividades agropecuarias es la más importante en la península. La urbanización en magnitud es el proceso menos importante, pero durante el periodo analizado la superficie ocupada por los asentamientos humanos se incrementó en casi un 270 %.

  4. Derechos colectivos y consulta previa: territorio cucapá y recursos pesqueros en Baja California, México

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    Alejandra Navarro Smith

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Las demandas de reconocimiento de derechos territoriales y de uso de los recursos naturales que los pescadores cucapás le hacen al Estado mexicano, desde 1993, después de la creación de la Reserva del Alto Golfo de California y Delta del Río Colorado (en adelante, la Reserva, son unas más en el panorama de los problemas socioambientales y de despojo territorial, que afectan a los pueblos originarios en México. La característica particular en este caso es que el Estado mismo es quien construye los marcos legales en materia de protección a las especies —sin consultar debidamente a dichos pueblos—, volviendo ilegal la presencia cucapá en esa zona y vulnerando sus derechos como población indígena del delta. En consecuencia, las autoridades medioambientales y de pesca mexicanas han constituido la zona del delta del río Colorado como un territorio en disputa, al implementar esquemas de protección ambiental y de pesca, sustentados en modelos disciplinarios, que únicamente se alimentan de información biológica y pesquera. El conflicto se genera cuando se deja al elemento humano fuera de los análisis, como si las comunidades asentadas en los territorios protegidos y usuarias de los recursos no formaran parte de los ecosistemas. Al crear el núcleo de la Reserva en el mismo lugar donde se encontraban los campamentos de pesca del pueblo cucapá se volvió ilegal el aprovechamiento de los recursos pesqueros en la zona. En este contexto se han criminalizado las acciones de resistencia con las que los cucapás responden ante la regulación medioambiental del delta del río Colorado. Al ver imposibilitada la continuidad de su práctica pesquera, los habitantes se organizan para defender su acceso al territorio y, en un sentido más amplio, sus formas de vida y de trabajo. Este caso, en particular, visibiliza maneras contemporáneas por las que el Estado despoja el territorio y desaparece prácticas culturales propias de los pueblos

  5. Estructura de la avifauna durante el periodo invierno-primavera en el Estero Rancho Bueno, Baja California Sur, México Structure of the avifauna during the winter-spring season in Estero Rancho Bueno, Baja California Sur, México

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    Edgar Amador

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Mensualmente, de noviembre de 1993 a junio de 1994, se contaron las aves en un ambiente de manglar en Estero Rancho Bueno de la costa occidental de Baja California Sur. Sumaron en total 5965 aves de 56 especies de 10 órdenes y 21 familias. La estacionalidad estuvo definida por 31 residentes, 22 migratorias y tres indeterminadas. La mayoría de las especies se consideran costeras y/o estuarinas; sin embargo, hay algunas terrestres. Existen indicios de que por lo menos 2 especies se reproducen en el área, 4 presentan alguna categoría en la normatividad y 5 se utilizan comercialmente. La comunidad de aves es más diversa a principios de invierno y disminuye hacia finales de primavera, coincidiendo con la menor riqueza de especies y el aumento en la dominancia del pelícano café (Pelecanus occidentalis, gaviota occidental (Larus occidentalis y gaviota pico anillado (Larus delawarensis. El análisis para las áreas con manglar y sin manglar indicó que el número total de individuos (N, el número de individuos de la especie más abundante (Nmax y la riqueza de especies (S son mayores en el hábitat de áreas abiertas, mientras que la equidad (E siempre fue mayor en el hábitat de manglar.Periodic surveys were conducted from November 1993 to June 1994 in Estero Rancho Bueno, a mangrove lagoon environment on the west coast of Baja California Sur. We found 5,65 birds (56 species. The avifauna included 31 resident, 22 migratory, and 3 species of undeterminated migratory status. Most of the species were coastal and estuarine birds; however there were some terrestial and wide-ranging birds. There is evidence that at least 2 species breed in the area; 4 species are protected by Mexican law and 5 species have commercial value. Different indices show that the bird community diversity is lower by the end of spring and the dominance of the Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis, the Western Gull (Larus occidentalis, and the Ring-billed Gull (L. delawarensis

  6. Impacto espacial diferenciado en el consumo y adicción a las drogas en la frontera norte de México: el caso del Estado de Baja California

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    Pablo Jesús González Reyes

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    Full Text Available En el artículo se resalta la distribución del uso de drogas en México, destacando el papel de la región del norte, la cual presenta los porcentajes de consumo más altos del país. A un nivel más específico, se abordan las implicaciones individuales y sociales en el abuso del consumo de bebidas alcohólicas entre la población, así como los efectos del ambiente familiar, trayectorias escolares y laborales de los adictos a las drogas ilícitas en Baja California, al igual que las correlaciones estadísticas entre adicción a drogas y otras variables sociales. El objetivo principal fue evidenciar el impacto espacial diferenciado que tiene el proceso del consumo de drogas en México. Para esto, se utilizaron datos empíricos provenientes de encuestas nacionales de adicciones de los años 1993, 1998, 2002 y 2008, coordinadas por la Secretaría de Salud, e información generada a través de diversos estudios realizados en Baja California, a efectos de dimensionar este problema de salud a nivel local. Los resultados concluyen que la región norte de México presenta un efecto más severo en el problema del uso y abuso de drogas, figurando de manera primordial el Estado de Baja California.

  7. Mexico's New Braceros: How NAFTA Promotes Child Labor and Truancy in the Onion Fields of Mexicali.

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    Although NAFTA has proven profitable for U.S. growers who have relocated agricultural production to Mexico, it has helped create an economic crisis that has forced thousands of Mexican children to leave school in order to work and supplement their parents' shrinking income. In Mexicali Valley (Baja California), approximately a fourth of the…

  8. Caracterización de facies, ambientes sedimentarios y procesos de depósito de la sucesión volcanosedimentaria El Coyote, Baja California Sur, México

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    Puy y Alquiza, María de Jesús

    2006-01-01

    El presente estudio comprendió la caracterización de Facies, ambientes sedimentarios y procesos de los depósito de la sucesión volcanosedimentaria El Coyote, que se encuentra localizada en la parte Sur de la Península de Baja California a 20 km al Noreste de la Ciudad de La Paz. El conocimiento de todos los procesos que intervinieron en su formación proporcionaron una visión regional de la evolución geológica a lo largo del margen continental del Mioceno inferior-Mioceno superior. Los depósit...

  9. Estudio diferencial del rendimiento académico en lengua española de los estudiantes de educación secundaria de Baja California (México)

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    Lizasoain Hernández, Luis; Joaristi Olariaga, Luis

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    El objetivo de este estudio es elaborar y validar un modelo explicativo del rendimiento académico en Lengua Española para una muestra aleatoria de estudiantes de tercero de secundaria de Baja California (México). Para ello, mediante técnicas de árboles de decisión, se obtienen subgrupos de alumnos y escuelas y posteriormente se realiza un estudio diferencial de los mismos. Con los resultados obtenidos de esta primera fase de análisis se elabora y ajusta un modelo jerárquico lineal que explica...

  10. Percepción de la población frente al cambio climático en áreas naturales protegidas de Baja California Sur, México

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    Olmos Martínez, Elizabeth; González Ávila, María Eugenia; Contreras Loera, Marcela Rebeca

    2014-01-01

    Este trabajo muestra la percepción de la población humana asentada en las siete áreas naturales protegidas federales de Baja California Sur, desde el punto de vista del conocimiento empírico sobre los cambios en el medio ambiente y recursos naturales ante efectos del Cambio Climático (CC). Se recolectaron datos a partir de la aplicación de 250 encuestas cualitativas en 2011. Los resultados muestran que la mayor parte de la población conoce el significado de CC y que los efectos que perciben s...

  11. Estructura de la comunidad y asociación de las aves acuáticas con la heterogeneidad espacial del complejo lagunar Bahía Magdalena-Almejas, Baja California Sur, México

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    Bulmara Zárate-Ovando; Eduardo Palacios; Héctor Reyes-Bonilla

    2008-01-01

    Para probar la hipótesis que la heterogeneidad espacial determina la diversidad de aves acuáticas en un humedal costero, comparamos la densidad, diversidad y composición de especies de aves acuáticas entre habitats y otras unidades de paisaje del complejo Bahía Magdalena-Almejas, Baja California Sur, México. Se realizaron censos de aves acuáticas en 329 segmentos de habitat de la línea de costa interna del complejo lagunar, desde febrero 2002 hasta febrero 2003. La densidad de aves fue mayor ...

  12. Sistema Híbrido (Solar-Eólico) con apoyo de gas natural para la generación de energía eléctrica en Baja California Sur (México)

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    Fernández Ribaya, Yolanda

    2012-01-01

    Una aplicación prometedora de las energías renovables son las instalaciones de sistemas híbridos, formados por energías renovables (solar, eólica, biomasa e hidráulica) y energías convencionales. El estado mexicano de Baja California cuenta con importantes recursos eólicos y solares para la generación de electricidad; sin embargo debido a su naturaleza intermitente, estas fuentes requieren de un sistema de apoyo convencional para garantizar el suministro eléctrico. Este estudio describe el de...

  13. Transformación de los ecosistemas áridos para su uso agrícola en Baja California Sur, México. Un análisis desde la historia ambiental.

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    Cariño, Micheline; Castorena, Lorella; Maya, Yolanda; Wurl, Jobst; Urciaga, José; Breceda, Aurora

    2012-01-01

    En este artículo se estudia la dedicación histórica de los ecosistemas áridos de Baja California Sur a diferentes tipos de agricultura. En esa aislada y árida región del noroeste mexicano, la agricultura, desconocida para sus habitantes indígenas, fue introducida por los jesuitas en el siglo XVIII a través de algunas familias que se establecieron en los ranchos asociados a las misiones. Basándose en el conocimiento indígena del medio ambiente y adaptando la cultura de regadío del Mediterráneo...

  14. Variación mensual de los estadios gonádicos de Sagitta euneritica, (Chaetognatha) en el complejo lagunar, Bahía Magdalena, Baja California Sur, México

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    María Soledad Cota-Meza; María Ana Fernández-Álamo; José Nicolás Álvarez-Cadena; Eduardo González-Rodríguez

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    Se determinaron la abundancia y proporción de los estadios gonádicos del quetognato Sagitta euneritica en el com- plejo lagunar Bahía Magdalena (CLBM), Baja California Sur, México. Las recolectas se realizaron durante los meses de marzo, junio, julio, agosto, septiembre y noviembre de 1982. S. euneritica fue la especie numéricamente dominante y con más amplia distribución, aportando el 81% de la abundancia total del grupo. S. euneritica se encontró principal- mente en los estadios juveniles 0...

  15. Synthesis of gravity, magnetic and thermal studies at the Las Tres Virgenes geothermal zone, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Sintesis de los estudios de gravimetria, magnetometria y termometria en la zona geotermica de Las Tres Virgenes, Baja California Sur, Mexico

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    Garcia Estrada, Gerardo (Departamento de Exploracion, Gerencia de Proyectos Geotermoelectricos de la Comision Federal de Electricidad, Morelia (Mexico)); Gonzalez Lopez, Macario (Residencia General de Cerro Prieto, Mexicali (Mexico))

    1998-01-15

    Las Tres Virgenes geothermal zone is located in the NE-SW central sector of a sigmoidal basin that regionally has a NW-SE trend. In the local deepest zone there is a NE-SE granodioritic basement horst acting as hydrologic barrier, that makes the fluids flow up. After moving in a direction parallel to the local horst, waters continue its regional SE-NW movement controlled by regional tectonics. The flanks of the granodioritic basement horst, and local N-S faulting act as fluid paths in the hydrothermal zone, but regional NW-SE regional faults determine the general flow direction. Both regional and local tectonics show magnetic evidences of the emplacement of magmatic bodies of intermediate to basic composition. Those along NW-SE trends are more noticeable but we consider they are not the present day heat source. Intermediate magmatism along NE-SW local trend seems to be less extensive but it is younger, so, we consider it constitutes the heat source of the hydrothermal system. Thermal data suggest that the heat source is located below the volcanic chain toward the S or SW of the wells, phenomena related with the general displacement of magmatism from NE to SW along the volcanic chain. However, recent intensive faulting permits a higher permeability in the northern sector in which there are slightly smaller temperatures but at shallower depths and with higher flow rates.

  16. Geophysical exploration with transient electromagnetic soundings in three geothermal zones of Baja California, Mexico: Tres Virgenes, Puertecitos and Bahia Concepcion; Exploracion geofisica con sondeos electromagneticos transitorios en tres zonas geotermicas de Baja California, Mexico: Tres Virgenes, Puertecitos y Bahia Concepcion

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    Flores, Carlos; Vazquez, Rogelio; Gonzalez, Carlos A; Romo, Jose M; Velasco, Nector; Lopez, Addier [CICESE, Ensenada, B.C. (Mexico)

    1999-04-01

    The results obtained from transient electromagnetic soundings (TDEM) applied to three geothermal zones are briefly commented, emphasizing instead the out of contract work done by the Centro de Investigacion Cientifica y de Educacion Superior de Ensenada (CICESE), both in the application of other geophysical techniques and the subsequent data analysis. This work includes several VLF (very low frequency) electromagnetic profiles in Bahia Concepcion and a magnetotelluric profile in Puertecitos. Regarding the data analysis, an algorithm to assess stratified models was constructed and applied to several Bahia Concepcion soundings and to the TDEM and Schlumberger data from Tres Virgenes in order to compare the resolving powers of these methods. Finally an imaging procedure based on smoothness constraints is being applied nowadays to characterize the geometry of the electric conductors under the Tres Virgenes hot springs. [Spanish] Se comentan los resultados de la aplicacion del modo de sondeo electromagnetico transitorio (TDEM) en tres zonas geotermicas, dando enfasis al trabajo realizado fuera de contrato por el Centro de Investigacion Cientifica y de Educacion Superior de Ensenada (CICESE), tanto en la aplicacion de otras tecnicas geofisicas como en el analisis posterior de los datos. Estos trabajos comprenden el levantamiento de perfiles electromagneticos con el metodo VLF (very low frequency) en Bahia Concepcion y de un perfil magnetotelurico en Puertecitos. En relacion con analisis de los datos, se implemento un algoritmo de evaluacion de modelos estratificados, usandose en sondeos de Bahia Concepcion. Esta tecnica se aplico a los datos TDEM y Schlumberger de Tres Virgenes para comparar sus poderes de resolucion. Finalmente, un procedimiento de construccion de imagenes de resistividad, basado en condiciones de suavidad, se esta aplicando actualmente a los datos de Tres Virgenes para caracterizar la geometria de los conductores electricos bajo las manifestaciones hidrotermales.

  17. Geology, Geochemistry and Re-Os systematics of manganese deposits from the Santa Rosalía Basin and adjacent areas in Baja California Sur, México

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    Del Rio Salas, R.; Ruiz, J.; Ochoa-Landín, L.; Noriega, O.; Barra, F.; Meza-Figueroa, D.; Paz-Moreno, F.

    2008-06-01

    The manganese ores in the Santa Rosalía region, western Mexico, are mainly stratiform horizons or mantos, constrained to the initial stages of sedimentary cycles of the Miocene Boléo Formation. The manganese mineralization is generally restricted to isolated paleo-basins and related to NW-SE faults formed during the early stages of the opening of the Gulf of California. Jasper, Fe, and Mn oxides associated to the NW-SE structures may represent feeder zones for the mineralized system. The manganese oxide minerals include pyrolusite, cryptomelane, todorokite, hollandite, jacobsite, and pyrochroite. Trace elements in the manganese ores indicate a hydrothermal origin for the deposits of the Santa Rosalía area. Rare earth elements (REE) patterns obtained for manganese minerals from the Lucifer and El Gavilán deposits also support a hydrothermal origin, whereas the middle REE enrichment observed in samples from the Boléo district indicates mixing between hydrothermal and hydrogenous sources. Osmium and rhenium concentrations of the manganese minerals range between 33-173 ppt and 0.14-89 ppb, respectively. The initial 187Os/188Os ratios in the manganese oxides from Lucifer and the Boléo district range between 0.43 to 0.51 and 0.70 to 0.74, respectively. These ratios are different from seawater at 7 Ma (0.84-0.89), which suggests important contributions of osmium from underlying rocks such as the Miocene volcanic rocks and the Cretaceous quartz-monzonite basement. Field evidence, manganese oxide mineralogy coupled with major and trace element geochemistry and Re-Os systematics support a hydrothermal origin for the manganese deposits from the Santa Rosalía region. The ore deposition style indicates an exhalative-intraformational environment restricted to isolated basins in a diagenetic stage related to the initial evolution of the Gulf of California.

  18. Trace Elements in the Marine Sediments of the La Paz Lagoon, Baja California Peninsula, Mexico: Pollution Status in 2013.

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    Pérez-Tribouillier, Habacuc; Shumilin, Evgueni; Rodríguez-Figueroa, Griselda Margarita

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    To determine the actual concentrations of trace elements in surface sediments from the La Paz Lagoon, as well as their associations and possible origins, 91 sediment samples were analyzed for more than 50 elements using a combination of ICP-MS and ICP-AES. The results of a principal component analysis are used to distinguish four associative groups within the elements. Natural enrichment of As, Cd and U occurs due to the supply of weathered phosphorites from the El Cien formation located to the north-west of the lagoon. Sediment quality indices for potentially toxic trace elements do not show any probable impact on the biota of the lagoon. Only the concentrations of As in 30 % of the stations and Cu in 20 % of them exceed related effect range low levels. The highest concentration of Pb (36.8 mg kg(-1)) was measured in the sediments near the City of La Paz. PMID:25773702

  19. Vertical movement along the Cerro Prieto transform fault, Baja California, Mexico - a mechanism for geothermal energy renewal

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    Vonder Haar, S.; Noble, J.E.; Puente Cruz, I.

    1979-03-01

    Data from 53 geothermal wells to depths of 1 to 3 km on either side of the right-lateral Cerro Prieto fault, as well as geophysical data, indicate vertical displacements of this fault of 400 to 600 m. This episoidic vertical movement has offset deltaic sandstone reservoirs that are primarily at 1200 m and 1800 m depth and contain 250{sup 0} to 345{sup 0}C water. A major fracture system for convective fluid movement has been thus maintained, with production at 150 MW.

  20. Geogenic metal mobility in a coastal inlet impacted by cannery discharge, Magdalena Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

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    O'Shea, Beth; Capistrano, Christian; Lee, William

    2016-08-15

    Magdalena Bay is an important habitat for marine organisms, some of which have been the subject of metal bioaccumulation studies. Cannery waste is discharged into the bay providing a plausible source of contamination but this study finds that some metals occur geogenically. Bay sediments and rocks (n=59) were analyzed for total metals and clustered (HCA) into two distinct groups with PCA indicating concentrations of Cr, Cu, Mn, and Ni influenced samples near ophiolite outcrops, which reported some metal concentrations exceeding averages in the crust by an order of magnitude (up to 4450ppm Cr and 1269ppm Ni). Metals at the cannery are rarely elevated above crustal averages except Zn (max. 160ppm), however, acid-extracted Zn was below recommended sediment quality guidelines in contrast to 80% of ophiolitic samples reporting Ni extractability exceeding such guidelines. This study raises awareness of geogenic metals when considering sources of contamination in marine environments. PMID:27251444

  1. New Technologies and Learning Environments: A Perspective from Formal and Non-Formal Education in Baja California, Mexico

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    Zamora, Julieta Lopez; Reynaga, Francisco Javier Arriaga

    2010-01-01

    This paper presents results of two research works, the first approaches non-formal education and the second addresses formal education. In both studies in-depth interview techniques were used. There were some points of convergence between them on aspects such as the implementation of learning environments and the integration of ICT. The interview…

  2. The supra-detachment tectono-sedimentary record of rifted margins: the example of the Los Barriles Basin, SE Baja California Sur.

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    Masini, Emmanuel; Robin, Cécile; Geoffroy, Laurent; Strzerzynski, Pierre

    2010-05-01

    The study of rifted margins have shown that the main controlling structures are changing from classical high-angle faults to low-angle detachment fault dominated extension when the crust thins to less than 10 km, which is the case in hyper-extended, magma-poor rifted margins. While the stratigraphic record related to classical high-angle faulting is well constrained, little is known about the tectono-sedimentary evolution of hyper-extended rift systems. A major question remains, how supra-detachment tectono-sedimentary systems are recorded in the stratigraphic record? This remains largely unexplored and must be better constrained by observations. In our poster, we present preliminary results from our study of a rift basin floored by a low-angle detachment system exposed at the southeastern edge of the Baja California Peninsula in the so-called Los Barriles area in the Gulf of California. This area represents one of the best examples of an active transtensional rift system from which the tectono-sedimentary evolution of the rift to drift transition can be studied in the field. The syn-tectonic sedimentary sequence is floored by a detachment fault and is limited oceanward by an extensional allochthon. The syn- to post-tectonic stratigraphy can be summarized into 4 main formations: (1) The Pescadero fluvial fm. (no available ages) evolves upsection from poorly organized polymictic in components and faulted breccias to more granitic and stratified conglomerates. It overlies the extensional allochthon and is tilted continentwards. The channel incisions show EW paleoflows and the upper Pescadero fm. is transitional to the following Refugio fm. (2) The overlying Refugio fm. (Lower Pliocene) occurs as thick marine sandy deposits within the basin axis, is granitic in composition and has average paleocurrents directions trending N-S. The upper part of the fm. is transitional to the following Barriles fm. (3) The Barriles fm. (Upper Miocene - Lower Pleistocene) occurs as very

  3. First records of Eupompha imperialis (Wellman, 1912) (Coleoptera: Meloidae) in Mexico

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    López-Estrada, E. Karen; García-París, Mario

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    Three populations of Eupompha imperialis (Wellman, 1912) were located in the Mexican states of Baja California and Sonora, in close proximity to the Mexico-USA border. These populations represent the first records for E. imperialis in Mexico. The specimens were observed in sandy areas of the Sonoran Desert, associated with flowering Tiquilia palmeri (Boraginaceae). These new records suggest that, despite the rarity of some species of Eupomphini, further exploration of the northernmost areas o...

  4. Evaluación del impacto socioeconómico de la Reserva de la Biosfera Alto Golfo de California y Delta del Río Colorado en la actividad pesquera ribereña de San Felipe, Baja California, México

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    Carlos Israel Vázquez León; José Luis Fermán Almada

    2010-01-01

    Desde 1993 las comunidades de Puerto Peñasco y Golfo de Santa Clara, Sonora, y San Felipe, Baja California, en México, están vinculadas por la Reserva de la Biosfera Alto Golfo de California y Delta del Río Colorado; creada para proteger varias especies endémicas, entre ellas al mamífero conocido como vaquita marina (Phocoenasinus) y la totoaba (Totoaba macdonaldii).Aquí se analiza el efecto socioeconómico que en la pesca de San Felipe tuvo en 1994 y 2002 la creación de la reserva; concebida ...

  5. A paleomagnetic investigation of vertical-axis rotations in coastal Sonora, Mexico: Evidence for distributed transtensional deformation during the Proto-Gulf shift from a subduction-dominated to transform-dominated plate boundary in the Gulf of California

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    Herman, Scott William

    The history of late Miocene (Proto-Gulf) deformation on the Sonoran margin of the Gulf of California is key to understanding how Baja California was captured by the Pacific plate and how strain was partitioned during the Proto-Gulf period (12.5-6 Ma). The Sierra el Aguaje and Sierra Tinajas del Carmen are located in southwestern coastal Sonora, Mexico, and represent the eastern rifted margin of the central Gulf of California. The ranges are composed of volcanic units and their corresponding volcaniclastic units which are the result of persistent magmatic activity between 20 and 8.8 Ma, including three packages of basalt and andesite that make excellent paleomagnetic recorders. Based on cross cutting relations and geochronologic data for pre-, syn-, and post-tectonic volcanic units, most of the faulting and tilting in the Sierra El Aguaje is bracketed between 11.9 and 9.0 Ma, thus falling entirely within Proto-Gulf time. A paleomagnetic investigation into possible vertical axis rotations in the Sierra el Aguaje has uncovered evidence of clockwise rotations between ~13º and ~105º with possible translations. These results are consistent with existing field relations, which suggest the presence of large (>45°) vertical axis rotations in this region. This evidence includes: a) abrupt changes in the strike of tilted strata in different parts of the range, including large domains characterized by E-W strikes b) ubiquitous NE-SW striking faults with left lateral-normal oblique slip, that terminate against major NW-trending right lateral faults, and c) obliquity between the general strike of tilted strata and the strike of faults. These rotations occurred after 12 Ma and largely prior to 9 Ma, thus falling into the Proto-Gulf period. Such large-scale rotations lend credence to the theory that the area inboard of Baja California was experiencing transtension during the Proto-Gulf period, rather than the pure extension that would be the result of strain partitioning

  6. 2010年墨西哥Baja Mw7.2地震与中国玉树Mw6.9地震强地震动特征的对比研究%Comparison on characteristics of strong ground motion from two earthquakes with similar Mw : the Baja, Mexico, Mw7.2 and Yushu, China, Mw6.9 earthquake in 2010

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    孟令媛; 史保平

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    The 4 April 2010 Mw7. 2 Baja, Mexico, earthquake occurred in northern Baja California at shallow depth along the principal plate boundary between North American and Pacific plates, and two people were killed in the Mexicalia area. The 14 April 2010 Mw6. 9 Yushu, China, earthquake occurred as a result of strike-slip faulting in tectonically complex region of the eastern Qingzang plateau. At least 2 220 people were killed in Yushu area till April 25, 2010. International media reports of such kind of disasters by Yushu earthquake is resulted from poor building structure design comparing with Mexicalia area. In fact, although the moment magnitude of Yushu event is similar to the Baja event, the radiated seismic energy from Yushu fault dynamic rupture is almost 10 times of the Baja earthquake, resulting stronger near-fault ground motions. In this paper, two special finite fault models with the same size in fault length and width are constructed to simulate the near-fault strong ground motions for comparison study. The fault slip distributions on both faults are generated based on a dynamical composite source model, in which the subevent-source-function is described by Brune's pulse. Our result shows that the near-field peak ground accelerations (PGAs) and peak ground velocities (PGVs) on bed rocks from Yushu event are almost twice as that from Baja event. Moreover, if the shallow velocity structures (V30, average shear-velocity down to 30 m) are considered in the strong motion simulation, the resultant PGAs and PGVs from Yushu event are also twice as that from Baja event. Therefore, the radiated seismic energy plays a significant role in determining the levels of strong ground motions, in which stronger ground accelerations usually cause much more property damages on the ground. The source rupture dynamics related to the frictional overshoot and undershoot is discussed and used to constrain source parameters such as the static stress drop and dynamic stress drop. It

  7. On two Psolidae (Echinodermata: Holothuroidea from the Gulf of California, Mexico Dos Psolidae (Echinodermata: Holothuroidea del golfo de California, México

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    Claude Massin

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Two species of holothuroids of the family Psolidae have been collected in the Gulf of California, Mexico. Psolus diomedeae Ludwig, 1894, a species previously known from the Pacific coast of Mexico and abundant in the Gulf of California was collected in 3 stations, in a depth range of 58 to 260 m. Lissothuria hancocki (Deichmann, 1941, previously reported for the California Current and the Gulf of California, was collected in one station at 260 m depth, together with P. diomedeae.Se recolectaron 2 especies de holotúridos de la familia Psolidae en el golfo de California, México. Psolus diomedeae Ludwig, 1894, una especie previamente registrada en el Pacífico mexicano y abundante en el golfo de California fue encontrada en 3 estaciones, en un intervalo batimétrico de 58 a 260 m. Lissothuria hancocki (Deichmann, 1941, citada previamente para la zona de la corriente de California y en el golfo de California, fue recolectada en una estación, a 260 m de profundidad, junto con P. diomedeae.

  8. Baja transfer by partial coupling with the Pacific plate

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    Plattner, C.; Malservisi, R.; Govers, R.; Iaffaldano, G.

    2008-12-01

    The Baja California (BAJA) microplate was ruptured from the North American (NAM) plate ~ 12 Ma ago and since then translated with the Pacific (PAC) plate. The microplates' transport mechanism has been explained by partial coupling with the PAC plate. According to this theory, the young oceanic lithosphere from the Farallon-Pacific spreading center approaching North America was too buoyant to be subducted. Therefore a zone of increased lithospheric coupling developed between the partially subducted Farallon slabs and the overlying NAM margin. In consequence both, the subduction and the seafloor spreading slowed down and ceased. With the development of this coupling region west of BAJA the main PAC-NAM plate boundary jumped into the NAM continent, east of BAJA. After a phase of distributed extension in the the Protogulf region the new plate boundary localized along the Gulf of California. We use a numerical modeling technique to test the dynamic conditions of BAJA transport as seen from present-day and from geologic plate motion studies. Using the kinematic data we test the necessary coupling forces for BAJA transport, as well as, geometrical constraints along the PAC-BAJA coupling zone. Evaluating the transport conditions at different stages of the plate boundary evolution we want to learn about necessary pre-conditions for the BAJA transfer, in particular along the Gulf of California.

  9. Incorporating Cutting Edge Scientific Results from the Margins-Geoprisms Program into the Undergraduate Curriculum, Rupturing Continental Lithosphere Part II: Introducing Euler Poles Using Baja-North America Relative Plate Motion Across the Gulf of California

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    Loveless, J. P.; Bennett, S. E. K.; Cashman, S. M.; Dorsey, R. J.; Goodliffe, A. M.; Lamb, M. A.

    2014-12-01

    The NSF-MARGINS Program funded a decade of research on continental margin processes. The NSF-GeoPRISMS Mini-lesson Project, funded by NSF-TUES, is designed to integrate the significant findings from the MARGINS program into open-source college-level curriculum. The Gulf of California (GOC) served as the focus site for the Rupturing Continental Lithosphere (RCL) initiative, which addressed several scientific questions: What forces drive rift initiation, localization, propagation and evolution? How does deformation vary in time and space, and why? How does crust evolve, physically and chemically, as rifting proceeds to sea-floor spreading? What is the role of sedimentation and magmatism in continental extension? We developed two weeks of curriculum, including lectures, labs, and in-class activities that can be used as a whole or individually. This component of the curriculum introduces students to the Euler pole description of relative plate motion (RPM) by examining the tectonic interactions of the Baja California microplate and North American plate. The plate boundary varies in rift obliquity along strike, from highly oblique and strike-slip dominated in the south to slightly less oblique and with a larger extensional component in the north. This Google Earth-based exercise provides students with a visualization of RPM using small circle contours of the local direction and magnitude of Baja-North America movement on a spherical Earth. Students use RPM to calculate the fault slip rates on transform, normal, and oblique-slip faults and examine how the varying faulting styles combine to accommodate RPM. MARGINS results are integrated via comparison of rift obliquity with the structural style of rift-related faults around the GOC. We find this exercise to fit naturally into courses about plate tectonics, geophysics, and especially structural geology, given the similarity between Euler pole rotations and stereonet-based rotations of structural data.

  10. Juventud, readaptación y sueños truncados: Centro de Diagnóstico para Adolescentes de Tijuana, Baja California

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    María Ruth Velázquez Gutiérrez; Jesús Méndez Reyes

    2015-01-01

    la violencia no es un problema de pobreza o marginación; se vincula al deterioro de condi-ciones de vida, desintegración familiar y bajas expectativas de adolescentes y jóvenes en elfuturo.este abandono los orilla a conductas antisociales tipificadas en delincuencia juvenily su reclusión en el sistema penitenciario entijuana.el estudio sitúa en perspectiva las me-didas instrumentadas en elcentro de Diagnóstico paraadolescentes detijuana y sugierecambios en las prácticas de reinserción, por lo...

  11. Microstructural and seismic properties of the upper mantle underneath a rifted continental terrane (Baja California): An example of sub-crustal mechanical asthenosphere?

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    Palasse, L.N.; Vissers, R.L.M.; Paulssen, H.; Basu, A.R.; Drury, M.R.

    2012-01-01

    The Gulf of California rift is a young and active plate boundary that links the San Andreas strike-slip fault system in California to the oceanic spreading system of the East Pacific Rise. The xenolith bearing lavas of the San Quintin volcanic area provide lower crust and upper mantle samples from b

  12. Lagoon microbialites on Isla Angel de la Guarda and associated peninsular shores, Gulf of California (Mexico)

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    Johnson, Markes E.; Ledesma-Vázquez, Jorge; Backus, David H.; González, Maria R.

    2012-07-01

    Examples of two closed lagoons with extensive growth of Recent microbialites showing variable surface morphology and internal structure are found on Isla Angel de la Guarda in the Gulf of California. Comparable lagoonal microbialites also occur ashore from Ensenada El Quemado on the adjacent peninsular mainland of Baja California. The perimeters of all three lagoons feature crusted structures indicative of thrombolites with a knobby surface morphology 2 cm to 3 cm in relief and internal clotting without any sign of laminations. Outward from this zone, thrombolitic construction thins to merge with a white calcified crust below which a soft substratum of dark organic material 4 cm to 6 cm in thickness is concealed. The substratum is laminated and heavily mucilaginous, as observed along the edges of extensive shrinkage cracks in the overlying crust. The thrombolitic crust is anchored to the shore, while the thinner crust and associated stromatolitic mats float on the surface of the lagoons. Laboratory cultures of the dark organic material yielded the solitary cyanobacterium Chroococcidiopsis as the predominant taxon interspersed with filamentous forms. In decreasing order of abundance, other morphotypes present include Phormidium, Oscillatoria, Geitlerinema, Chroococus, and probably Spirulina. The larger of the two island lagoons follows an east-west azimuth and covers 0.225 km2, while the smaller lagoon has a roughly north-south axis and covers only 0.023 km2. The salinity of water in the smaller lagoon was measured as148 ppt. Pliocene strata along the edge of the smaller modern lagoon include siltstone bearing calcified platelets suggestive of a microbial origin. Dry lagoons abandoned during the later Quaternary occur inland at higher elevations on the island, but retain no fossils except for sporadic white crusts cemented on cobbles around distinct margins. Raised Quaternary lagoons parallel to the big lagoon on Isla Angel de la Guarda are partly obscured by flood

  13. Daily food intake of Kajikia audax (Philippi, 1887 off Cabo San Lucas, Gulf of California, Mexico Tasa de consumo diario de alimento de Kajikia audax (Philippi, 1887 frente a Cabo San Lucas, golfo de California, México

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    Leonardo A Abitia-Cárdenas

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    Full Text Available The daily food intake rates of the striped marlin, Kajikia audax (Perciformes: Istiophoridae, were estimated using qualitative and quantitative analyses of their trophic spectrum. We analyzed the stomach contents of 505 striped marlin caught by the sport fishing fleet off Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico, sampled from October 1987 through December 1989. The most important preys were chub mackerel (Scomber japonicus, California pilchard (Sardinops caeruleus, and jumbo squid (Dosidicus gigas; together these represented ~55% of the striped marlin diet. The daily food consumption was estimated to be 2 kg per day, or ~3.6% of the mean body weight of K. audax. The total biomass of the prey consumed by the striped marlin during the 27 months of sampling around Los Cabos was estimated at 24.8 ton, of which the chub mackerel represented ~29% (7.2 ton, California pilchard just under 16% (3.9 ton, and jumbo squid ~10% (2.5 ton. The feeding habits of K. audax are discussed in terms of the distribution of the epipelagic (neritic and oceanic zones, demersal, and benthic prey, confirming that striped marlin migrate vertically and horizontally in search of their food.Se estimó la tasa de consumo diario de alimento del marlín rayado Kajikia audax (Perciformes: Istiophoridae, sobre la base de análisis cualitativos y cuantitativos de su espectro trófico. Se analizó el contenido estomacal de 505 ejemplares capturados por la flota deportiva frente a Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, México muestreados de octubre 1987 a diciembre 1989. Las presas más importantes fueron la macarela del Pacífico (Scomber japonicus, sardina monterrey (Sardinops caeruleus y calamar gigante (Dosidicus gigas, que en conjunto representaron aproximadamente el 55% de la dieta. La tasa de consumo de alimento fue estimado en 2 kg diarios, lo cual representó aproximadamente el 3,6% del peso corporal de K. audax. La biomasa total de presas consumidas por el marlín rayado

  14. Avifauna de la selva baja caducifolia en la cañada del río Sabino, Oaxaca, México Avifauna of the tropical dry forest in the Sabino Canyon, Oaxaca, Mexico

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    Leopoldo Vázquez

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    Full Text Available Se describe la avifauna de la selva baja caducifolia del cañón del río Sabino, Oaxaca, al sureste de la Reserva de la Biosfera Tehuacán-Cuicatlán y compara la similitud de la avifauna de la Reserva con la de otras regiones con selvas bajas en México. El trabajo se realizó entre junio de 2005 y octubre de 2006, registrando 113 especies pertenecientes a 13 órdenes y 34 familias; 6 especies son muy abundantes, 10 abundantes, 20 comunes, 32 poco comunes y 37 raras; 79 de las especies registradas fueron residentes, 28 visitantes invernales, 2 visitantes de verano, 3 transitorias y 5 residentes con movimientos estacionales; 15 especies son endémicas a México y 23 están dentro de alguna categoría de riesgo. La avifauna estudiada representa una mezcla de especies características de la cuenca del Balsas, las vertientes pacífica y atlántica y los ambientes montanos y áridos del centro de México. Por su composición específica la avifauna estudiada se relacionó con las avifaunas de la cuenca del Balsas. La selva baja del cañón del Sabino es prioritaria para la conservación debido a su riqueza en especies endémicas y a la presencia una colonia reproductora de la guacamaya verde, Ara militaris, especie globalmente amenazada.This study describes the birds of the tropical dry forest in Sabino Canyon, Oaxaca, in the southeastern part of the Tehuacán-Cuicatlán biosphere reserve. Field work was conducted between June 2005 and October 2006. A total of 113 species belonging to 13 orders and 34 families were recorded. Six species were classified as very abundant, 10 as abundant, 20 as common, 32 as uncommon, and 37 as rare; 79 species were permanent residents, 28 were winter visitors, 2 summer visitors, 3 transients, and 5 were local migrants; 15 species were classified as endemic to Mexico, and 23 are threatened. The bird composition of Sabino Canyon mainly resembles the avifauna the Balsas river basin. The avifauna of the tropical dry

  15. Juventud, readaptación y sueños truncados: Centro de Diagnóstico para Adolescentes de Tijuana, Baja California

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    Full Text Available la violencia no es un problema de pobreza o marginación; se vincula al deterioro de condi-ciones de vida, desintegración familiar y bajas expectativas de adolescentes y jóvenes en elfuturo.este abandono los orilla a conductas antisociales tipificadas en delincuencia juvenily su reclusión en el sistema penitenciario entijuana.el estudio sitúa en perspectiva las me-didas instrumentadas en elcentro de Diagnóstico paraadolescentes detijuana y sugierecambios en las prácticas de reinserción, por lo menos en lo educativo.el ejercicio se apoya enentrevistas con adolescentes recluidos para entender y explicar mejor este fenómeno.

  16. Geodatabase of the available top and bottom surface datasets that represent the Basin and Range basin-fill aquifers, Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and Utah

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This geodatabase includes spatial datasets that represent the Basin and Range basin-fill aquifers in the States of Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico,...

  17. Daño genético y exposición a plaguicidas en trabajadores agrícolas del Valle de San Quintín, Baja California, México Genetic damage and exposure to pesticides among agricultural workers from Valle de San Quintín, Baja California, México Danos genéticos e exposição a pesticidas em trabalhadores agrícolas do Vale San Quintin, Baixa California, México

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    J. Claudia Leyva Aguilera

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Diferentes estudios muestran la capacidad de los plaguicidas para inducir daño genético (DG con diversos efectos en la salud. En el presente trabajo se estudia la genotoxicidad en residentes del valle agrícola de San Quintín, Baja California, México (VSQ. El objetivo fue determinar si la exposición laboral y ambiental a plaguicidas en la región del VSQ es un factor de DG y explorar si las mujeres son más vulnerables a dicho efecto. Se aplicó un cuestionario a 88 residentes del VSQ para determinar los factores de inclusión y exclusión del estudio, 40 aceptaron participar, 25 expuestos ocupacionalmente a plaguicidas y 15 ambientalmente expuestos, con similar número de hombres y mujeres. Todos los participantes firmaron un consentimiento informado. Se utilizó la técnica de micronúcleos (MN por bloqueo de la citocinesis en sangre periférica para evaluar el DG con la frecuencia de MN y Puentes de Cromatina en 1000 células binucleadas (CBN; se exploró la correlación del DG con el tiempo de exposición ocupacional a plaguicidas. Los hombres ambientalmente expuestos tuvieron menos DG que las mujeres con medias de MN de 8,1 (±1,83 y 13,1 (±1,7 respectivamente; en cambio, la exposición laboral afectó a los dos sexos: los hombres tuvieron una media de MN igual a 15,9 (±2,9 y en las mujeres fue 18,1 (±1,7. Se concluye que la exposición laboral a plaguicidas es un factor de DG, las mujeres mostraron mayor vulnerabilidad al DG. El tiempo de exposición laboral se relaciona directamente con el aumento del número de MN.Various studies have shown the ability of pesticides to induce genetic damage (GD that can cause health effects. In the present work, a genotoxicological study was conducted monitoring residents from the agricultural region of the San Quintin Valley (SQV, Baja California, Mexico. The objective was to determine if occupational and environmental exposure to pesticides in the region of the SQV is a factor in GD, and to

  18. Local district constituencies and representation inequality. Baja California’s situation, 1992-2004

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    Leopoldo Martínez Herrera

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Regardless of the reformist advancements of the election system, there are still unresolved issues. In the case of Mexico and in the midst of a debate on our transition process we place the issue of district overrepresentation, wich by generating multiple effects configures a point of deep discussion thus concerning the system of representation, the integration of the house of representatives, the parties system and above all it puts a debate on the following premise: "a vote per citizen", that is, the principle of equalness in democracy, which translated to the field of elections means, as Bovero stated, assigning an equal-valve decition quota to each citizen. In the case of Baja California, our purpose is to demonstrate that the issues related to the deficient district representation, the integration of the parties within the house of representatives, and as a consequence the athrophy of the parties system continue to be an actual problem on this transition process that haven't been able to trascend the margins of regional and local dynamics of politics and power. This study includes an analysis of territorial-demography of legislative representation of Baja California, taking as a reference all research undertaken on similar phenomena by Diego Reynoso, FLACSO researcher.

  19. La academia y el sector productivo en Baja California. Los actores y su capacidad de vinculación para la producción, difusión y trasferencia del conocimiento y la innovación

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    Minerva Celaya Tentori

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available En el artículo se analizan las capacidades de vinculación de las instituciones de educación superior y los centros científicos de Baja California con el sector productivo, enfocadas a incentivar los procesos de producción, difundir y trasferir conocimiento, promover la innovación, así como generar la competitividad de las empresas ahí localizadas. Se parte de la perspectiva teórica de Edith Penrose (1980 sobre el llamado resource-based view, donde las capacidades y recursos son elementos esenciales para el desarrollo de las empresas en una región, ya que funcionan como base para apropiar, sistematizar, divulgar y aplicar conocimiento científico nuevo, y así generar innovación. Se busca identificar las condiciones que permiten que la cooperación entre las empresas y las universidades se produzca de manera regular, formal y continua. Para la operacionalización de esta teoría, las autoras se apoyan en el trabajo realizado por Araya y Chaparro (2005 sobre las capacidades de vinculación de instituciones educativas en Chile.

  20. Public Outreach and Educational Experiences in Mexico and Latin American communities in California

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    Andres De Leo-Winkler, Mario; Canalizo, Gabriela; Pichardo, Barbara; Arias, Brenda

    2015-08-01

    I have created and applied diverse methods in public outreach at National Autonomous Univerisity of Mexico (UNAM) since 2001.A student-led volunteer astronomical club has been created, the biggest in Mexico. We serve over 10,000 people per year. We have created public outreach activities for the general audience: archeo-astronomical outings, scientific movie debates, conferences, courses, public telescope viewings. We have also worked with juvenile delinquents to offer them scientific opportunities when released from jail.I've also created and worked the social media for the Institute of Astronomy UNAM, which is currently the biggest social media site on astronomy in Spanish in the world. I've created and organized a mass photo exhibition (over 1 million people served) for the Institute of Astronomy, UNAM which was citizen-funded through an online platform, the first of its kind in the country. Together with my colleages, we created workshops on astronomy for children with the Mexican's government funding.I've participated in several radio and television programs/capsules designed to bring astronomy to the general audience, one in particular ("Astrophysics for Dummies") was very successful in nation-wide Mexican radio.I am currently applying all experiences to develop a new public outreach project on astronomy for the University of California - Riverside and its on-campus and surrounding Latin American communities. We are offering new workshops for blind and deaf children. We want to integrate the Latino community to our outreach activities and offer science in their language in a simple and entertaining fashion. We have also successfully applied astrophotography as a course which brings social-science and arts undergraduate students into natural sciences.Sharing experiences, success and failure stories will help new and experienced educators and public outreach professionals learn and better from past experiences.

  1. Source Functions and Path Effects from Earthquakes in the Farallon Transform Fault Region, Gulf of California, Mexico that Occurred on October 2013

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    Castro, Raúl R.; Stock, Joann M.; Hauksson, Egill; Clayton, Robert W.

    2016-07-01

    We determined source spectral functions, Q and site effects using regional records of body waves from the October 19, 2013 (M w = 6.6) earthquake and eight aftershocks located 90 km east of Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico. We also analyzed records from a foreshock with magnitude 3.3 that occurred 47 days before the mainshock. The epicenters of this sequence are located in the south-central region of the Gulf of California (GoC) near and on the Farallon transform fault. This is one of the most active regions of the GoC, where most of the large earthquakes have strike-slip mechanisms. Based on the distribution of the aftershocks, the rupture propagated northwest with a rupture length of approximately 27 km. We calculated 3-component P- and S-wave spectra from ten events recorded by eleven stations of the Broadband Seismological Network of the GoC (RESBAN). These stations are located around the GoC and provide good azimuthal coverage (the average station gap is 39°). The spectral records were corrected for site effects, which were estimated calculating average spectral ratios between horizontal and vertical components (HVSR method). The site-corrected spectra were then inverted to determine the source functions and to estimate the attenuation quality factor Q. The values of Q resulting from the spectral inversion can be approximated by the relations Q_{P} = 48.1 ± 1.1 f^{0.88 ± 0.04} and Q_{S} = 135.4 ± 1.1 f^{0.58 ± 0.03} and are consistent with previous estimates reported by Vidales-Basurto et al. (Bull Seism Soc Am 104:2027-2042, 2014) for the south-central GoC. The stress drop estimates, obtained using the ω2 model, are below 1.7 MPa, with the highest stress drops determined for the mainshock and the aftershocks located in the ridge zone. We used the values of Q obtained to recalculate source and site effects with a different spectral inversion scheme. We found that sites with low S-wave amplification also tend to have low P-wave amplification, except

  2. Fetal mummification in silky shark (Carcharhinus falciformis from the Gulf of California, Mexico

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    Jonathan Sandoval-Castillo

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this work was the description of fetal mummification in silky shark. During July of 2001 in Santa Maria fishing camp, Gulf of California Mexico, fourteen pregnant female of silky sharks were captured. In all of them the embryos were found to be dehydrated. However, total observations were possible in only two litters. Six embryos in each analyzed litters were found. All the embryos were mummified, complete and without maceration. Because the litters were totally mummificated in several females, it was suggested that fetal mummification was produced by the environmental condition.A mumificação fetal é caracterizada pela desidatração de embriões mortos dentro do útero da mãe. A perda de embriões pode afetar a sustentabilidade da população explorada, tornando o estudo deste fenômeno de suma importância. Em Julho de 2001 quatorze femeas grávidas do tubarão lombo preto foram capituradas durante uma amostragem no campo pesqueiro de Santa Maria, Golfo de California, México. Todas as fêmeas capturadas apresentaram embriões mumificados. Infelizmente, observações detalhadas dos embriões foram possíveis em apenas duas fêmeas. Cada fêmea analizada apresentava seis embriões, todos completamente mumificados e sem maceração. Embriões completamente mumificados foram encontrados em muitas fêmeas, o que sugere que a mumificação fetal desses embriões pode ter sido causada por condições ambientais.

  3. "Edificar en desiertos". Los informes de Fray Vicente de Mora sobre Baja California en 1777 (Edición e introducción)

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    Bernabéu Albert, Salvador

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    El texto que presentamos fue escrito por el presidente de las misiones dominicas, Fray Vicente Mora, fechado en Loreto el 14 y 20 de febrero de 1777. Es una respuesta a las graves acusaciones realizadas por el gobernador de California, Felipe de Neve, ante el virrey Bucareli de incumplimiento de las órdenes sobre creación de pueblos que dejó Gálvez durante su visita. Los argumentos y anécdotas que hilvana el padre Mora conforman un rico caudal de información sobre unos años poco conocidos de ...

  4. Estudio preliminar del sistema reproductor del Calamar Gigante del Golfo de Baja California Dosidicus gigas (D'Orbigny, 1935) Mollusca: Cephalopoda

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    Ochoa Báez, Rosa Isabel

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    El calamar gigante del Golfo California es un recurso potencial de gran importancia para México. Como base para estudiar el ciclo de madurez gonadal, se describe el sistema reproductor de ejemplares colectados durante 1980. En las hembras existe un ovario, un par de glándulas nidamentales y un par de glándulas nidamentales accesorias; en su histología presenta ovocitos de diversos estadios de maduración con células foliculares en cordones. La maduración avanzada coincide con la presencia de p...

  5. Aislamiento de Microsatélites y flujo Genético en Dosidicus Gigas (D'Orbigny, 1835) entre el Golfo de California y La Costa Occidental de La Península de Baja California, México

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    Millán, A.M.

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    El calamar gigante, Dosidicus gigas (D'Orbigny, 1835) es una especie semioceánica y nerítica endémica del Pacífico Oriental, distribuida desde el norte de California E.U.A (43º N) hasta el sur de Chile (20°S), incluyendo el Golfo de California. Habita aguas desde la superficie hasta 1000 metros de profundad. Particularmente dentro del Golfo de California (México), es considerado uno de los recursos pesqueros más importantes, sin embargo el manejo de la pesquería de éste cefalóp...

  6. First assessment of low- to medium-temperature geothermal reserves in 20 Mexican states; Primera estimacion de las reservas geotermicas de temperatura intermedia a baja en veinte estados de Mexico

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    Iglesias, Eduardo R.; Torres, Rodolfo J. [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Gerencia de Geotermia, Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico)]. E-mail: iglesias@iie.org.mx

    2009-07-15

    A first, partial, assessment is included of the low- to medium-temperature geothermal reserves in 20 Mexican States and their aggregate value. The assessment covers about 29.16% of the identified geothermal-surface manifestations in the public database. For reserve assessments, we use the volumetric method, supplemented with Montecarlo simulations and statistics, to quantify inherent uncertainties. Our estimations are presented on a state-by-state basis. We estimate the aggregated reserves of the 20 states as between 7.7 x 1016 and 8.6 x 1016 kJ, with 90% confidence. The most likely reservoir temperatures range between 60-180 degrees Celsius, with a mean of 111 degrees Celsius. Such massive amounts of recoverable energy-and the associated temperatures-are potentially important for the economic development of nearby localities and the nation. [Spanish] En este trabajo se hace una primera estimacion, parcial, de las reservas geotermicas de temperatura intermedia a baja de Mexico. La estimacion incluye 29.16% de las manifestaciones geotermicas identificadas en la base de datos publica utilizada. Para estimar las reservas se utilizo el metodo de volumen, suplementado con simulaciones por el metodo de Montecarlo, con el fin de cuantificar las incertidumbres inherentes. Las estimaciones se presentan estado por estado. Estos resultados indican que las reservas agregadas de los 20 estados considerados estan entre 7.7 x 1016 y 8.6 x 1016 kJ, con 90% de confianza. La distribucion de las temperaturas de yacimiento mas probables varia entre aproximadamente 60 y 180 grados centigrados, con un valor medio de 111 grados centigrados. La enorme magnitud de estas reservas, y sus temperaturas asociadas, son potencialmente importantes para el desarrollo economico de las poblaciones ubicadas en su cercania.

  7. Differential Effects of Migration and Deportation on HIV Infection among Male and Female Injection Drug Users in Tijuana, Mexico

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    Strathdee, Steffanie A; Lozada, Remedios; Ojeda, Victoria D.; Pollini, Robin A.; Brouwer, Kimberly C.; Vera, Alicia; Cornelius, Wayne; Nguyen, Lucie; Magis-Rodriguez, Carlos; PATTERSON, THOMAS L.; ,

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    HIV prevalence is rising, especially among high risk females in Tijuana, Baja California, a Mexico-US border city situated on major migration and drug trafficking routes. We compared factors associated with HIV infection among male and female injection drug users (IDUs) in Tijuana in an effort to inform HIV prevention and treatment programs. IDUs aged ≥18 years were recruited using respondent-driven sampling and underwent testing for HIV, syphilis and structured interviews. Logistic regressio...

  8. Exploring scenarios of light pollution from coastal development reaching sea turtle nesting beaches near Cabo Pulmo, Mexico

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    VERUTES, GREGORY M.; Charles Huang; Ricardo Rodríguez Estrella; Kara Loyd

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    New coastal development may offer economic benefits to resort builders and even local communities, but these projects can also impact local ecosystems, key wildlife, and the draw for tourists. We explore how light from Cabo Cortés, a proposed coastal development in Baja California Sur, Mexico, may alter natural light cues used by sea turtle hatchlings. We adapt a viewshed approach to model exterior light originating from the resort under plausible zoning scenarios. This spatially explicit inf...

  9. Capacidad de carga turÍstica como base para el manejo sustentable de actividades ecoturísticas en Unidades de Manejo Ambiental (UMA de Baja California Sur (BCS

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    Reyna Ibañez Pérez

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    Full Text Available Existen zonas ejidales con UMA ́s, que desean incursionar en el turismo alternativo; tal es el caso del Nuevo Centro Poblacional Ejidal (NCPE, Ley Federal de Aguas Número 3, que se extiende a tres municipios de Baja California Sur (BCS, posee una UMA y se destaca por buscar opciones para reactivar su economía. En este trabajo se presentan los resultados de un estudio de Capacidad de Carga Turística (CCT, realizada en dos senderos de ese ejido, mediante la aplicación de la metodología de Cifuentes, que busca establecer el número máximo de visitas que puede recibir un área con base en sus condiciones físicas, biológicas y de manejo; cuya estimación, requirió de la revisión de censos de flora y fauna, de información geológica, climatológica, geográfica, ambiental, social, económica, turística, así como trabajo de campo. Los resultados indican que, en el NCPE, Ley Federal de Aguas Número 3, existen dos senderos con potencialidad turística para los cuales, se ha estimado una Capacidad de Carga Efectiva (CCE de 18 visitantes/día para el sendero del arroyo El Camarón y de 10 visitantes/día sendero del arroyo El Saucito. Las cifras anteriores, son un referente para el establecimiento de medidas de control de las visitas en ambos senderos

  10. Crecimiento económico, desarrollo sustentable y turismo: Una aproximación del posicionamiento de Baja California Sur (BCS en el Barómetro de Sustentabilidad

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    Reyna Ibáñez Pérez

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    Full Text Available Uno de los mayores anhelos de toda sociedad es alcanzar un nivel económico elevado; otro es el de tener la oportunidad de disfrutar eternamente de los servicios proporcionados por la madre naturaleza. Sin embargo, las tendencias indican que se experimenta un deterioro importante en el ambiente, a la par, de una elevada concentración de pobreza. Esto, aunado a la dependencia que algunas entidades y países han desarrollado en relación a actividades -como la turística- se ha convertido en una de las preocupaciones centrales de los gobiernos, el establecer mediciones para determinar si las pautas de crecimiento y desarrollo, van acorde con el cuidado del ambiente y el bienestar de las personas. Por ello, dentro de este artículo se analizan la evolución del crecimiento económico y posicionamiento de Baja California Sur (BCS -un estado con importante actividad turística- en el Barómetro de Sustentabilidad. En la introducción, se aprecia la evolución del concepto de crecimiento y desarrollo, para continuar con la caracterización de la zona de estudio. Posteriormente, se detalla la metodología empleada. Enseguida, se estudia la situación actual del sector turístico en BCS y la evolución del crecimiento y desarrollo económico. En el análisis de resultados, se describen los factores que ubican a BCS en un nivel Medio de sustentabilidad. Finalmente, se presentan algunas reflexiones en relación a los retos que en materia de turismo, crecimiento económico, desarrollo sustentable afronta BCS.

  11. Composición espacial y temporal de la avifauna de humedales pequeños costeros y hábitat adyacentes en el noroeste de Baja California, México

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    Full Text Available Se determinó la composición espacio-temporal de la avifauna en 13 humedales pequeños costeros del noroeste de Baja California entre febrero y diciembre de 2002. Se registraron 17,978 individuos pertenecientes a 187 especies, 121 géneros y 47 familias. Las familias con mayor número de especies fueron Anatidae (17, Scolopacidae (17 y Laridae (12. Los humedales con mayor riqueza específica fueron El Rosario (126, Santo Tomás (107 y La Misión (95, los cuales en conjunto incluyeron al 86% del total de especies observadas. Setenta y seis especies (41% fueron residentes permanentes, 73 (39% visitantes estacionales, y 38 (20% visitantes ocasionales. Con base en la presencia o ausencia de las especies se distinguen cuatro grupos de humedales: (a San Simón, (b La Salina, (c El Descanso-El Ciprés y (d un grupo de nueve sitios que está subdividido en dos ramas de cuatro y cinco localidades, respectivamente: (d.1 San Telmo-Santo Tomás-El Rosario-La Misión y (d.2 San Rafael-San Miguel- El Salado-Santo Domingo-Cantamar. La presencia o ausencia de un cuerpo de agua permanente, los tipos de hábitat y la presencia o ausencia de influencia antropogénica en cada localidad fueron los factores que contribuyeron al agrupamiento de estos humedales. La riqueza y abundancia de especies estuvieron correlacionadas con la diversidad de hábitats. Se documentaron evidencias de reproducción para 20 especies.

  12. Research and technological development on heat pumps in Mexico operating with geothermal energy; Investigacion y desarrollo tecnologico sobre bombas de calor en Mexico operando con energia geotermica

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    Garcia Gutierrez, Alfonso; Barragan Reyes, Rosa Maria; Arellano Gomez, Victor Manuel [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico)

    2008-07-01

    The Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas (IIE) and the Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) carried out in the past an extensive work of research and development (R&D) on heat pumps (HP). The systems tried on include heat pumps by mechanical compression, thermal absorption and thermal transformers. This paper briefly describes the main aspects of R&D on heat pumps and presents a more detailed description of three of the main studies: a) a Heat Pump (HP) by mechanical compression water-water type, designed for brine purification, operating with low pressure geothermal steam at the geothermal field Los Azufres, Michoacan, Mexico; b) a HP by absorption for cooling and refrigeration, operating with ammoniac/water and low enthalpy geothermal energy, which was tested in the geothermal fields of Los Azufres, Michoacan and Cerro Prieto, Baja California, and c) a thermal transformer by absorption, named Heat Pump by Absorption Type 2, which was tested to evaluate the behavior of diverse ternary solutions as working fluids. To date, there are plans to install and test a geothermal heat pump (connected to the subsoil), in Cerro Prieto, Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. [Spanish] El Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas (IIE) y la Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) realizaron un trabajo extenso de investigacion y desarrollo (I&D) sobre bombas de calor (BC) en el pasado. Los sistemas que se probaron incluyen bombas de calor por compresion mecanica, absorcion y transformadores termicos. Este trabajo describe brevemente los principales aspectos de I&D sobre bombas de calor y se da una descripcion mas detallada de tres de los principales estudios: a) una Bomba de Calor (BC) por compresion mecanica tipo agua-agua, disenada para purificacion de salmueras, operando con vapor geotermico de baja presion en el campo geotermico de Los Azufres, Michoacan; b) una BC por absorcion para enfriamiento y refrigeracion, operando con amoniaco/agua y energia geotermica de baja entalpia

  13. Precursory scale increase and long-term seismogenesis in California and Northern Mexico

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    D. Rhoades

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    Full Text Available A sudden increase in the scale of seismicity has occurred as a long-term precursor to twelve major earthquakes in California and Northern Mexico. These include all earthquakes along the San Andreas system during 1960-2000 with magnitude M ?6.4. The full list is as follows: Colorado Delta, 1966, M 6.3; Borrego Mt., 1968, M 6.5; San Fernando, 1971, M 6.6; Brawley, 1979, M 6.4; Mexicali, 1980, M 6.1; Coalinga, 1983, M 6.7; Superstition Hills, 1987, M 6.6; Loma Prieta, 1989, M 7.0; Joshua Tree, 1992, M 6.1; Landers, 1992, M 7.3; Northridge, 1994, M 6.6; Hector Mine, 1999, M 7.1. Such a Precursory Scale Increase ( was inferred from the modelling of long-term seismogenesis as a three-stage faulting process against a background of self-organised criticality. The location, onset-time and level of ? are predictive of the location, time and magnitude of the future earthquake. Precursory swarms, which occur widely in subduction regions, are a special form of ? ; the more general form is here shownto occur frequently in a region of continental transform. Other seismicity precursors, including quiescence and foreshocks, contribute to or modulate the increased seismicity that characterises ? . The area occupied by ? is small compared with those occupied by the seismicity precursors known as AMR, M8 and LURR. Further work is needed to formulate as a testable hypothesis, and to carry out the appropriate forecasting tests.

  14. Calculation of the Rate of M>6.5 Earthquakes for California and Adjacent Portions of Nevada and Mexico

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    Frankel, Arthur; Mueller, Charles

    2008-01-01

    One of the key issues in the development of an earthquake recurrence model for California and adjacent portions of Nevada and Mexico is the comparison of the predicted rates of earthquakes with the observed rates. Therefore, it is important to make an accurate determination of the observed rate of M>6.5 earthquakes in California and the adjacent region. We have developed a procedure to calculate observed earthquake rates from an earthquake catalog, accounting for magnitude uncertainty and magnitude rounding. We present a Bayesian method that corrects for the effect of the magnitude uncertainty in calculating the observed rates. Our recommended determination of the observed rate of M>6.5 in this region is 0.246 ? 0.085 (for two sigma) per year, although this rate is likely to be underestimated because of catalog incompleteness and this uncertainty estimate does not include all sources of uncertainty.

  15. Análisis de la sequía y desertificación mediante índices de aridez y estimación de la brecha hídrica en Baja California Sur, noroeste de México

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    Enrique Troyo Diéguez

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In Baja California Sur ( BCS , Mexico, dry-semi warm and warm climates prevail associated to an extreme trend of diurnal temperatures and the environmental dry-ness. In this State, the maximum summer t exceeds 40° C and the minimum varies from 5 to 12° C, with a minimal for the State of 2° C in winter, at the top of the Sierra de La Laguna; only Los Cabos region has a warm humid climate. Because precipitation in the state is low, oscillating from 310 mm in the southern area of the state to 120 mm per year in the northern portion, predictions and scenarios under climate conditions point to an intensification of droughts. The aim of this work was to carry out a comparative analysis of trends of temperature, precipitation and hydro-environmental aridity among contrasting localities of BCS, by means of the application of Aridity Indexes and the determination of the Standardized Water Gap (BHE, through a numerical scale modification of the De Martonne Index. With the values of temperature and precipitation for the different climate change scenarios for four weather stations, the indicators Hydro Environmental Availability Index (IDHA and Hydro Environmental Drought Index (ISHA were calculated to determine their trend and the consequent BHE , an innovative quantification of water deficit, which is proposed in this paper. The maximum value of BHE (10 units, indicating prevalence of drought, is observed from February to June in almost the entire state. Results suggest that BHE tend to increase and intensify under climate change conditions, which is more evident from the South towards the North of the State. According to the trends of the indexes IDHA, ISHA and BHE, under six scenarios of climatic change for four regions of BCS , BHE can be estimated with a major significance for the region Gustavo Díaz Ordaz-Vizcaíno, Mulegé County, in the North of the State, where may reach a value BHE max = 10 and BHE min = 7.23, values which suggest extreme

  16. Evaluación del impacto socioeconómico de la Reserva de la Biosfera Alto Golfo de California y Delta del Río Colorado en la actividad pesquera ribereña de San Felipe, Baja California, México

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    Carlos Israel Vázquez León

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    Full Text Available Desde 1993 las comunidades de Puerto Peñasco y Golfo de Santa Clara, Sonora, y San Felipe, Baja California, en México, están vinculadas por la Reserva de la Biosfera Alto Golfo de California y Delta del Río Colorado; creada para proteger varias especies endémicas, entre ellas al mamífero conocido como vaquita marina (Phocoenasinus y la totoaba (Totoaba macdonaldii.Aquí se analiza el efecto socioeconómico que en la pesca de San Felipe tuvo en 1994 y 2002 la creación de la reserva; concebida como un arreglo institucional de regulación pesquera, centrada en la protección ambiental y ecológica. La conclusión general es que deben incorporarse consideraciones socioeconómicas en el diseño de indicadores de eficiencia y evaluación para el éxito de la reserva territorial.

  17. A social relational approach to the conservation and management of fisheries: the rural communities of the Loreto Bay National Marine Park, BCS, Mexico

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    Ramirez-Sanchez, Saudiel

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    This dissertation uses a social relational approach to investigate the conditions under which resource users from seven rural coastal communities cooperate to access fish resources within and outside the limits of the Loreto Bay National Marine Park, Baja California Sur, Mexico. I use social network analysis methods to quantify the extent to which socially diverse and geographically distant individuals share information on the state/location of fish resources and fisheries regulations. The ma...

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    Focus in this discussion of Mexico is on the following: geography; the people; history; political conditions; the economy; foreign relations; and relations between the US and Mexico. As of July 1987, the population of Mexico numbered 81.9 million with an estimated annual growth rate of 2.09%. 60% of the population is Indian-Spanish (mestizo), 30% American Indian, 9% white, and 1% other. Mexico is the most populous Spanish-speaking country in the world and the 2nd most populous country in Latin America. Education is decentralized and expanded. Mexico's topography ranges from low desert plains and jungle-like coastal strips to high plateaus and rugged mountains. Hernan Cortes conquered Mexico in 1919-21 and founded a Spanish colony that lasted for almost 300 years. Independence from Spain was proclaimed by Father Miguel Hidalgo on September 16, 1810; the republic was established on December 6, 1822. Mexico's constitution of 1917 provides for a federal republic with a separation of powers into independent executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. Significant political themes of the administration of President Miguel de la Madrid Hurtado, who began his 6-year term in 1982, have been restructuring the economy, liberalizing trade practices, decentralizing government services, and eliminating corruption among public servants. In 1987, estimates put the real growth of the Mexican economy at 1.5%; the gross domestic product (GDP) had shrunk by 3.5% in 1986. Yet, on the positive side, Mexico's international reserves increased to record levels in 1987 (to about $15 billion), and its current account surplus reached more than $3 billion. Mexico has made considerable progress in moving to restructure its economy. It has substantially reduced impediments to international trade and has moved to reduce the number of parastatal firms. 1987 was the 2nd consecutive year in which Mexico recorded triple-digit inflation; inflation reached 158.8%. Other problems include

  19. A checklist of helminth parasites of Elasmobranchii in Mexico

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    Merlo-Serna, Aldo Iván; García-Prieto, Luis

    2016-01-01

    Abstract A comprehensive and updated summary of the literature and unpublished records contained in scientific collections on the helminth parasites of the elasmobranchs from Mexico is herein presented for the first time. At present, the helminth fauna associated with Elasmobranchii recorded in Mexico is composed of 132 (110 named species and 22 not assigned to species), which belong to 70 genera included in 27 families (plus 4 incertae sedis families of cestodes). These data represent 7.2% of the worldwide species richness. Platyhelminthes is the most widely represented, with 128 taxa: 94 of cestodes, 22 of monogeneans and 12 of trematodes; Nematoda and Annelida: Hirudinea are represented by only 2 taxa each. These records come from 54 localities, pertaining to 15 states; Baja California Sur (17 sampled localities) and Baja California (10), are the states with the highest species richness: 72 and 54 species, respectively. Up to now, 48 elasmobranch species have been recorded as hosts of helminths in Mexico; so, approximately 82% of sharks and 67% of rays distributed in Mexican waters lack helminthological studies. The present list provides the host, distribution (with geographical coordinates), site of infection, accession number in scientific collections, and references for the parasites. A host-parasite list is also provided. PMID:27047240

  20. A checklist of helminth parasites of Elasmobranchii in Mexico.

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    Merlo-Serna, Aldo Iván; García-Prieto, Luis

    2016-01-01

    A comprehensive and updated summary of the literature and unpublished records contained in scientific collections on the helminth parasites of the elasmobranchs from Mexico is herein presented for the first time. At present, the helminth fauna associated with Elasmobranchii recorded in Mexico is composed of 132 (110 named species and 22 not assigned to species), which belong to 70 genera included in 27 families (plus 4 incertae sedis families of cestodes). These data represent 7.2% of the worldwide species richness. Platyhelminthes is the most widely represented, with 128 taxa: 94 of cestodes, 22 of monogeneans and 12 of trematodes; Nematoda and Annelida: Hirudinea are represented by only 2 taxa each. These records come from 54 localities, pertaining to 15 states; Baja California Sur (17 sampled localities) and Baja California (10), are the states with the highest species richness: 72 and 54 species, respectively. Up to now, 48 elasmobranch species have been recorded as hosts of helminths in Mexico; so, approximately 82% of sharks and 67% of rays distributed in Mexican waters lack helminthological studies. The present list provides the host, distribution (with geographical coordinates), site of infection, accession number in scientific collections, and references for the parasites. A host-parasite list is also provided. PMID:27047240

  1. Land subsidence in the Cerro Prieto Geothermal Field, 1 Baja California, Mexico, from 1994 to 2005. An integrated analysis of DInSAR, levelingand geological data.

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    Sarychikhina, O; Glowacka, E; Mellors, R; Vidal, F S

    2011-03-03

    Cerro Prieto is the oldest and largest Mexican geothermal field in operation and has been producing electricity since 1973. The large amount of geothermal fluids extracted to supply steam to the power plants has resulted in considerable deformation in and around the field. The deformation includes land subsidence and related ground fissuring and faulting. These phenomena have produced severe damages to infrastructure such as roads, irrigation canals and other facilities. In this paper, the technique of Differential Synthetic Aperture Radar Interferometry (DInSAR) is applied using C-band ENVISAR ASAR data acquired between 2003 and 2006 to determine the extent and amount of land subsidence in the Mexicali Valley near Cerro Prieto Geothermal Field. The DInSAR results were compared with published data from precise leveling surveys (1994- 1997 and 1997-2006) and detailed geological information in order to improve the understanding of temporal and spatial distributions of anthropogenic subsidence in the Mexicali Valley. The leveling and DInSAR data were modeled to characterize the observed deformation in terms of fluid extraction. The results confirm that the tectonic faults control the spatial extent of the observed subsidence. These faults likely act as groundwater flow barriers for aquifers and reservoirs. The shape of the subsiding area coincides with the Cerro Prieto pull-apart basin. In addition, the spatial pattern of the subsidence as well as changes in rate are highly correlated with the development of the Cerro Prieto Geothermal Field.

  2. Development of a human-specific B. thetaiotaomicron IMS/ATP assay for measuring viable human contamination in surface waters in Baja California, Mexico

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    Immunomagnetic separation/adenosine triphosphate (IMS/ATP) assays utilize paramagnetic beads and target-specific antibodies to isolate target organisms. Following isolation, adenosine tri-phosphate (ATP) is extracted from the target population and quantified. An inversely-couple...

  3. Utilization of a Binational Training Program to Investigate the Prevalence, Correlates, and Etiology of Anemia Among Women and Children in Rural Baja California, Mexico

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    Moor, Molly Ann

    2015-01-01

    Background: Anemia is a public health concern among Mexican women and children, particularly among those of low socioeconomic status and indigenous heritage. Conducting research among vulnerable populations requires a dependable, long-term relationship with community support and engagement. Thus, Viajes Interinstitucional de Integración, Docente, Asistencia y de Investigación [VIIDAI] (Inter-institutional Field Experiences for Integration, Teaching, Medical Service, and Research), a partners...

  4. School administrator preparation in Baja California

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    CHARLES L. SLATER; Esparza, Elena; Peña, Rosa M.; Topete, Carlos; Álvarez, Isaías; Cerecedo, Trinidad; García, José María

    2005-01-01

    A team of US and Mexican researchers used focus groups to determine challenges faced by rural school directors who worked in isolated, poor communities. They had no preparation before becoming directors. Their stories express frustration with teachers who do not come to school on time and are not committed to education. Yet the directors throw themselves into their work and persist over the years. They ask for training in how to work with teachers, and they bring qualities of idealism and ...

  5. Recurso Eólico en Baja California

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    Zamora Machado Marlene; Leyva Sánchez Elia; Lambert Arista Alejandro A.

    2011-01-01

    La energía eólica proviene de manera indirecta del sol, una fuente ilimitada de energía a escala humana. El viento se genera por el diferencial de temperaturas en la atmósfera terrestre, permitiendo su circulación y convirtiéndose en energía cinética, para producir energía. Por su carácter limpio e inagotable, la energía eólica requiere de más explotación en el mundo. En México existe potencial eólico en algunas regiones como el Istmo de Tehuantepec en Oaxaca, Tabasco, Zacatecas, la península...

  6. Avifauna de la selva baja caducifolia en la cañada del río Sabino, Oaxaca, México Avifauna of the tropical dry forest in the Sabino Canyon, Oaxaca, Mexico

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    Leopoldo Vázquez; Héctor Moya; María del Coro Arizmendi

    2009-01-01

    Se describe la avifauna de la selva baja caducifolia del cañón del río Sabino, Oaxaca, al sureste de la Reserva de la Biosfera Tehuacán-Cuicatlán y compara la similitud de la avifauna de la Reserva con la de otras regiones con selvas bajas en México. El trabajo se realizó entre junio de 2005 y octubre de 2006, registrando 113 especies pertenecientes a 13 órdenes y 34 familias; 6 especies son muy abundantes, 10 abundantes, 20 comunes, 32 poco comunes y 37 raras; 79 de las especies registradas ...

  7. Organchlorine content and shell thickness in brown booby (Sula leucogaster) eggs in the Gulf of California and the southern Pacific coast of Mexico.

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    Mellink, Eric; Riojas-López, Mónica E; Luévano-Esparza, Jaime

    2009-07-01

    We determined egg concentrations of organochlorines and thickness of eggshells from brown boobies at eight colonies ranging from the northern Gulf of California to southern Mexico. The only common residue was that of DDE, which was found in almost all eggs. DDE content apparently reflected pre-1990 DDT use in nearby agricultural areas and, at one site, intensive mosquito control for high-end tourism development. There were no inter-colony differences in eggshell thickness, and variation in this variable likely reflected individual bird characteristics and/or individual feeding source. This variable was not a good proxy to DDE exposure of brown boobies, under current DDE levels in the brown booby trophic chain. In the northern Gulf of California, eggshell thickness has recovered to pre-DDT conditions. Our data indicate that the Gulf of California and southwestern coast of Mexico have a healthy near-shore marine environment, as far as organochlorines are concerned. PMID:19356832

  8. Mexico.

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    1984-09-01

    Although Mexico has serious economic and population growth problems, the country is making progress toward solving both of these problems. Mexico has a population of 77.7 million and a population density of 102 persons/square mile. The country has a birth rate of 32/1000, a death rate of 6/1000, and an annual growth rate of 2.6%. The estimated infant mortality rate is 55/1000. The median age of the population is 17.4. Mexico City, with a population of 15 million, is the 3rd largest city in the world, and by 1995, it is expected to be the largest city in the world, with a projected population of 25.2 million. The government vigorously promotes family planning, and the annual population growth rate slowed down from a high of 3.2% in 1970-75 to the current rate of 2.6%. Mexico hopes to achieve replacement level fertility by the year 2000. Other government policies promote income equality, agricultural development, and regional equalization of population growth. In 1982 Mexico's per capita income was US$2270, exports totaled US$21 billion, and imports totaled US$15 billion. By 1976, Mexico's international debt was US$30.2 billion, and inflation was rampant. Recently, the newly elected president, Miguel de la Madrid of the Partido Revolucionario Institutional, obtained a grant of US$39 million from the International Monetary Fund and removed price controls. These efforts should help stabilize Mexico's economy. The country will also need to expand its exports and increase its cultivatable acreage. PMID:12339665

  9. Non-selective in situ grazing of diatoms by juvenile Green Abalone (Haliotis fulgens Philippi, 1945 in the Baja California Peninsula Consumo in situ no selectivo de diatomeas por juveniles de abulón azul (Haliotis fulgens Philippi, 1945 en la Península de Baja California

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    Uri Argumedo Hernández

    2010-04-01

    determinaron sus abundancias relativas; 42% fueron epifitas. Catorce taxa representaron el 80% de la abundancia total; de estos 12 han sido propuestos como los más importantes en la dieta de juveniles de abulón en la costa W de BCS. Los valores de diversidad (H' variaron entre 1.05 y 4.47 y dependieron más de la dominancia que de la riqueza de especies, reflejando la diversidad de diatomeas en el hábitat. Estas observaciones y la baja similitud medida entre contenidos intestinales, muestran que la riqueza y diversidad de especies de diatomeas ingeridas por juveniles de abulón serán similares aun cuando la composición de especies de diatomeas sea distinta entre especímenes. Esto nos permite concluir que la ingestión de diatomeas por juveniles de abulón es no selectiva y que la estructura de las asociaciones de diatomeas es más importante que los taxa específicos en su dieta.

  10. Summary of the 2010 assessment on medium- to low-temperature geothermal resources in Mexico; Resumen de la evaluacion 2010 de los recursos geotermicos mexicanos de temperatura intermedia a baja

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    Iglesias, Eduardo R.; Torres, Rodolfo J.; Martinez Estrella, J. Ignacio; Reyes Picasso, Neftali [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico)]. E-mail: iglesias@iie.org.mx

    2011-07-15

    geothermal systems lies between 1,168 EJ and 1,274 EJ, with 90% confidence. The statistical distribution of the (conservatively) inferred reservoir temperatures indicates that 5% of these systems have temperatures between 151 and 208 degrees Celsius, 40% of these systems have temperatures between 102 and 151 degrees Celsius, 50% of these systems have temperatures between 60 and 102 degrees Celsius, and 5% of these systems have temperatures between 36 and 60 degrees Celsius. These resources contain massive amounts of thermal energy that could be used in a wide variety of direct applications and power generation projects. Potentially they are important for the economy of 26 of the 32 Mexican States. This work does not include any attempt to estimate the recuperation factor of the estimated resources. [Spanish] En 2003 publicamos nuestra primera estimacion de los recursos geotermicos mexicanos de temperatura intermedia a baja (T {<=} 200 grados centigrados) con base en datos de 1358 manifestaciones superficiales identificadas en ese momento. Debido a falta de informacion en uno o mas parametros relevantes, como coordenadas geograficas, temperatura de muestra o del yacimiento, etc., dicha evaluacion incluyo aproximadamente 30% de las manifestaciones identificadas. Desde entonces nuestro grupo incremento significativamente la cantidad de la informacion en la base de datos, mediante compilacion de datos de diferentes fuentes y trabajo de campo. Posteriormente desarrollamos una base de datos relacional y la implementamos en un Sistema de Informacion Geografica (SIG). En este trabajo presentamos un resumen de nuestra evaluacion 2010 de los recursos geotermicos mexicanos de temperatura intermedia a baja resultante de nuestra base de datos actualizada, que incluye 2361 manifestaciones geotermicas. Como en la version precedente, utilizamos el metodo volumetrico y simulaciones Montecarlo para estimar los recursos geotermicos y sus correspondientes incertidumbres para cada sistema

  11. Los Valores Ético-profesionales que Promueven los Documentos Rectores de un Universidad Pública en México. The Professional Ethic Values Promoted by Governing Documents of a Public University in Mexico

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    Cecilia Osuna Lever; Edna Luna Serrano

    2008-01-01

    This study analyses the professional-ethic values promoted by education policy in public university education in Mexico, the semantic correspondence of said policy with programs, and the strategies for its implementation. Following the methodology of textual analysis, we reviewed the National Programs of Education, documents that embed the academic plan at the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, and the curricula of licenciaturas in the areas of natural science and engineering...

  12. Tagging studies on the jumbo squid (Dosidicus gigas) in the Gulf of California, Mexico

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    Markaida, Unai; Rosenthal, Joshua J. C.; Gilly, William F

    2005-01-01

    Dosidicus gigas, the only species in the genus Dosidicus, is commonly known as the jumbo squid, jumbo flying squid (FAO, see Roper et al., 1984), or Humboldt squid. It is the largest ommastrephid squid and is endemic to the Eastern Pacific, ranging from northern California to southern Chile and to 140oW at the equator (Nesis, 1983; Nigmatullin, et al., 2001). During the last two decades it has become an extremely important fisheries resource in the Gulf of California (Ehrhardt et al., 1983; M...

  13. Climatological Analysis of the Exclusive Economic Zone of Mexico Based on 10 Years of Satellite Imagery

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    Gonzalez Rodriguez, E.; Trasviña-Castro, A.; Aguirre Bahena, F.

    2013-05-01

    To visualize the variability of inorganic carbon in the waters of the Exclusive Economic Zone of Mexico we analysed over 10 years of monthly data 4-km resolution from the MODIS-AQUA satellite. This sensor provides various types of information and for this discussion we selected particulate organic carbon, sea surface temperature and euphotic zone depth. We constructed climatological maps for each month of the year to show the average, maximum, minimum and standard deviation of the three variables. The result of the average particulate organic carbon climatology indicates that the main areas of inorganic carbon production (> 200 mg m3) are the Gulf of California, the west coast of the peninsula of Baja California, the coast of Colima, the Gulf of Tehuantepec and in the Gulf of Mexico the coasts of Yucatan, Tabasco and Tamaulipas. The months presenting higher production occur between December and April. In comparison, lowest climatological mean sea surface temperature (below 14 oC) occurs on the west coast of the Baja California peninsula and it is observed associated with the highest mean particulate organic carbon (>250 mg m-3). Climatological mean sea surface temperature on the coast of Colima, Yucatan, Tabasco and Tamaulipas are about 25 °C and coincide with high values of particulate organic carbon (> 200 mg m-3). The climatological mean euphotic zone depth show lowest values (California, the coast of Colima and the Gulf of Tehuantepec. In the west coast of the peninsula of Baja California greater variability of particulate organic carbon occurs from June to December. In the oceanic domain beyond the continental shelf, particulate organic carbon values are very low (low temperatures and/or low depths of the euphotic zone. The oceanic region shows maximum values for both sea surface temperatures and depth of the euphotic zone as is to be expected in oligotrophic regions of the sea. Anomalies for all three variables will also shown to discuss the interannual

  14. Reinventing Systems;: Collaborations To Support Families. California, Colorado, New Mexico, West Virginia.

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    MacDonald, Mia

    The decline in Federal funding for state-provided social services during the 1980s triggered a transformation in the states' roles in family policymaking. This booklet documents four state initiatives designed to bring about systems change: (1) Healthy Start (California); (2) the Governor's Families and Children Initiative (Colorado); (3) the…

  15. Mexico.

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    1993-01-01

    The background notes on Mexico provide text and recent statistical information on the geography, population, government, economy, and foreign relations, specifically the North American Free Trade Agreement with US. The 1992 population is estimated at 89 million of which 60% are mestizo (Indian-Spanish), 30% are American Indian, 9% are Caucasian, and 1% are other. 90% are Roman Catholic. There are 8 years of compulsory education. Infant mortality is 30/1000 live births. Life expectancy for males is 68 years and 76 years for females. The labor force is comprised of 30% in services, 24% in agriculture and fishing, 19% in manufacturing, 13% in commerce, 7% in construction, 4% in transportation and communication, and .4% in mining. There are 31 states and a federal district. Gross domestic product (GDP) per capita was $3200 in 1991. Military expenditures were .5% of GDP in 1991. The average inflation rate is 19%. Mexico City with 20 million is the largest urban center in the world. In recent years, the economy has been restructured with market oriented reforms; the result has been a growth of GDP of 3.6% in 1991 from 2% in 1987. Dependence on oil exports has decreased. There has been privatization and deregulation of state-owned companies. Subsidies to inefficient companies have been stopped. Tariff rates were reduced. The financial debt has been reduced and turned into a surplus of .8% in 1992. Mexico's foreign debt has been reduced from its high in 1987 of $107 billion. Agricultural reforms have been ongoing for 50 years. Land was redistributed, but standards of living and productivity have improved only slightly. Rural land tenure regulations have been changed, and other economic reforms are expected. Mexico engages in ad hoc international groups and is selective about membership in international organizations. PMID:12178052

  16. Efecto del blanqueamiento del coral por baja temperatura en los crustáceos decápodos asociados a arrecifes del suroeste del golfo de California Effect of coral bleaching induced by low temperature on reef-associated decapod crustaceans of the southwestern Gulf of California

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    Luis Hernández

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available El blanqueamiento del coral es consecuencia de un estrés natural o antropogénico sobre los arrecifes. En la región del Pacífico tropical este, el blanqueamiento del coral se asocia comúnmente con el incremento de la temperatura superficial del mar, pero también se puede presentar por temperaturas bajas. A principio de 2008 se registró una anomalía de temperatura extraordinariamente baja, de hasta 1.8 °C menor al promedio registrado en los últimos 25 años, que se manifestó con un severo blanqueamiento de corales en varias localidades al sur del golfo de California, alcanzando cifras de hasta el 90% del coral blanqueado. El objetivo del presente trabajo fue describir los cambios en el ensamblaje de decápodos asociados a los arrecifes en la región afectada. Las bahías de La Paz (24° N y Loreto (26° N fueron visitadas antes, durante y después del evento, realizándose censos visuales en 6 sitios de cada bahía. Los resultados muestran que la riqueza y dominancia de decápodos cambió por efecto del blanqueamiento. La afectación fue diferencial entre ambas localidades: la fauna coralina de la región de Loreto fue más afectada que la de bahía de La Paz y los cambios en los ensamblajes de decápodos fueron diferentes.Coral reef bleaching is a common stress response to natural or anthropogenic events. In the Tropical East Pacific, coral reef bleaching has been commonly associated to temperature increase of the sea surface, but it can also occur with low temperatures. In early 2008, an abnormality of very low temperature was recorded, up to 1.8 °C lower than the average temperature in the last 25 years, and a severe coral bleaching was observed in numerous localities in the southern part of the Gulf of California, which rose up to 90% of coral bleaching in some places. The aim of this work was to describe changes in decapod assemblages associated to coral reefs in the affected region. La Paz (24°N and Loreto (26°N bays were

  17. Larval fish assemblages, environment and circulation in a semienclosed sea (Gulf of California, Mexico)

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    Peguero Icaza, Martha; Sánchez Velasco, Laura; Dr. Miguel Fernando Lavín Peregrina; Marinone, Guido

    2008-01-01

    Fish larvae and hydrographic data collected in the Gulf of California (GC) in December 2002 are used to describe larval fish assemblages (LFAs) and to explore their relationships with environmental variables (temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, fluorescence maximum, Ø and superficial chlorophyll a). The Bray–Curtis dissimilarity index defined three LFAs, distributed in areas with distinctly different environmental conditions. The affinity of most of the species with the environmental cha...

  18. Late Quaternary climatic and oceanographic changes in the Northeast Pacific as recorded by dinoflagellate cysts from Guaymas Basin, Gulf of California (Mexico)

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    Price, Andrea M; Mertens, Kenneth; Pospelova, Vera; Pedersen, Thomas F; Ganeshram, Raja S.

    2013-01-01

    A high-resolution record of organic-walled dinoflagellate cyst production in Guaymas Basin, Gulf of California (Mexico) reveals a complex paleoceanographic history over the last ~40 ka. Guaymas Basin is an excellent location to perform high resolution studies of changes in late Quaternary climate and paleo-productivity because it is characterized by high primary productivity, high sedimentation rates, and low oxygen bottom waters. These factors contribute to the deposition and preservation of...

  19. Organchlorine content and shell thickness in brown booby (Sula leucogaster) eggs in the Gulf of California and the southern Pacific coast of Mexico

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    Mellink, Eric, E-mail: emellink@cicese.m [Departamento de Biologia de la Conservacion, Centro de Investigacion Cientifica y de Educacion Superior de Ensenada, B.C. Carretera Tijuana-Ensenada Km. 107, 22860 Ensenada, B.C. (Mexico); Riojas-Lopez, Monica E., E-mail: meriojas@cucba.udg.m [Departamento de Ecologia, Centro Universitario de Ciencias Biologicas y Agropecuarias, Universidad de Guadalajara, Km. 15.5 Carretera a Nogales, 45100 Zapopan, Jalisco (Mexico); Luevano-Esparza, Jaime, E-mail: jluevano@cicese.m [Departamento de Biologia de la Conservacion, Centro de Investigacion Cientifica y de Educacion Superior de Ensenada, B.C. Carretera Tijuana-Ensenada Km. 107, 22860 Ensenada, B.C. (Mexico)

    2009-07-15

    We determined egg concentrations of organochlorines and thickness of eggshells from brown boobies at eight colonies ranging from the northern Gulf of California to southern Mexico. The only common residue was that of DDE, which was found in almost all eggs. DDE content apparently reflected pre-1990 DDT use in nearby agricultural areas and, at one site, intensive mosquito control for high-end tourism development. There were no inter-colony differences in eggshell thickness, and variation in this variable likely reflected individual bird characteristics and/or individual feeding source. This variable was not a good proxy to DDE exposure of brown boobies, under current DDE levels in the brown booby trophic chain. In the northern Gulf of California, eggshell thickness has recovered to pre-DDT conditions. Our data indicate that the Gulf of California and southwestern coast of Mexico have a healthy near-shore marine environment, as far as organochlorines are concerned. - Wide-range, current picture of organochlorine presence in the environment along the western coast of Mexico.

  20. Organchlorine content and shell thickness in brown booby (Sula leucogaster) eggs in the Gulf of California and the southern Pacific coast of Mexico

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    We determined egg concentrations of organochlorines and thickness of eggshells from brown boobies at eight colonies ranging from the northern Gulf of California to southern Mexico. The only common residue was that of DDE, which was found in almost all eggs. DDE content apparently reflected pre-1990 DDT use in nearby agricultural areas and, at one site, intensive mosquito control for high-end tourism development. There were no inter-colony differences in eggshell thickness, and variation in this variable likely reflected individual bird characteristics and/or individual feeding source. This variable was not a good proxy to DDE exposure of brown boobies, under current DDE levels in the brown booby trophic chain. In the northern Gulf of California, eggshell thickness has recovered to pre-DDT conditions. Our data indicate that the Gulf of California and southwestern coast of Mexico have a healthy near-shore marine environment, as far as organochlorines are concerned. - Wide-range, current picture of organochlorine presence in the environment along the western coast of Mexico.

  1. Effects of 1997-1998 ENSO on coral reef communities in the Gulf of California, Mexico

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    Roberto Iglesias Prieto; Héctor Reyes Bonilla; Rafael Riosmena Rodríguez

    2003-01-01

    Sea surface temperatures in the eastern tropical Pacific increase dramatically during El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) events. This increase in sea temperature negatively affects two important coralline communities in the southern Gulf of California. During the 1997-1998 ENSO event, benthic sessile communities were exposed to a thermal anomaly of up to 3 °C during the summer. About 30% of live corals in six important communities in the region during 1996 (pre-ENSO conditions), 1997, 1998 a...

  2. Determinación e interpretación de la calidad del agua y del suelo en el Distrito de Riego 066 Del Valle de Santo Domingo, Baja California Sur.

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    Marín Celestino, Ana Elizabeth

    2013-01-01

    La calidad del agua y del suelo en un área agrícola son factores principales que repercuten en su sustentabilidad, debido a que una baja calidad en estos recursos reduce los rendimientos y causa toxicidad en los cultivos entre otros efectos adversos, afectando la productividad de la actividad y al ambiente. En el Distrito de Riego 066 del Valle de Santo Domingo se han detectado alteraciones notables en estos recursos, por esta razón este estudio planteó como objetivo evaluar e interpretar la ...

  3. Distribution of heat flow and radioactive heat generation in northern Mexico

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    Smith, D.L.; Nuckels, C.E. III; Jones, R.L.; Cook, G.A.

    1979-05-10

    Twenty-five new heat flow measurements from northern Mexico range from 0.6 HFU (1 HFU = 1 ..mu..cal/cm/sup 2/s = 41.8 mW/m/sup 2/) at Los Plomosas, Chihuahua, to 4.2 HFU about 30 km east of Mazatlan, Sinaloa. The new values, in conjunction with previous data, confirm the Baja peninsula as an area of low to normal heat flow and demonstrate an irregular decrease of heat flow eastward from the Gulf of California across the Sierra Madre Occidental and a separate pattern of decreasing heat flow eastward from the Central Plateau across the Sierra Madre Oriental. An area of high heat flow immediately east of the Gulf of California is identified and is tentatively related to the spreading ridges in the gulf. Abundances of the radioactive-heat-generating elements uranium, thorium, and potassium increase from Baja California to the eastern border of the Sierra Madre Occidental, abruptly decrease within the Central Plateau, and then increase again eastward through the Sierra Madre Oriental. Although a general positive correlation between heat flow and radioactive heat generation is observed, adherance to the expected linear patterns cannot be demonstrated. This lack of linearity prohibits the definition of separate thermal provinces in northern Mexico and suggests the assignment of the Sierra Madre Occidental as a southerly extension of the Basin and Range thermal province that is modified by sea floor spreading in the Gulf of California. Heat flow measurements in the states of Chihuahua, Durango, and Zacatecas are similar to those associated with the Rio Grande Rift thermal anomaly in New Mexico, but an indentification of a continuous extension of the rift thermal conditions into northern Mexico cannot be made.

  4. Mexico

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    This document summarizes the key energy data for Mexico: 1 - energy organizations and policy: Ministry of energy (SENER), Comision Reguladora de Energia (CRE), Ministry of Finances, Ministry of trade and industrial development (SECOFI), national commission for energy savings (CONAE); 2 - companies: federal commission of electricity (CFE), Minera Carbonifera Rio Escondido (MICARE - coal), Pemex (petroleum); 3 - energy production: resources, electric power, petroleum, natural gas; 4 - energy consumption; 5 - stakes and perspectives. Some economic and energy indicators are summarized in a series of tables: general indicators, supply indicators (reserves, refining and electric capacity, energy production, foreign trade), demand indicators (consumption trends, end use, energy independence, energy efficiency, CO2 emissions), energy status per year and per energy source. (J.S.)

  5. The status of shark and ray fishery resources in the Gulf of California: applied research to improve management and conservation

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    Joseph J Bizzarro; Smith, Wade D.; Robert E Hueter; Tyminski, John; Márquez– Farías, J. Fernando; Castillo–Géniz, J. Leonardo; Cailliet, Gregor M.; Villavicencio–Garayzar, Carlos J.

    2009-01-01

    Seasonal surveys were conducted during 1998–1999 in Baja California, Baja California Sur, Sonora, and Sinaloa to determine the extent and activities of artisanal elasmobranch fisheries in the Gulf of California. One hundred and forty–seven fishing sites, or camps, were documented, the majority of which (n = 83) were located in Baja California Sur. Among camps with adequate fisheries information, the great majority (85.7%) targeted elasmobranchs during some part of the year. Most small, demers...

  6. Fish Larvae Response to Biophysical Changes in the Gulf of California, Mexico (Winter-Summer

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    Raymundo Avendaño-Ibarra

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available We analyzed the response of fish larvae assemblages to environmental variables and to physical macro- and mesoscale processes in the Gulf of California, during four oceanographic cruises (winter and summer 2005 and 2007. Physical data of the water column obtained through CTD casts, sea surface temperature, and chlorophyll a satellite imagery were used to detect mesoscale structures. Zooplankton samples were collected with standard Bongo net tows. Fish larvae assemblages responded to latitudinal and coastal-ocean gradients, related to inflow of water to the gulf, and to biological production. The 19°C and 21°C isotherms during winter, and 29°C and 31°C during summer, limited the distribution of fish larvae at the macroscale. Between types of eddy, the cyclonic (January registered high abundance, species richness, and zooplankton volume compared to the other anticyclonic (March and cyclonic (September. Thermal fronts (Big Islands of January and July affected the species distribution establishing strong differences between sides. At the mesoscale, eddy and fronts coincided with the isotherms mentioned previously, playing an important role in emphasizing the differences among species assemblages. The multivariate analysis indicated that larvae abundance was highly correlated with temperature and salinity and with chlorophyll a and zooplankton volume during winter and summer, respectively.

  7. Prevalence of risk factors for HIV infection among Mexican migrants and immigrants: probability survey in the north border of Mexico

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    Gudelia Rangel M.

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To estimate the prevalence of risk factors for HIV infection among Mexican migrants and immigrants (MMIs in different geographic contexts, including the sending communities in Mexico, the receiving communities in the United States (US, and the Mexican North border region. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We conducted a probability survey among MMIs traveling through key border crossing sites in the Tijuana (Baja California, Mexico-San Diego (California, US border region (N=1 429. RESULTS: The survey revealed substantial rates of reported sexually transmitted infections, needle-sharing and sexual risk practices in all migration contexts. CONCLUSIONS: The estimated levels of HIV risk call for further binational research and preventive interventions in all key geographic contexts of the migration experience to identify and tackle the different personal, environmental, and structural determinants of HIV risk in each of these contexts.

  8. The California Border Health Collaborative: A Strategy for Leading the Border to Better Health

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    Charles Edwards Matthews III

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available There are hundreds of departments and organizations working on border health issues in the California/Baja California border region trying to protect and improve health without a collaborative structure that integrates jurisdictions and organizations. As a result, there is a need to effectively improve the health in the border region by coordinating these organizations to work together and benefit from each other’s best practices. The newly developed California Border Health Collaborative (CBHC can provide the leadership and collaborative culture to positively improve the health of the border region. This article aims to describe the development process of this collaborative to include key ingredients to success, the roles of mulit-level jurisdictions, and policy implications.This article describes the methods used to develop key aspects of collaborative leadership, strategic alignment and a common vision toward the building of this collective impact approach to border health. In addition, we describe the role of key local County (County of San Diego Live Well San Diego initiative, State, (California Department of Public Health- Office of Binational Border Health, Federal (US-Mexico Border Health Commission’s Leaders across Borders, Academia (e.g., University of California San Diego and San Diego State University and non-profit entities (e.g., Project Concern International, San Ysidro Health Center in forming the BHCC. Evaluating the consortium development process included a literature review of similar processes, a review of internal documents and an analysis of developmental events. To this point the CBHC has built a strong, cohesive collaborative on the U.S. side of the border. It is sharing and leveraging local expertise to address many border health issues. Even more importantly, the BHCC has reached a key stage in which it can effectively engage its Baja California, Mexico counterparts in a manner that will prove extremely powerful

  9. Efecto del blanqueamiento del coral por baja temperatura en los crustáceos decápodos asociados a arrecifes del suroeste del golfo de California Effect of coral bleaching induced by low temperature on reef-associated decapod crustaceans of the southwestern Gulf of California

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    Luis Hernández; Héctor Reyes-Bonilla; Balart, Eduardo F

    2010-01-01

    El blanqueamiento del coral es consecuencia de un estrés natural o antropogénico sobre los arrecifes. En la región del Pacífico tropical este, el blanqueamiento del coral se asocia comúnmente con el incremento de la temperatura superficial del mar, pero también se puede presentar por temperaturas bajas. A principio de 2008 se registró una anomalía de temperatura extraordinariamente baja, de hasta 1.8 °C menor al promedio registrado en los últimos 25 años, que se manifestó con un severo blanqu...

  10. Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 Surveillance in Marginalized Populations, Tijuana, Mexico, and West Nile Virus Knowledge among Hispanics, San Diego, California, 2006

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    This podcast describes public health surveillance and communication in hard to reach populations in Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego County, California. Dr. Marian McDonald, Associate Director of CDC's Health Disparities in the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, discusses the importance of being flexible in determining the most effective media for health communications.  Created: 8/10/2010 by National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.   Date Released: 8/10/2010.

  11. Trophic level and isotopic composition of 13C and 15N of pacific angel shark, Squatina californica (Ayres, 1859), in the Southern Gulf of California, Mexico

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    Escobar Sánchez, Ofelia; Galván Magaña, Felipe; Abitia Cárdenas, Leonardo Andrés

    2011-01-01

    δ13C and δ1NN stable isotopes were used to determine trophic level and the assimilated food components of Pacific angel shark, Squatina californica and its variation between size, sexes and seasonally in the southern Gulf of California, Mexico. Muscle tisúes were collected during 2001 to 2003. The quantification of δ13C and δ15N stable isotopes was realizad by isotope ratio mass spectrometry. The values of stable isotope of carbon (δ13C) ranged from -16.55 to -15.06% (average -15.94% + 0.34) ...

  12. Population size of the jumbo squid Dosidicus gigas in the central Gulf of California, Mexico, based on mark-recapture data

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    Morales Bojorquez, Enrique; Hernández Herrera, Agustin; Nevárez Martínez, Manuel O; Díaz Uribe, Juan Gabriel

    2012-01-01

    The use of mark-recapture data can be an alternative to other methods for estimating abundance of the jumbo squid Dosidicus gigas and can be used when catch-per-unit-effort data applied to depletion models or estimates from survey research are not available. Two mark-recapture events were analyzed in the central Gulf of California, Mexico, during October 2001 and April 2002 to assess the status of jumbo squid. Results from October 2001 yielded a population size of 20.2 million squid with a 95...

  13. The involvement of citizens evaluating public security policies: Baja California’s case

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    Pablo Jesús González Reyes

    2003-07-01

    Full Text Available This paper emphasizes the importance of citizen involvement in the evaluation processes of public security policy in Baja California, as a revealing need of establishing new options for public management, through which relationships of mutual responsibility between society and government are enacted.

  14. Establishment of a One Health Surveillance Initiative in the CA/Baja CA Border Region

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    Marikos, Sarah C.; Ferran, Karen L.; Iniguez-Stevens, Esmeralda; NAVARRO, FRANCISCO JAVIER MONGE

    2013-01-01

    Objective To showcase One Border One Health, a binational, multidiscipli-nary initiative in the California/Baja California (CA/BC) border region whose aim is to reconfigure traditional species-specific approaches to surveillance for emerging and re-emerging pathogens. Introduction The CA/BC border region encompasses a wide range of ecosystems, topography, dense urban areas, and agricultural developments that coexist in a limited geographic area and create numerous human-animal-environmental i...

  15. California coast sablefish - Reproductive Life History Analysis of Sablefish Populations off the Washington and California Coasts

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria) have a wide distribution along the Pacific coast, extending from Baja California to Alaska, the Bering Sea and through to the eastern...

  16. Environmental injustice along the US-Mexico border: residential proximity to industrial parks in Tijuana, Mexico

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    Grineski, Sara E.; Collins, Timothy W.; de Lourdes Romo Aguilar, María

    2015-09-01

    Research in the Global North (e.g., US, Europe) has revealed robust patterns of environmental injustice whereby low income and minority residents face exposure to industrial hazards in their neighborhoods. A small body of research suggests that patterns of environmental injustice may diverge between the Global North and South due to differing urban development trajectories. This study uses quantitative environmental justice methods to examine spatial relationships between residential socio-demographics and industrial parks in Tijuana, Baja California Norte, Mexico using 2010 census data for Tijuana’s 401 neighborhoods and municipality-provided locations of industrial parks in the city. Results of spatial lag regression models reveal that formal development is significantly associated with industrial park density, and it accounts for the significant effect of higher socioeconomic status (measured using mean education) on greater industrial density. Higher proportions of female-headed households are also significantly associated with industrial park density, while higher proportions of children and recent migrants are not. The formal development findings align with other studies in Mexico and point to the importance of urban development trajectories in shaping patterns of environmental injustice. The risks for female-headed households are novel in the Mexican context. One potential explanation is that women factory workers live near their places of employment. A second, albeit counterintuitive explanation, is the relative economic advantage experienced by female-headed households in Mexico.

  17. The first educational interferometer in Mexico (FEYMANS): A novel project

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    Villicana Pedraza, Ilhuiyolitzin; Guesten, Rolf; Saucedo Morales, Julio Cesar; Carreto, Francisco; Valdes Estrada, Erik; Wendolyn Blanco Cardenas, Monica; Rodríguez Garza, Carolina B.; Pech Castillo, Gerardo A.; Ángel Vaquerizo, Juan

    2016-07-01

    An interferometer is composed of several radio telescopes (dishes) separated by a defined distance and used in synchrony. This kind of array produces a superior angular resolution, better than the resolution achieved by a single dish of the same combined area. In this work we propose the First Educational Youth Mexican Array North South, FEYMANS. It consists of an educational interferometer with initially four dishes. This array harvests Mexico's geography by locating each dish at the periphery of the country; creating new scientific links of provincial populations with the capital. The FEYMANS project focus in high school students and their projects on physics, chemistry and astronomy as a final project. Also, it can be used for bachelor theses. The initial and central dish-node is planed to be in Mexico City. After its construction, the efforts will focus to build subsequent nodes, on the Northwest region, Northeast, or Southeast. Region Northwest will give service to Baja California, Sonora and Chihuahua states. Region Northeast will cover Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas. Finally, region Southeast will give access to Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Campeche, Tabasco and Chiapas. This project has been conceived by young professional astronomers and Mexican experts that will operate each node. Also, we have the technical support of the "Max Planck Institute fuer Radioastronomy in Bonn Germany" and the educational model of the "PARTNeR" project in Spain. This interferometer will be financed by Mexico's Federal Congress and by Mexico City's Legislative Assembly (ALDF).

  18. A study of the population structure of the Pacific sardine Sardinops sagax (Jenyns, 1842) in Mexico based on morphometric and genetic analyses

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    Cota Gómez, Víctor Manuel; De La Cruz Agüero, José; García Gasca, Silvia Alejandra; García Rodríguez, Francisco Javier

    2011-01-01

    Several studies on the Pacific sardine Sardinops sagax have focused on the identification of stock composition and boundaries, using morphometric and genetic analysis. In this study, geometric morphometric body landmarks and control region mtDNA sequences were used to examine the population structure of sardines along the Pacific coast of the Baja California Peninsula. Samples from commercial landings in Ensenada (ENS), Baja California, and Bahia Magdalena (BM), Baja California Sur, were obta...

  19. April 2008 Scripps Institute of Oceanography (SIO) Lidar of the Southern California Coastline: Long Beach to US/Mexico Border

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — This lidar point data set collected during low tide conditions along an approximately 500-700 meter wide strip of the Southern California coastline within an area...

  20. March 2009 Scripps Institute of Oceanography (SIO) Lidar of the Southern California Coastline: Long Beach to US/Mexico Border

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — This lidar point data set was collected during low tide conditions along an approximately 500-700 meter wide strip of the Southern California coastline within an...

  1. November 2007 Scripps Institute of Oceanography (SIO) Lidar of the Southern California Coastline: Long Beach to US/Mexico Border

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — This lidar point data set was collected during low tide conditions along an approximately 500-700 meter wide strip of the Southern California coastline within an...

  2. September 2008 Scripps Institute of Oceanography (SIO) Lidar of the Southern California Coastline: Long Beach to US/Mexico Border

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — This lidar point data set was collected during low tide conditions along an approximately 500-700 meter wide strip of the Southern California coastline within an...

  3. California Immigrants Today

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    Cornelius, Wayne A.

    1990-01-01

    This paper will focus on the Mexico-origin component of the California immigrant population. Drawing on the results of field studies conducted throughout California and in west-central Mexico during the last ten years,the paper will describe how the profile of Mexican migration to California has changed since the 197Os, suggest explanations for these changes, and discuss their implications for public policy. Effects of the long-running economic crisis in Mexico and of the 1986 U.S. immigra-ti...

  4. A multi-trial diagnostic tool in fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) skin biopsies of the Pelagos Sanctuary (Mediterranean Sea) and the Gulf of California (Mexico).

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    Fossi, Maria Cristina; Urban, Jorge; Casini, Silvia; Maltese, Silvia; Spinsanti, Giacomo; Panti, Cristina; Porcelloni, Serena; Panigada, Simone; Lauriano, Giancarlo; Niño-Torres, Carlos; Rojas-Bracho, Lorenzo; Jimenez, Begoña; Muñoz-Arnanz, Juan; Marsili, Letizia

    2010-01-01

    The main objective of this study was to apply a set of sensitive non-lethal biomarkers in skin biopsies of fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus) to evaluate the toxicological status of this mysticete in the Pelagos Sanctuary (Mediterranean Sea) and in the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez-Mexico). We developed a "multi-trial diagnostic tool" (based on field and in vitro studies), combining molecular biomarkers (western blot of CYP1A1, CYP2B) and gene expression (qRT-PCR of HSP70, ERα, AHR, E2F-1) with the analysis of OCs, PAHs and PBDEs. The study revealed a higher level of toxicological stress in the Mediterranean fin whales. PMID:19913904

  5. Productividad secundaria en los esteros de la barra de arena El Mogote en la Ensenada de La Paz, Baja California Sur, México Secondary productivity in the estuaries of El Mogote sand bar in Ensenada de La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico

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    Jorge A. López-Rocha; Esteban F. Félix-Pico; Martín E. Hernández-Rivas

    2012-01-01

    Los ecosistemas de manglar son un hábitat crítico para numerosas especies y su productividad es importante por su contribución de detritos orgánicos y su producción secundaria. El objetivo del trabajo fue definir indicadores de productividad secundaria para establecer una línea base que permita medir alteraciones en el sistema de manglar por posibles perturbaciones naturales o antropogénicas. Como indicadores se escogieron los moluscos bivalvos pata de mula, Anadara tuberculosa y el ostión de...

  6. Readers and formation of citizenships in Mexico. Observations about the National Program of Reading Rooms of Conaculta

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    Fernando Vizcarra

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This article presents an overview on the current state of the Reading Rooms in Mexico. It comes from a diagnosis made by the Centre for Cultural Research–Museum of the Autonomous University of Baja California, during the year 2009, at the request of the National Council for Culture and the Arts (Conaculta. The primary objective was to develop an exercise for the identification, characterization and analysis of certain constituent aspects of the Reading Rooms in the country, in order to establish more effective cultural development strategies and plans. That is, who are the promoters of reading in Mexico, where are located, what are conditions engaged in their work and what are their experiences in this area. The text focuses on the problem of the mediators of rooms, users, and the contexts in which these actors operate.

  7. An Indian Account of the Decline and Collapse of Mexico's Hegemony over the Missionized Indians of California.

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    Castillo, Edward D.

    1989-01-01

    Introduces a document providing an extremely rare mission Indian eyewitness account of the waning years of the California Franciscan missions, an 1877 interview with a Costanoan Indian--a former mission neophyte--dealing with mission discipline, secularization, and demise of the Indian population. Provides background to elucidate the document.…

  8. Economic integration and labor flows: stage migration in farm labor markets in Mexico and the United States.

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    Zabin, C; Hughes, S

    1995-01-01

    "This article examines the probable effects of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on migration from Mexico to the United States, disputing the view that expansion of jobs in Mexico could rapidly reduce undocumented migration. To the extent that NAFTA causes Mexican export agriculture to expand, migration to the United States will increase rather than decrease in the short run. Data collected in both California and the Mexican State of Baja California show that indigenous migrants from southern Mexico typically first undertake internal migration, which lowers the costs and risks of U.S. migration. Two features of employment in export agriculture were found to be specially significant in lowering the costs of U.S. migration: first, working in export agriculture exposes migrants to more diverse social networks and information about U.S. migration; second, agro-export employment in northern Mexico provides stable employment, albeit low-wage employment, for some members of the family close to the border (especially women and children) while allowing other members of the family to assume the risks of U.S. migration." PMID:12319621

  9. Miocene Slab Detachment in Central Mexico: Causes and Consequences

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    Ferrari, L.

    2002-12-01

    I propose that the lower part of the Farallon slab subducted beneath Mexico has detached twice during the Miocene. Initiation of slab detachment is a consequence of the incoming of increasingly buoyant oceanic crust at the paleotrench off Baja California and, eventually, the capture by the Pacific plate of the microplates left over by the Farallon plate that produced a retrograde motion of the shallow part of the slab. Our first integration of the geology of the whole central Mexico reveals a number of features that support the detachment model and allow inferring the location through time of these events. A main consequence of detachments is the influx of hotter and geochemically enriched sub-slab material into the slab-free area. The process is thus expected to generate a pulse of volcanism and a geochemically heterogeneous mantle wedge. A first detachment is inferred to have begun shortly before the contact between the Pacific and North America plate at 28.5 Ma. A tear in the slab propagated to the SSE, producing a transient thermal anomaly, ignimbrite flare up, and extension at ~24-20 Ma in the southern Sierra Madre Occidental. A second detachment event is inferred as a result of the end of subduction off the southern half of Baja California at 12.5 Ma. In this case the slab detached from the southern Gulf of California toward the ESE, paralleling the southern Mexico trench system. This event caused an eastward migrating mafic pulse of volcanism, presently observed in the northern part of the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt (TMVB), between 11 and 7 Ma. New geochronological and geochemical data suggest the continuation of the detachment to the SSE in Veracruz state (Sierra de Tantima, Alamo, Poza Rica, Palma Sola and Los Tuxtlas volcanic fields). The occurrence of OIB volcanism in the TMVB since the end of Miocene is explained by the influx of enriched asthenospheric material into the gap formed by the detachment, enhanced by the corner flow induced by the

  10. Experiences in public policies at Baja California’s NGOs

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    José Ascención Moreno Mena

    2003-07-01

    Full Text Available This project is an approach to the experiences that the Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs from Baja California have had regarding their policy advocacy. It is said that despite they have just begun to participate, since most of the times, they have just gotten to the point of formulating the problem, and incorporating it to the public agenda. However, they have transcended to national public levels. Two examples are presented herein, as studies of case, which describe how the local NGOs have been able to include into the national discussion agenda a problem that emerged from the private field, as well as the influence that it exerted over the legislative changes. It concludes that through NGOs participation, a more transparent relation between the civil society and the State is beginning. This job is the result of documentary investigation and a number of interviews performed to members of NGOs.

  11. Standards establishment within Baja California’s horticultural sector

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    Belem Avendaño Ruiz

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The Baja California produce industry is notice by its strong export orientation production. Never less, in the past few years some products have been associated to food safety outbreaks in the United States, its main market, affecting its competitiveness and market share, driven produce growers to the adoption of standards as a mean to stay in the international market. The paper focus in the role of adoption of International standards in the firms as part of a competitive strategy that implies a technological change in order to comply with the certification requirements. A descriptive statistical analysis is conducted as well as a discriminate analysis in order to explain the factors that are involved in the firms that present technical innovation (adoption of standards to achieve competitiveness and those that don’t improve their productive process.

  12. Complementarity and efficiency of bat capture methods in a lowland tropical dry forest of Yucatán, Mexico Complementariedad y eficiencia de métodos de captura de murciélagos en una selva baja caducifolia de Yucatán, México

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    Juan M. Pech-Canche

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available The combined use of different methods for surveying bat assemblages has increased over the last few decades. The objective of this study was to assess the efficiency of bat inventories by comparing assemblages parameters (species richness, abundance and composition using the 3 most conventional capture methods (ground-level and sub-canopy mist nets and harp traps, in a lowland tropical dry forest in Yucatán, Mexico. In ground mist nets, only phyllostomid species were recorded, principally frugivorous and nectarivorous species, while in harp traps the majority were insectivorous species from other families. Our results indicate that for the order Chiroptera the most efficient combination of capture methods is the simultaneous use of ground mist nets and harp traps. However, an inventory of Phyllostomidae is reliably achieved with only ground mist nets. Also, a combination of ground and sub-canopy mist nets does not provide an efficient sampling strategy.El uso combinado de diferentes métodos de muestreo de ensambles de murciélagos se ha incrementado en las últimas décadas. El objetivo de este estudio fue evaluar la eficiencia de los inventarios de murciélagos comparando los parámetros del ensamble (riqueza de especies, abundancia y composición usando los 3 métodos de captura convencionales (redes de niebla a nivel de sotobosque y sub-dosel, y trampas arpa, en una selva baja caducifolia de Yucatán, México. En las redes de sotobosque se registraron solamente especies de filostómidos, principalmente especies frugívoras y nectarívoras; mientras que en las trampas arpa, la mayoría fueron especies insectívoras de otras familias. Nuestros resultados indican que para el orden Chiroptera la combinación más eficiente de métodos de captura es el uso simultáneo de redes de sotobosque y trampas arpa. Sin embargo, se alcanza un inventario confiable de filostómidos sólo con las redes de sotobosque. Además, una combinación de redes de

  13. The quality of our Nation's waters: water quality in basin-fill aquifers of the southwestern United States: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah, 1993-2009

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    Thiros, Susan A.; Paul, Angela P.; Bexfield, Laura M.; Anning, David W.

    2015-01-01

    The Southwest Principal Aquifers consist of many basin-fill aquifers in California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado. Demands for irrigation and drinking water have substantially increased groundwater withdrawals and irrigation return flow to some of these aquifers. These changes have increased the movement of contaminants from geologic and human sources to depths used to supply drinking water in several basin-fill aquifers in the Southwest.

  14. Climatology of landfalling hurricanes and tropical storms in Mexico

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    Jauregui, E. [Centro de Ciencias de la Atmosfera, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), Mexico, D.F. (Mexico)

    2003-10-01

    The potential for damage from hurricanes landfalling in Mexico is assessed. During the 1951-2000 period, Pacific hurricane hits were more frequent on coastal areas of the northwest of country (e.g., Sinaloa and the southern half of Baja California Peninsula) as well as in southern Mexico (Michoacan). On the Atlantic side, the Yucatan Peninsula and the northern state of Tamaulipas were most exposed to these storms. The hurricane season reaches maximum activity in September for both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the country. During the 50 year period, five intense hurricanes (category 5) made landfall on the Gulf/Caribbean coasts, while only one such intense hurricane made a land hit on the Pacific side. While hurricanes affecting Pacific coasts show a marked increase during the last decade, those of the Atlantic side exhibit a marked decrease since the 1970s. However, when considering the frequency of landfalling tropical storms and hurricanes impacting on both littorals of the country, their numbers have considerably increased during the 1990s. [Spanish] Se determino el potencial de dano de los huracanes que entran a tierra en Mexico. Durante el periodo 1951-2000 los impactos de los huracanes del Pacifico fueron mas frecuentes en las areas costeras del noroeste del pais, como Sinaloa y la mitad sur de la peninsula de Baja California, asi como en el sur de Mexico (Michoacan). En el lado del Atlantico la peninsula de Yucatan y el estado norteno de Tamaulipas fueron los mas expuestos a estas tormentas. Para las dos costas del pais, del Pacifico y del Atlantico, la temporada de huracanes alcanza su maxima actividad en septiembre. Durante los 50 anos del periodo de estudio cinco huracanes intensos (categoria 5) tocaron tierra en el lado del Atlantico y uno en el Pacifico. Mientras que los huracanes que afectan las costas del Pacifico muestran un incremento en numero durante la ultima decada, los del Atlantico exhiben una disminucion notable desde la decada de los

  15. Inferred Rheology and Petrology of Southern California and Northwest Mexico Mantle from Postseismic Deformation following the 2010 El Mayor-Cucapah Earthquake

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    Freed, A. M.; Dickinson, H.; Huang, M. H.; Fielding, E. J.; Burgmann, R.; Andronicos, C.

    2015-12-01

    The Mw 7.2 El Mayor-Cucapah (EMC) earthquake ruptured a ~120 km long series of faults striking northwest from the Gulf of California to the Sierra Cucapah. Five years after the EMC event, a dense network of GPS stations in southern California and a sparse array of sites installed after the earthquake in northern Mexico measure ongoing surface deformation as coseismic stresses relax. We use 3D finite element models of seismically inferred crustal and mantle structure with earthquake slip constrained by GPS, InSAR range change and SAR and SPOT image sub-pixel offset measurements to infer the rheologic structure of the region. Model complexity, including 3D Moho structure and distinct geologic regions such as the Peninsular Ranges and Salton Trough, enable us to explore vertical and lateral heterogeneities of crustal and mantle rheology. We find that postseismic displacements can be explained by relaxation of a laterally varying, stratified rheologic structure controlled by temperature and crustal thickness. In the Salton Trough region, particularly large postseismic displacements require a relatively weak mantle column that weakens with depth, consistent with a strong but thin (22 km thick) crust and high regional temperatures. In contrast, beneath the neighboring Peninsular Ranges a strong, thick (up to 35 km) crust and cooler temperatures lead to a rheologically stronger mantle column. Thus, we find that the inferred rheologic structure corresponds with observed seismic structure and thermal variations. Significant afterslip is not required to explain postseismic displacements, but cannot be ruled out. Combined with isochemical phase diagrams, our results enable us to go beyond rheologic structure and infer some basic properties about the regional mantle, including composition, water content, and the degree of partial melting.

  16. Dinoflagellate cysts as indicators of millennial scale climatic and oceanographic variability in Guaymas Basin, Gulf of California (Mexico) during the Late Quaternary

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    Price, Andrea M.; Mertens, Kenneth N.; Pospelova, *Vera; Pedersen, Thomas F.; Ganeshram, Raja S.

    2015-04-01

    A high-resolution record of organic-walled dinoflagellate cyst production in Guaymas Basin, Gulf of California (Mexico) reveals a complex paleoceanographic history over the last ~40 ka. Guaymas Basin is an excellent location to perform high resolution studies of changes in Late Quaternary climate and paleo-productivity because it is characterized by high primary productivity, high sedimentation rates, and low oxygen bottom waters. These factors contribute to the deposition and preservation of laminated sediments throughout large portions of core MD02-2515. This is one of the first studies in the Northeast Pacific to document dinoflagellate cyst production at a centennial to millennial scale throughout the Late Quaternary. Based on the cyst assemblages three major dinoflagellate cyst zones were established, and roughly correspond to Marine Isotope Stages 1 to 3. The most dominant dinoflagellate cyst taxa found throughout the core were Brigantedinium spp. and Operculodinium centrocarpum. Dansgaard-Oeschger event 8 is observed in the dinoflagellate cyst record, and is characterized by an increase in warm water taxa such as Spiniferites pachydermus. Other intervals of interest are the Younger Dryas where cooler sea-surface conditions are not recorded, and the Holocene which is characterized by the consistent presence of warm water species Stelladinium reidii, Tuberculodinidum vancampoae, Bitectatodinium spongium and an increase in Quinquecuspis concreta. Changes in cyst assemblages, concentrations and species diversity, along with geochemical data reflect major orbital to millennial-scale climatic and oceanographic changes. Keywords: Dansgaard-Oeschger events; dinoflagellate cyst; Gulf of California; late Quaternary climate change; upwelling; Younger Dryas.

  17. Eolic central Guerrero Negro, BCS, Mexico, performance first year operation; Central eolica Guerrero Negro, BCS, Mexico, resultados del primer ano de operacion

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    Cadenas Tovar, Roberto; Sanchez Cornejo, Carlos; Lopez Rios, Serafin [Comision Federal de Electricidad, Morelia, Michoacan (Mexico); Ley Romero, Jose R [Comision Federal de Electricidad, Guerrero Negro, Baja California Sur (Mexico)

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    Comision Federal de Electricidad installed a 600 kW wind turbine in the Guerrero Negro isolated electrical grid to evaluate, under actual operation conditions, the contribution of wind energy in the generation of electricity. This paper describes the performance of the wind turbine in terms of its availability, power curve and electricity produced. The results have been satisfactory, electricity was supplied with a lesser fuel consumption than before. [Spanish] La Comision Federal de Electricidad instalo en Guerrero Negro, Baja California Sur, Mexico un aerogenerador de 600 kW para evaluar en condiciones reales de operacion la integracion de la energia del viento a sistemas electricos aislados basados en diesel. En este trabajo se describen los resultados del primer ano de operacion del aerogenerador en terminos de su disponibilidad, curva de potencia y generacion obtenida. Los resultados han sido satisfactorios, registrandose una reduccion en el consumo de combustible fosil en el sistema.

  18. International Uranium Resources Evaluation Project (IUREP) national favourability studies: Mexico

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    Reserves of uranium are located in the north eastern part of Mexico, primarily in the states of Tamaulipas and Chihuahua. Most of the remainder of Mexico's reserves are near the Tamaulipas-Neuvo Leon state border in the Tertiary Frio Formation, where they apparently occur in the types of uranium deposits found in Texas, U.S.A. There are two deposits, La Coma and Buenavista, but nothing has been published on dimensions of the ore bodies. Forty-five miles northeast of Hermosillo, in Sonora state is the Los Amoles district where uranium is found associated with gold and other metals in low-grade deposits on the margins of a Cretaceous batholith. Another occurrence is reported in the mining district of Placer de Guadelupe and Puerto del Aire, about 40-50 km northeast of Chihuahua City, in the state of Chihuahua. Reserves of U3O8 which were published in January 1977 by Nuclear Exchange Corporation of Menlo Park, California, are listed. The government of Mexico has not estimated potential resources. It should be noted that much of Mexico appears favourable for uranium, and only 10 percent has been explored. According to NUEXCO (1977), efforts to find uranium are being increased in an attempt to supply Mexico's nuclear reactor requirements through 1990. Activity is reported to be centered in Tamaulipas and Chihuahua states and to a lesser extent in Nueva Leon, Sonora, Coahuila, and Baja California. Major effort will continue to be placed in Chihuahua state to supply the Penna Bianca mill. Correspondence between favorable geological settings for uranium and the geologic regions of Mexico is reported. Mexico is a country with considerable areas that appear promising for discovery of sandstone, vein, and tuff-related deposits. On the other hand, its potential for Precambrian conglomerate and unconformity-related deposits is limited. Considering these geologic factors, as well as the relatively limited amount of exploration done to date, a guesstimate of speculative potential

  19. Population parameters of an exploited population of Isostichopus fuscus (Holothuroidea) in the southern Gulf of California, Mexico

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    Reyes Bonilla, H.; Herrero Perezrul, María Dinorah

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    This study presents data on size structure, growth, natural and fishing mortality rates, probability of capture and seasonal recruitment to the fishery of an exploited stock of the holothurian Isostichopus fuscus from San Gabriel Bay, southern Gulf of California, México, sampled in 1992-1993 (259 specimens), and analyzed with size frequency methods. Mean±S.E. length and weight (19.27±0.29 cm; 338.17±9.31 g) indicated that individuals from the population were smaller than those from the northe...

  20. Developing New Management Techniques for Sharks in the Drift Gillnet Fishery of the Southern California Bight

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    The Southern California Bight (SCB) is a contiguous geographical region that extends from Point Conception, California to northern Baja California and west into the California Current. This region’s productive ecosystem supports various recreational and commercial fisheries, some of which target pelagic sharks. For example, the common thresher shark (Alopias vulpinus) comprises the largest commercial shark fishery in California waters (the California drift gillnet fishery, or CA-DGF. Mako sha...

  1. The Role of Rift Obliquity in Formation of the Gulf of California

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    Bennett, Scott Edmund Kelsey

    The Gulf of California illustrates how highly oblique rift geometries, where transform faults are kinematically linked to large-offset normal faults in adjacent pull-apart basins, enhance the ability of continental lithosphere to rupture and, ultimately, hasten the formation of new oceanic basins. The Gulf of California rift has accommodated oblique divergence of the Pacific and North America tectonic plates in northwestern Mexico since Miocene time. Due to its infancy, the rifted margins of the Gulf of California preserve a rare onshore record of early continental break-up processes from which to investigate the role of rift obliquity in strain localization. Using new high-precision paleomagnetic vectors from tectonically stable sites in north-central Baja California, I compile a paleomagnetic transect of Miocene ignimbrites across northern Baja California and Sonora that reveals the timing and distribution of dextral shear associated with inception of this oblique rift. I integrate detailed geologic mapping, basin analysis, and geochronology of pre-rift and syn-rift volcanic units to determine the timing of fault activity on Isla Tiburon, a proximal onshore exposure of the rifted North America margin, adjacent to the axis of the Gulf of California. The onset of strike-slip faulting on Isla Tiburon, ca. 8 - 7 Ma, was synchronous with the onset of transform faulting along a significant length of the nascent plate boundary within the rift. This tectonic transition coincides with a clockwise azimuthal shift in Pacific-North America relative motion that increased rift obliquity. I constrain the earliest marine conditions on southwest Isla Tiburon to ca. 6.4 - 6.0 Ma, coincident with a regional latest Miocene marine incursion in the northern proto-Gulf of California. This event likely flooded a narrow, incipient topographic depression along a ˜650 km-long portion of the latest Miocene plate boundary and corresponds in time and space with formation of a newly

  2. El proceso de industrialización en Baja California

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    Agustín Sández Pérez

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    Full Text Available El presente trabajo plantea como propósito central indagar sobre uno de los periodos del desarrollo industrial bajacaliforniano. Este ensayo aborda el papel de la política gubernamental y su efecto sobre la estructura económica de esta región fronteriza. Su historia económica presenta diversas modalidades de participación del capital extranjero. Los enfoques y actitudes del gobierno mexicano en su relación con los Estados Unidos han resultado cada vez más determinantes sobre los acontecimientos económicos regionales.

  3. Sistemas sanitarios alternativos para la ciudad de Tijuana, Baja California

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    Alberto Pombo

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    Full Text Available En la ciudad de Tijuana, el tiempo promedio entre el asentamiento en las colonias periurbanas y la obtención del servicio de drenaje sanitario es de 14 años. Para mitigar esta problemática social proponemos una secuencia temporal y espacial de cuatro sistemas sanitarios alternativos para las áreas urbanas y periurbanas con población de menores ingresos y que carecen de acceso a la red de drenaje municipal. Nuestra propuesta incluye letrinas de pozo ventilado, fosas sépticas, excusado de bajo volumen de agua y sistema de drenaje simplificado, todos de bajo consumo de agua. Esta propuesta considera la construcción de un sistema sanitario básico de bajo costo e impacto, modificable a medida que se cuente con mejores ingresos. Con base en un análisis espacial de la distribución de servicios, se propone la localización de los distintos sistemas sanitarios a partir de la disponibilidad o carencia de agua entubada, así como ubicación y cercanía a la red de drenaje municipal.

  4. Salud reproductiva entre migrantes de Tijuana, Baja California

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    Germán Vega Briones

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available La idea central de este artículo es mostrar el nivel de conocimientos, los mitos y actitudes de mig rantes que laboran o han laborado en Estados Unidos y analizar cómo ha impactado su t rabajo en la Unión Americana en términos de su salud reproductiva y sexual.

  5. Job market in the northern border of Mexico: Structure and employment policies

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    Jorge Eduardo Mendoza

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The study analyzes the factors that have impacted the labor market and employment in the northern border of Mexico and in its most important border cities. The economic growth of the region is related to the labor market. Additionally, the most important employment policies, both at the national and the regional level, are described showing their advantages and limitations. It is shown that the rates of open unemployment are lower in the northern border, although there is an important pressure to provide employment for the increasing labor force. With respect to training, the states of Baja California and Nuevo Leon stand out for their industrial, technical and managerial courses. The employment polices have been an important tool for offsetting the increasing unemployment rates but have been only a partial instrument, since structural reforms in education and infrastructure development are required to promote investment and create employment.

  6. The U.S.-Mexico Border Infectious Disease Surveillance Project: Establishing Binational Border Surveillance

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    Waterman, Stephen; Lucas, Carlos Alvarez; Falcon, Veronica Carrion; Morales, Pablo Kuri; Lopez, Luis Anaya; Peter, Chris; Gutiérrez, Alejandro Escobar; Gonzalez, Ernesto Ramirez; Flisser, Ana; Bryan, Ralph; Valle, Enrique Navarro; Rodriguez, Alfonso; Hernandez, Gerardo Alvarez; Rosales, Cecilia; Ortiz, Javier Arias; Landen, Michael; Vilchis, Hugo; Rawlings, Julie; Leal, Francisco Lopez; Ortega, Luis; Flagg, Elaine; Conyer, Roberto Tapia; Cetron, Martin

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    In 1997, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Mexican Secretariat of Health, and border health officials began the development of the Border Infectious Disease Surveillance (BIDS) project, a surveillance system for infectious diseases along the U.S.-Mexico border. During a 3-year period, a binational team implemented an active, sentinel surveillance system for hepatitis and febrile exanthems at 13 clinical sites. The network developed surveillance protocols, trained nine surveillance coordinators, established serologic testing at four Mexican border laboratories, and created agreements for data sharing and notification of selected diseases and outbreaks. BIDS facilitated investigations of dengue fever in Texas-Tamaulipas and measles in California–Baja California. BIDS demonstrates that a binational effort with local, state, and federal participation can create a regional surveillance system that crosses an international border. Reducing administrative, infrastructure, and political barriers to cross-border public health collaboration will enhance the effectiveness of disease prevention projects such as BIDS. PMID:12533288

  7. Seismic Imaging of Rifted Margins in the Southern Gulf of California

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    Paramo, P.; Holbrook, S. W.; Brown, H. E.; Lizarralde, D.; Umhoefer, P.; Kent, G.; Harding, A.; Fletcher, J.; Gonzalez, A.; Axen, G.

    2004-12-01

    We present preliminary velocity models from two wide-angle seismic transects located in the southern Gulf of California along with coincident seismic reflection images. Continental rupture in the Gulf of California occurred recently and the conjugate margins can be studied with little uncertainty in plate reconstruction. Therefore it is considered an ideal place to analyze patterns of crustal extension and rift magmatism. The seismic reflection data were acquired with a 6-km-long streamer, 480-channel, aboard R/V Maurice Ewing, and ocean-bottom seismographs (OBSs) were deployed from R/V New Horizon. Onshore seismographs were also deployed along onshore extensions of the transects. Transect 5W runs northwest-southeast from the Los Cabos block, at the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula, to the East Pacific Rise in the mouth of the Gulf. Transect 0E runs northeast-southwest from the hills of Sierra Madre in mainland Mexico near Mazatlán to approximately 115 km into the Gulf of California. Preliminary velocity models from Transect 5W margin show an abrupt transition from a 25-km-thick continental crust to an oceanic crust of normal thickness. Transect 0E crosses what is believed to be extended continental crust and lies in the initial direction of extension characteristic of the protogulf.

  8. Supporting the minority physician pipeline: providing global health experiences to undergraduate students in the United States–Mexico border region

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    Jose L. Burgos

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Background: The sizeable US Latino population calls for increasing the pipeline of minority and bilingual physicians who can provide culturally competent care. Currently, only 5.5% of US providers are Hispanic/Latino, compared with 16% of the US population (i.e., >50.5 million persons. By 2060, it is predicted that about one-third of all US residents will be of Latino ethnicity. Activities and outcomes: This article describes the Health Frontiers in Tijuana Undergraduate Internship Program (HFiT-UIP, a new quarterly undergraduate internship program based at a US–Mexico binational student-run free clinic and sponsored by the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California in Tijuana, Mexico. The HFiT-UIP provides learning opportunities for students and underrepresented minorities interested in medical careers, specifically Latino health. Discussion: The HFiT-UIP might serve as a model for other educational partnerships across the US–Mexico border region and may help minority and other undergraduates seeking academic and community-based enrichment experiences. The HFiT-UIP can also support students’ desires to learn about Latino, border, and global health within resource-limited settings.

  9. Temperature and heat wave trends in northwest Mexico

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    Martínez-Austria, Polioptro F.; Bandala, Erick R.; Patiño-Gómez, Carlos

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    Increase in temperature extremes is one of the main expected impacts of climate change, as well as one of the first signs of its occurrence. Nevertheless, results emerging from General Circulation Models, while sufficient for large scales, are not enough for forecasting local trends and, hence, the IPCC has called for local studies based on on-site data. Indeed, it is expected that climate extremes will be detected much earlier than changes in climate averages. Heat waves are among the most important and least studied climate extremes, however its occurrence has been only barely studied and even its very definition remains controversial. This paper discusses the observed changes in temperature trends and heat waves in Northwestern Mexico, one of the most vulnerable regions of the country. The climate records in two locations of the region are analyzed, including one of the cities with extreme climate in Mexico, Mexicali City in the state of Baja California and the Yaqui River basin at Sonora State using three different methodologies. Results showed clear trends on temperature increase and occurrence of heat waves in both of the study zones using the three methodologies proposed. As result, some policy making suggestion are included in order to increase the adaptability of the studied regions to climate change, particularly related with heat wave occurrence.

  10. Hydrocarbons emissions from Cerro Prieto Geothermal Power Plant, Mexico

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    Navarro, Karina; Navarro-González, Rafael; de la Rosa, José; Peralta, Oscar; Castro, Telma; Imaz, Mireya

    2014-05-01

    One of the most important environmental issues related to the use of geothermal fluids to generate electricity is the emission of non-condensable gases to the atmosphere. Mexico has one of the largest geothermal plants in the world. The facility is located at Cerro Prieto, Baja California, roughly 30 km south of Mexicali and the international boundary between Mexico and United States. The Cerro Prieto power plant has 13 units grouped on four individual powerhouses. Gas samples from 9 units of the four powerhouses were collected during 4 campaigns conducted in May-July, 2010, February, 2012, December, 2012, and May, 2013. Gas samples from the stacks were collected in 1000 ml Pyrex round flasks with Teflon stopcocks, and analyzed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Methane was the most abundant aliphatic hydrocarbon, with a concentration that ranged from less than 1% up to 3.5% of the total gas mixture. Normal alkanes represented the second most abundant species, and displayed a decreasing abundance with increasing carbon number in the homologous series. Isoalkanes were also present as isobutane and isopentane. Cycloalkanes occurring as cyclopentane and cyclohexane, were detected only at trace level. Unsaturated hydrocarbons (alkenes and alkynes) were not detected. Benzene was detected at levels ranging from less than 1% up to 3.4% of the total gas mixture. Other aromatic hydrocarbons detected were toluene, and xylenes, and were present at lower concentrations (

  11. Late Quaternary climatic and oceanographic changes in the Northeast Pacific as recorded by dinoflagellate cysts from Guaymas Basin, Gulf of California (Mexico)

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    Price, Andrea M.; Mertens, Kenneth N.; Pospelova, Vera; Pedersen, Thomas F.; Ganeshram, Raja S.

    2013-01-01

    A high-resolution record of organic-walled dinoflagellate cyst production in Guaymas Basin, Gulf of California (Mexico) reveals a complex paleoceanographic history over the last ~40 ka. Guaymas Basin is an excellent location to perform high resolution studies of changes in late Quaternary climate and paleo-productivity because it is characterized by high primary productivity, high sedimentation rates, and low oxygen bottom waters. These factors contribute to the deposition and preservation of laminated sediments throughout large portions of the core MD02-2515. In this study, we document dinoflagellate cyst production at a centennial to millennial scale throughout the late Quaternary. Based on the cyst assemblages, three dinoflagellate cyst zones were established and roughly correspond to Marine Isotope Stages (MISs) 1 to 3. MISs 1 and 3 are dominated by cysts of heterotrophic dinoflagellates, whereas MIS 2 is characterized by enhanced variability and a greater proportion of cysts produced by autotrophic taxa. The most dominant dinoflagellate cyst taxa found throughout the core were Brigantedinium spp. and Operculodinium centrocarpum. Dansgaard-Oeschger event 8 is observed in the dinoflagellate cyst record where it is characterized by an increase in warm taxa, such as Spiniferites pachydermus. Other intervals of interest are the Younger Dryas where warmer conditions are recorded and the Holocene which is characterized by the consistent presence of tropical species Stelladinium reidii, Tuberculodinidum vancampoae, Bitectatodinium spongium, and an increase in Quinquecuspis concreta. Changes in cyst assemblages, concentrations, and species diversity, along with geochemical data reflect major orbital to millennial-scale climatic and oceanographic changes.

  12. WATER TEMPERATURE, SALINITY, and HYDROSTATIC PRESSURE collected from R/V Point Sur in Entrance to the Gulf of California from 2013-04-19 to 2013-05-02 (NCEI Accession 0131072)

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Hydrographic data were collected in Pescadero Basin (at the entrance to the Gulf of California) and subsequently along the West Coast of Baja California and...

  13. Washington coast sablefish - Reproductive Life History Analysis of Sablefish Populations off the Washington and California Coasts

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria) have a wide distribution along the Pacific coast, extending from Baja California to Alaska, the Bering Sea and through to the eastern...

  14. AIRS Storm Front Approaching California (animation)

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    [figure removed for brevity, see original site] Click on the image for the AIRS Storm Front Approaching California Animation NASA's Atmospheric Infrared Sounder instrument is able to peel back cloud cover to reveal 3-D structure of a storm's water vapor content, information that can be used to improve weather forecast models. In this animation the initial visible cloud image series shows a front moving toward the West Coast of the United States as a low pressure area moves into the Pacific Northwest. The 'Pineapple Express,' a stream of moisture that originates in the tropics South of Hawaii and usually crosses Mexico to enter New Mexico and Texas, has shifted Westward and is also visible moving into Baja California. The area preceding the front appears to be relatively clear in the visible images. As the view shifts from the visible to the infrared wavelengths which highlight water vapor, we see both cloud areas contain heavy burdens of moisture. The area which appears clear in the visible images is seen to contain water vapor near the coastline as well. The viewpoint then rotates so that we can see the vertical cross section of the fronts. The variability of the vertical extent of water vapor and the amount is now clearly visible. The storm moving in from the Gulf of Alaska is more heavily laden with water vapor than that moving in from the Southwest. The moisture is concentrated in the lower atmosphere. The colors indicate the amount of water vapor present. Blue areas denote low water vapor content; green areas are medium water vapor content; red areas signify high water vapor content. The vertical grid for the final frame ranges from 250 millibar pressure at the top to 1000 millibar pressure at the bottom. The top is about 10 km (6.2 miles) above the surface of the Earth. The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder Experiment, with its visible, infrared, and microwave detectors, provides a three-dimensional look at Earth's weather. Working in tandem, the three instruments

  15. Tracking recent climate and anthropogenic change in Central America in sediments form the lower fan of the Rio Yaqui, Gulf of California, Mexico

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    Aiello, I. W.; Ravelo, A. C.; Moraes, R.; Swarzenski, P. W.

    2015-12-01

    We report the results of preliminary sedimentologic analyses of a ~3.3m long piston core (P13) collected in the lower fan of the Rio Yaqui (Guaymas Basin, Gulf of California; depth, 1859m) by UNAM's (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) research ship El Puma in 2014. The core was collected to test the potential for high-resolution reconstructions of basin-scale paleoclimate in the Pacific and the Mesoamerican region. Shipboard and post-cruise analyses include magnetic susceptibility (MS), smear slide counts and laser diffraction particle size analysis. The core is being analyzed for X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) and color reflectance, and a 210Pb age model is being constructed. Preliminary results show that Rio Yaqui lower fan sediment differs significantly from that in the Guaymas Basin, which is dominantly diatom ooze. The lower ~2m of core P13 show prominent alternations (~10-20cm) between very-fine-grained, clay intervals characterized by higher MS and mixed diatom and clay intervals, with coarser grain size and lower MS values. In contrast, the upper ~1m has distinctive high MS sand turbidites alternating with diatom-rich layers. Previous core studies from nearby ODP Leg 64 site show sedimentation rates of ~1.2 m/ka; as these sites are further away from the Yaqui delta the sedimentation rates for core P13 should be higher possibly recording only the last few hundred years of sedimentation. Clay/diatom cycles in the lower part of the core could record decadal- or ENSO-scale wet/aridity cycles in the Sonoran Mainland. Conversely, the coarser siliciclastic intervals and the diatom layers in the upper part of the core could reflect the last few decades of land usage in the watershed of the Rio Yaqui, the most important river in the state of Sonora, Mexico. These include large modifications to the river's hydrography (e.g. construction of dams and aqueducts), rapidly expanding mass agricultural practices in the region, and increased eutrophication in the Gulf.

  16. Arsenic and fluoride in the groundwater of Mexico.

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    Armienta, M A; Segovia, N

    2008-08-01

    Concentrations of arsenic and fluoride above Mexican drinking water standards have been detected in aquifers of various areas of Mexico. This contamination has been found to be mainly caused by natural sources. However, the specific processes releasing these toxic elements into groundwater have been determined in a few zones only. Many studies, focused on arsenic-related health effects, have been performed at Comarca Lagunera in northern México. High concentrations of fluoride in water were also found in this area. The origin of the arsenic there is still controversial. Groundwater in active mining areas has been polluted by both natural and anthropogenic sources. Arsenic-rich minerals contaminate the fractured limestone aquifer at Zimapán, Central México. Tailings and deposits smelter-rich fumes polluted the shallow granular aquifer. Arsenic contamination has also been reported in the San Antonio-El Triunfo mining zone, southern Baja California, and Santa María de la Paz, in San Luis Potosí state. Even in the absence of mining activities, hydrogeochemistry and statistical techniques showed that arsenopyrite oxidation may also contaminate water, as in the case of the Independencia aquifer in the Mexican Altiplano. High concentrations of arsenic have also been detected in geothermal areas like Los Azufres, Los Humeros, and Acoculco. Prevalence of dental fluorosis was revealed by epidemiological studies in Aguascalientes and San Luis Potosí states. Presence of fluoride in water results from dissolution of acid-volcanic rocks. In Mexico, groundwater supplies most drinking water. Current knowledge and the geology of Mexico indicate the need to include arsenic and fluoride determinations in groundwater on a routine basis, and to develop interdisciplinary studies to assess the contaminant's sources in all enriched areas. PMID:18335171

  17. The contribution of tropical cyclones to rainfall in Mexico

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    Agustín Breña-Naranjo, J.; Pedrozo-Acuña, Adrián; Pozos-Estrada, Oscar; Jiménez-López, Salma A.; López-López, Marco R.

    Investigating the contribution of tropical cyclones to the terrestrial water cycle can help quantify the benefits and hazards caused by the rainfall generated from this type of hydro-meteorological event. Rainfall induced by tropical cyclones can enhance both flood risk and groundwater recharge, and it is therefore important to characterise its minimum, mean and maximum contributions to a region or country's water balance. This work evaluates the rainfall contribution of tropical depressions, storms and hurricanes across Mexico from 1998 to 2013 using the satellite-derived precipitation dataset TMPA 3B42. Additionally, the sensitivity of rainfall to other datasets was assessed: the national rain gauge observation network, real-time satellite rainfall and a merged product that combines rain gauges with non-calibrated space-borne rainfall measurements. The lower Baja California peninsula had the highest contribution from cyclonic rainfall in relative terms (∼40% of its total annual rainfall), whereas the contributions in the rest of the country showed a low-to-medium dependence on tropical cyclones, with mean values ranging from 0% to 20%. In quantitative terms, southern regions of Mexico can receive more than 2400 mm of cyclonic rainfall during years with significant TC activity. Moreover, (a) the number of tropical cyclones impacting Mexico has been significantly increasing since 1998, but cyclonic contributions in relative and quantitative terms have not been increasing, and (b) wind speed and rainfall intensity during cyclones are not highly correlated. Future work should evaluate the impacts of such contributions on surface and groundwater hydrological processes and connect the knowledge gaps between the magnitude of tropical cyclones, flood hazards, and economic losses.

  18. El estado actual de los tiburones y rayas sujectos a explotación comercial en el Golfo de California: una investigación aplicada al mejoramiento de su manejo pesquero y conservación

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    Bizzarro, Joseph J.; Smith, Wade D.; Hueter, Robert E.; Tyminski, John; Márquez– Farías, J. Fernando; Castillo–Géniz, J. Leonardo; Cailliet, Gregor M.; Villavicencio–Garayzar, Carlos J.

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    Se realizaron prospecciones estacionales durante 1998–1999 en Baja California, Baja California Sur, Sonora y Sinaloa para determinar la dimensión y las actividades de las pesquerías artesanales de elasmobranquios dentro del Golfo de California. Ciento cuarenta y siete campamentos o sitios pesqueros fueron documentados, la mayoría de los cuales (n= 83) fueron localizados en Baja California Sur. Entre los campamentos con información pesquera adecuada, la gran mayoría (85.7%) pescaron elasmobran...

  19. Social Capital, Organic Agriculture, and Sustainable Livelihood Security: Rethinking Agrarian Change in Mexico

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    Getz, Christy

    2008-01-01

    This paper explores the relevance of extra local market linkages and local-level social capital to sustainable livelihood outcomes in two agrarian communities on Mexico's Baja Peninsula. Contextualized by the specificity of Mexico's transition from state-directed rural development to neoliberally-guided rural development in the 1990s, findings…

  20. Influence of oceanographic processes on the early life stages of the blue shrimp ( Litopenaeus stylirostris) in the Upper Gulf of California

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    Calderon-Aguilera, L. E.; Marinone, S. G.; Aragón-Noriega, E. A.

    2003-02-01

    The possible relationship between circulation patterns and the recruitment of early stages of penaeid shrimp in the Upper Gulf of California was explored by collecting postlarvae (mesh size 0.505 mm) simultaneously in two locations, one off the coast of Sonora (Golfo de Santa Clara: 31°44'49ʺN-114°33'12ʺW) and the other off the Baja California peninsula (San Felipe: 31°11'8.3ʺ N-114°53'13.9ʺW) during two complete fortnightly cycles (July 12-27, 1995 and June 30-July 16, 1996). Individuals with cephalothoracic length from 0.8 to 3.91 mm without a clear size-increasing pattern were found throughout the sampling period, suggesting continuous recruitment to the area. The circulation in the study area was simulated with a three-dimensional baroclinic model forced with tides and climatological hydrography at the mouth of the Gulf of California, and winds and heat and freshwater fluxes at the sea-air interface. Spawning stock surveys have shown that maximum concentration of mature females is near the coast of Sonora (mainland Mexico). The model predicts surface currents of about 8 cm s -1 and suggests that postlarvae found off the coast of the peninsula may come from a different reproductive unit than those found off the mainland coast. This may explain why postlarvae found in Golfo de Santa Clara (mainland) are larger (and, presumably, older) than those found in San Felipe (Baja California). Possible relationships among circulation patterns, lunar cycle, former Colorado River runoffs and time of spawning are discussed.

  1. AIR QUALITY IMPACTS OF LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS IN THE SOUTH COAST AIR BASIN OF CALIFORNIA

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    Carerras-Sospedra, Marc; Brouwer, Jack; Dabdub, Donald; Lunden, Melissa; Singer, Brett

    2011-07-01

    The effects of liquefied natural gas (LNG) on pollutant emission inventories and air quality in the South Coast Air Basin of California were evaluated using recent LNG emission measurements by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), and with a state-of-the-art air quality model. Pollutant emissions can be affected by LNG owing to differences in composition and physical properties, including the Wobbe index, a measure of energy delivery rate. This analysis uses LNG distribution scenarios developed by modeling Southern California gas flows, including supplies from the LNG receiving terminal in Baja California, Mexico. Based on these scenarios, the projected penetratino of LNG in the South Coast Air Basin is expected to be limited. In addition, the increased Wobbe index of delivered gas (resulting from mixtures of LNG and conventional gas supplies) is expected to cause increases smaller than 0.05 percent in overall (area-wide) emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx). BAsed on the photochemical state of the South Coast Air Basin, any increase in NOx is expected to cause an increase in the highest local ozone concentrations, and this is reflected in model results. However, the magnitude of the increase is well below the generally accepted accuracy of the model and would not be discernible with the existing monitoring network. Modeling of hypothetical scenarios indicates that discernible changes to ambient ozone and particulate matter concentrations would occur only at LNG distribution rates that are not achievable with current or planned infrastructure and with Wobbe index vlaues that exceed current gas quality tariffs. Results of these hypothetical scenarios are presented for consideration of any proposed substantial expansion of LNG supply infrastructure in Southern California.

  2. Prevalence of risk factors for HIV infection among Mexican migrants and immigrants: probability survey in the north border of Mexico Prevalencia de factores de riesgo para la infección por VIH entre migrantes mexicanos: encuesta probabilística en la frontera norte de México

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    M. Gudelia Rangel

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To estimate the prevalence of risk factors for HIV infection among Mexican migrants and immigrants (MMIs in different geographic contexts, including the sending communities in Mexico, the receiving communities in the United States (US, and the Mexican North border region. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We conducted a probability survey among MMIs traveling through key border crossing sites in the Tijuana (Baja California, Mexico-San Diego (California, US border region (N=1 429. RESULTS: The survey revealed substantial rates of reported sexually transmitted infections, needle-sharing and sexual risk practices in all migration contexts. CONCLUSIONS: The estimated levels of HIV risk call for further binational research and preventive interventions in all key geographic contexts of the migration experience to identify and tackle the different personal, environmental, and structural determinants of HIV risk in each of these contexts.OBJETIVO: Estimar la prevalencia de prácticas de riesgo para la infección por VIH en migrantes mexicanos durante su estancia en distintos contextos geográficos, incluyendo sus comunidades de origen en México, las comunidades de destino en Estados Unidos de América (EUA, y la frontera Norte de México. MATERIAL Y MÉTODOS: Encuesta probabilística de migrantes mexicanos que transitan por la región fronteriza Tijuana (Baja California, México-San Diego (California, EUA (N=1 429. RESULTADOS: La encuesta reveló una alta prevalencia de infecciones de transmisión sexual, uso compartido de agujas, y prácticas sexuales de riesgo en todos los contextos geográficos estudiados. CONCLUSIONES: Los niveles de riesgo de infección por VIH estimados para migrantes mexicanos en diferentes contextos geográficos exigen estudios e intervenciones preventivas binacionales que identifiquen y aborden los distintos factores de riesgo personales, ambientales, y estructurales que contribuyen al riesgo de infección por VIH en cada

  3. March 2007 Scripps Institute of Oceanography (SIO) Lidar of the Southern California Coastline: Long Beach to the US/Mexico Border

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — This lidar point data set was collected during low tide conditions along an approximately 500-700 meter wide strip of the Southern California coastline within an...

  4. Estimating maquiladora hazardous waste generation on the U.S./Mexico border

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    Bowen, Mace M.; Kontuly, Thomas; Hepner, George F.

    1995-03-01

    Maquiladoras, manufacturing plants that primarily assemble foreign components for reexport, are located in concentrations along the northern frontier of the US/Mexico border. These plants process a wide variety of materials using modern industrial technologies within the context of developing world institutions and infrastructure. Hazardous waste generation by maquiladoras represents a critical environmental management issue because of the spatial concentration of these plants in border municipalities where the infrastructure for waste management is nonexistent or poor. These border municipalities contain rapidly increasing populations, which further stress their waste handling infrastructure capacities while exposing their populations to greater contaminant risks. Limited empirical knowledge exists concerning hazardous waste types and generation rates from maquiladorsas. There is no standard reporting method for waste generation or methodology for estimating generation rates at this time. This paper presents a method that can be used for the rapid assessment of hazardous waste generation. A first approximation of hazardous waste generation is produced for maquiladoras in the three municipalities of Nogales, Sonora, Mexicali, Baja California, and Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua, using the INVENT model developed by the World Bank. In addition, our intent is to evaluate the potential of the INVENT model for adaptation to the US/Mexico border industrial situation. The press of border industrial development, especially with the recent adoption of the NAFTA, make such assessments necessary as a basis for the environmental policy formulation and management needed in the immediate future.

  5. Health impacts of power-exporting plants in northern Mexico

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    In the past two decades, rapid population and economic growth on the U.S.–Mexico border has spurred a dramatic increase in electricity demand. In response, American energy multinationals have built power plants just south of the border that export most of their electricity to the U.S. This development has stirred considerable controversy because these plants effectively skirt U.S. air pollution regulations in a severely degraded international airshed. Yet to our knowledge, this concern has not been subjected to rigorous scrutiny. This paper uses a suite of air dispersion, health impacts, and valuation models to assess the human health damages in the U.S. and Mexico caused by air emissions from two power-exporting plants in Mexicali, Baja California. We find that these emissions have limited but nontrivial health impacts, mostly by exacerbating particulate pollution in the U.S., and we value these damages at more than half a million dollars per year. These findings demonstrate that power-exporting plants can have cross-border health effects and bolster the case for systematically evaluating their environmental impacts. - Highlights: ► We estimate the health effects of emissions from Mexican electric power plants exporting to the U.S. ► The plants have limited but nontrivial effects, mostly from particulate pollution in the U.S. ► We value these damages at more than half a million dollars per year. ► Hence, power-exporting plants can have significant cross-border health effects.

  6. Geodynamics of the Gulf of California from surface wave tomography

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    Zhang, X.; Paulssen, H.

    2012-01-01

    The Gulf of California, which forms part of the Pacific-North American plate boundary, is an ideal place to investigate upper mantle dynamics in a continental rifting area. With 19 seismic stations located around the gulf, the NARS-Baja experiment (2002-2008) was designed to image its crustal and ma

  7. Neotectonics across an active oblique-divergent plate margin, SW Gulf of California

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    Umhoefer, P.; Arrowsmith, R.; Kent, G.; Driscoll, N.; Martínez-Gutiérrez, G.; Malservisi, R.; Plattner, C.; Busch, M.; Maloney, S.; Buchanan, B.

    2008-12-01

    Onshore and offshore paleoseismology provides new constraints on late Quaternary to present deformation rates across the SW margin of the Gulf of California plate boundary at the latitude of La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico. The paleoseismology is being conducted in an innovative approach using traditional onshore techniques and CHIRP seismic data in the immediate offshore area on the same fault systems; the CHIRP survey was completed in August, 2008. From west to east the Carrizal, San Juan de los Planes (SJP), and La Gata faults are being studied in detail, and to date the San Jose del Cabo (SJC) fault is being studied in reconnaissance. GPS results suggest rates of motion across the whole array (including the offshore Espiritu Santo and Cerralvo faults) of 1-2 mm/year. Estimated slip rates in the late Quaternary on the Carrizal fault from uplifted marine terraces, mapping, dating units, and two trenches are 0.1 - 0.2 mm/yr. Estimated slip rates from the Los Planes fault is 0.1 to possibly as much as 1 mm/yr. Modern bathymetric data and earthquakes in 1969 (M=5.6) and 1995 (M=6.2) on the Cerralvo and Espiritu Santo faults, respectively, suggest that those faults are much more active than the Carrizal and Los Planes faults. Reconnaissance on the Cabo fault suggests that it was, and possibly remains, a more active fault, perhaps in the range of 0.5 mm/yr. We conclude from the ongoing project that the faulting pattern across the SW margin of the Gulf of California is dominated by a large step from the major Cerralvo and Cabo faults in the south to the NW to the Espiritu Santo fault on the east side of Espiritu Santo Island; these faults define the eastern edge of the narrow shallow marine shelf and the highest onshore mountain range in the southern Baja California peninsula suggesting that they were the major faults that produced the edge of the oblique rift for most or all of its history. The Los Planes - La Gata faults would be the southern splays of the

  8. Evaluation of the energy potential, biogenesis and essential characteristics of the geothermal submarine systems in Mexico; Evaluacion del potencial, biogenesis y caracteristicas esenciales de los sistemas geotermicos submarinos en Mexico

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    Suarez Arriaga, Mario Cesar [Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas Hidalgo, Morelia, Michoacan (Mexico)

    2004-12-01

    Geothermal energy in Mexico embraces both near-surface traditional reservoirs located between 500 and 3000 meters depth, and deep geothermal resources over 3000 meters in depth. Non-traditional geothermal energy sources in Mexico include the deep portions and boundaries of traditional hydrothermal reservoirs, systems in hot dry or wet rock, geo-pressured reservoirs in the Gulf of Mexico and hydrothermal submarine systems mainly located close to the northern Mexican coast of the Pacific Ocean. Deep submarine energy is related to the existence of hydrothermal vents emerging in many places along the oceanic spreading centers between tectonic plates. These systems have a total length of about 65,000 km in the Earth's oceanic crust. There are two kinds of ocean systems in the Gulf of California: deep resources, located along the rifts between tectonic plates of oceanic crust over 2000 m below sea level, and shallow resources near continental platforms at 20-50 m depth. The shallow, submarine heat is related to faults and fractures in the sea bottom close to some coasts. This type of shallow, sub-sea system is found offshore at Punta Banda in Ensenada, Baja California. The preliminary energy potential of such reservoirs is estimated at an average of 1120 MWt per cubic kilometer of sub-sea rock. The specific chemical characteristics of the submarine hydrothermal waters found in those systems indicate that water-oceanic rock interactions occur under high-temperature and high-pressure conditions. At the same time, submarine geothermal energy supports rich biological communities at depths where living organisms find no sunlight for photosynthesis. Recent research suggests that possible locations for the synthesis of chemical needed for the origin of life include submarine hydrothermal systems. [Spanish] La energia geotermica en Mexico abarca todos los tipos de sistemas conocidos. Desde los grandes reservorios tradicionales, localizados entre 500 y 3000 metros de

  9. WIPP conceptual design report. Addendum D. A report to Holmes and Narver, Inc., Anaheim, California on alternative energy sources for Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, Carlsbad, New Mexico

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    This report presents the results of a technical and economic analysis of alternative methods of meeting the energy needs of a proposed Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) to be located in southeastern New Mexico. The WIPP is a facility for underground storage of radioactive wastes in a deep salt bed. The report analyzes a total of sixteen possible methods for meeting WIPP energy requirements, consisting of purchased electricity and on-site generation in various combinations from full purchased to full on-site

  10. Reordenación de la mortalidad en el noroeste de México, según el índice de años de vida productivos perdidos Mortality ranking in the Northwest of Mexico according to the years of potential life lost index

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    Ramón Alberto Rascón-Pacheco

    1999-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Determinar el orden de causas de muerte en las entidades federativas de la región noroeste de México, utilizando el índice de años de vida productivos perdidos (AVPPipc. MATERIAL Y MÉTODOS: Se utilizó la base de datos elaborada por el Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Geografía e Informática, sobre mortalidad en Baja California, Baja California Sur, Sinaloa y Sonora para 1995. Se siguieron los pasos de Bustamante y colaboradores para ponderar las defunciones entre la inversión, la producción y el consumo potencial de cada individuo, de acuerdo con la etapa de productividad en que los individuos fallecen. RESULTADOS: Al utilizar el indicador AVPPipc se reordenaron las causas de muerte. En las cuatro entidades federativas el grupo de edad con mayor pérdida potencial es el de 5 a 14 años, sobre todo en Baja California y Sonora. De acuerdo con la IX Clasificación Internacional de Enfermedades, el grupo de causas "Ciertas afecciones originadas en el periodo perinatal" ocupa el primer lugar en tres de las entidades federativas, y el de "Homicidios y lesiones infligidas intencionalmente por otra persona" es el primero en Sinaloa. CONCLUSIONES: Este trabajo resalta el hecho de que al utilizar un indicador de años potencialmente perdidos con una ponderación económica, se puede hacer una discriminación entre las entidades federativas, dentro de una región aparentemente homogénea en la mortalidad.OBJECTIVE: To determine the order of death causes in the Northwestern states of Mexico using the years of potential life lost (YPLL index. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The 1995 INEGI mortality data base for the states of Baja California, Baja California Sur, Sinaloa and Sonora was used to estimate the YPLL index. The method by Bustamante et al. was followed to calculate the cause of death, with ponderation of the potential investment, production and consumption of each individual, according to the age of death. RESULTS: A ranking of cause

  11. California Coastal Low Clouds: Variability and Influences across Climate to Weather and Continental to Local Scales

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    Schwartz, Rachel E.

    Low coastal stratiform clouds (stratus, stratocumulus, and fog), referred to here as coastal low cloudiness (CLC), are a persistent seasonal feature of continental west coasts, including California. The importance of CLC ranges across fields, with applications ranging from solar resource forecasting, growth of endemic species, and heat wave expression and related health impacts. This dissertation improves our understanding of California's summertime CLC by describing its variability and influences on a range of scales from multidecadal to daily and continental to local. A novel achievement is the development of a new 19-year satellite-derived low cloud record. Trained on airport observations, this high resolution record plays a critical role in the description of CLC at finer spatial and shorter timescales. Observations at coastal airports from Alaska to southern California reveal coherent interannual to interdecadal variation of CLC. The leading mode of CLC variability, accounting for nearly 40% of the total variance, and the majority of individual airports, exhibit decreasing low cloudiness from 1950 to 2012. The coherent patterns of CLC variability are organized by North Pacific Sea Surface Temperature (SST) anomalies, linked to the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO). The new satellite-derived low cloud retrieval reveals, in rich spatial texture, considerable variability in CLC within May-September. The average maximum cloudiness moves northward along the coast, from northern Baja, Mexico to northern California, from May to early August. Both component parts of lower tropospheric stability (LTS), SST and free-troposphere temperature, control this seasonal movement. The peak timing of cloudiness and daytime maximum temperatures are most closely aligned in northern California. On weather timescales, daily CLC anomalies are most strongly related to stability anomalies to the north (climatologically upwind) of the CLC region. CLC is strongly linked to stability in

  12. Exploring scenarios of light pollution from coastal development reaching sea turtle nesting beaches near Cabo Pulmo, Mexico

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    Gregory M. Verutes

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available New coastal development may offer economic benefits to resort builders and even local communities, but these projects can also impact local ecosystems, key wildlife, and the draw for tourists. We explore how light from Cabo Cortés, a proposed coastal development in Baja California Sur, Mexico, may alter natural light cues used by sea turtle hatchlings. We adapt a viewshed approach to model exterior light originating from the resort under plausible zoning scenarios. This spatially explicit information allows stakeholders to evaluate the likely impact of alternative development options. Our model suggests that direct light’s ability to reach sea turtle nesting beaches varies greatly by source location and height—with some plausible development scenarios leading to significantly less light pollution than others. Our light pollution maps can enhance decision-making, offering clear guidance on where to avoid elevated lamps or when to recommend lighting restrictions. Communities can use this information to participate in development planning to mitigate ecological, aesthetic and economic impacts from artificial lighting. Though tested in Mexico, our approach and free, open-source software can be applied in other places around the world to better understand and manage the threats of light pollution to sea turtles.

  13. Overfishing Drivers and Opportunities for Recovery in Small-Scale Fisheries of the Midriff Islands Region, Gulf of California, Mexico: the Roles of Land and Sea Institutions in Fisheries Sustainability

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    Ana Cinti

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Institutions play an important role in shaping individual incentives in complex social-ecological systems, by encouraging or discouraging resource overuse. In the Gulf of California, Mexico, there is widespread evidence of declines in small-scale fishery stocks, largely attributed to policy failures. We investigated formal and informal rules-in-use regulating access and resource use by small-scale fishers in the two most important fishing communities of the Midriff Islands region in the Gulf of California, which share several target species and fishing grounds. The Midriff Islands region is a highly productive area where sustainable use of fisheries resources has been elusive. Our study aimed to inform policy by providing information on how management and conservation policies perform in this unique environment. In addition, we contrast attributes of the enabling conditions for sustainability on the commons in an effort to better understand why these communities, albeit showing several contrasting attributes of the above conditions, have not developed sustainable fishing practices. We take a novel, comprehensive institutional approach that includes formal and informal institutions, incorporating links between land (i.e., communal land rights and sea institutions (i.e., fisheries and conservation policies and their effects on stewardship of fishery resources, a theme that is practically unaddressed in the literature. Insufficient government support in provision of secure rights, enforcement and sanctioning, and recognition and incorporation of local arrangements and capacities for management arose as important needs to address in both cases. We highlight the critical role of higher levels of governance, that when disconnected from local practices, realities, and needs, can be a major impediment to achieving sustainability in small-scale fisheries, even in cases where several facilitating conditions are met.

  14. Mercury in cultured oysters (Crassostrea gigas Thunberg, 1793 and C. corteziensis Hertlein, 1951) from four coastal lagoons of the SE Gulf of California, Mexico.

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    Osuna-Martínez, C C; Páez-Osuna, F; Alonso-Rodríguez, R

    2010-09-01

    In order to determine the mercury concentrations in cultured oysters from coastal lagoons (SE Gulf of California), several individuals of Crassostrea gigas and C. corteziensis were collected and their mercury levels were measured with a cold vapor analyzer. The mean concentrations during the rainy and dry seasons, respectively, were 0.70 and 0.15 microg g(-1) in C. gigas and 0.56 and 0.18 microg g(-1) in C. corteziensis. During the rainy season, elevated mercury contents are apparently related to terrigen transport from the watershed, while during the dry season, the moderate levels are related to upwellings. PMID:20697884

  15. California Bioregions

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    California Department of Resources — California regions developed by the Inter-agency Natural Areas Coordinating Committee (INACC) were digitized from a 1:1,200,000 California Department of Fish and...

  16. Contrasting phylogeography of sandy vs. rocky supralittoral isopods in the megadiverse and geologically dynamic Gulf of California and adjacent areas.

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    Hurtado, Luis A; Lee, Eun Jung; Mateos, Mariana

    2013-01-01

    Phylogeographic studies of animals with low vagility and restricted to patchy habitats of the supralittoral zone, can uncover unknown diversity and shed light on processes that shaped evolution along a continent's edge. The Pacific coast between southern California and central Mexico, including the megadiverse Gulf of California, offers a remarkable setting to study biological diversification in the supralittoral. A complex geological history coupled with cyclical fluctuations in temperature and sea level provided ample opportunities for diversification of supralittoral organisms. Indeed, a previous phylogeographic study of Ligia, a supralittoral isopod that has limited dispersal abilities and is restricted to rocky patches, revealed high levels of morphologically cryptic diversity. Herein, we examined phylogeographic patterns of Tylos, another supralittoral isopod with limited dispersal potential, but whose habitat (i.e., sandy shores) appears to be more extensive and connected than that of Ligia. We conducted Maximum Likelihood and Bayesian phylogenetic analyses on mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequences. These analyses revealed multiple highly divergent lineages with discrete regional distributions, despite the recognition of a single valid species for this region. A traditional species-diagnostic morphological trait distinguished several of these lineages. The phylogeographic patterns of Tylos inside the Gulf of California show a deep and complex history. In contrast, patterns along the Pacific region between southern California and the Baja Peninsula indicate a recent range expansion, probably postglacial and related to changes in sea surface temperature (SST). In general, the phylogeographic patterns of Tylos differed from those of Ligia. Differences in the extension and connectivity of the habitats occupied by Tylos and Ligia may account for the different degrees of population isolation experienced by these two isopods and their contrasting phylogeographic

  17. Contrasting phylogeography of sandy vs. rocky supralittoral isopods in the megadiverse and geologically dynamic Gulf of California and adjacent areas.

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    Luis A Hurtado

    Full Text Available Phylogeographic studies of animals with low vagility and restricted to patchy habitats of the supralittoral zone, can uncover unknown diversity and shed light on processes that shaped evolution along a continent's edge. The Pacific coast between southern California and central Mexico, including the megadiverse Gulf of California, offers a remarkable setting to study biological diversification in the supralittoral. A complex geological history coupled with cyclical fluctuations in temperature and sea level provided ample opportunities for diversification of supralittoral organisms. Indeed, a previous phylogeographic study of Ligia, a supralittoral isopod that has limited dispersal abilities and is restricted to rocky patches, revealed high levels of morphologically cryptic diversity. Herein, we examined phylogeographic patterns of Tylos, another supralittoral isopod with limited dispersal potential, but whose habitat (i.e., sandy shores appears to be more extensive and connected than that of Ligia. We conducted Maximum Likelihood and Bayesian phylogenetic analyses on mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequences. These analyses revealed multiple highly divergent lineages with discrete regional distributions, despite the recognition of a single valid species for this region. A traditional species-diagnostic morphological trait distinguished several of these lineages. The phylogeographic patterns of Tylos inside the Gulf of California show a deep and complex history. In contrast, patterns along the Pacific region between southern California and the Baja Peninsula indicate a recent range expansion, probably postglacial and related to changes in sea surface temperature (SST. In general, the phylogeographic patterns of Tylos differed from those of Ligia. Differences in the extension and connectivity of the habitats occupied by Tylos and Ligia may account for the different degrees of population isolation experienced by these two isopods and their contrasting

  18. Structural and Tectonic Map Along the Pacific-North America Plate Boundary in Northern Gulf of California, Sonora Desert and Valle de Mexicali, Mexico, from Seismic Reflection Evidence

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    Gonzalez-Escobar, M.; Suarez-Vidal, F.; Mendoza-Borunda, R.; Martin Barajas, A.; Pacheco-Romero, M.; Arregui-Estrada, S.; Gallardo-Mata, C.; Sanchez-Garcia, C.; Chanes-Martinez, J.

    2012-12-01

    Between 1978 and 1983, Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) carried on an intense exploration program in the northern Gulf of California, the Sonora Desert and the southern part of the Mexicali Valley. This program was supported by a seismic reflection field operation. The collected seismic data was 2D, with travel time of 6 s recording, in 48 channels, and the source energy was: dynamite, vibroseis and air guns. Since 2007 to present time, the existing seismic data has been re-processing and ire-interpreting as part of a collaboration project between the PEMEX's Subdirección de Exploración (PEMEX) and CICESE. The study area is located along a large portion of the Pacific-North America plate boundary in the northern Gulf of California and the Southern part of the Salton Trough tectonic province (Mexicali Valley). We present the result of the processes reflection seismic lines. Many of the previous reported known faults were identify along with the first time described located within the study region. We identified regions with different degree of tectonic activity. In structural map it can see the location of many of these known active faults and their associated seismic activity, as well as other structures with no associated seismicity. Where some faults are mist placed they were deleted or relocated based on new information. We included historical seismicity for the region. We present six reflection lines that cross the aftershocks zone of the El Mayor-Cucapah earthquake of April 4, 2010 (Mw7.2). The epicenter of this earthquake and most of the aftershocks are located in a region where pervious to this earthquake no major earthquakes are been reported. A major result of this study is to demonstrate that there are many buried faults that increase the seismic hazard.

  19. Evaluation of criteria of environmental fitness for popular houses of the low income sector to arid regions in Mexicali, Baja California; Evaluacion de criterios de adecuacion ambiental para la vivienda popular de sectores de bajos ingresos al clima calido extremo de Mexicali, B.C.

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    Corral Martinez, Maria [Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Mexicali, Baja California (Mexico)

    2000-07-01

    The main purpose of this work is to present the impact on minimizing thermal loads, the traditional bioclimatic criteria commonly utilized on low income housing types in Mexicali, B.C., Mexico by showing the results of dynamic thermal evaluation based in the DOE 2.1e software as well as its technical description, with the purpose of providing recommendations for low income popular houses on arid regions, due to the high reduction percentages that can be obtained during summertime. Therefore, having the data obtained from the field as a starting point, the thermal problematic in popular housing is detected. A properties is chosen from a representative range of government supported housing types named progressive housing which are offered an financially available to the large low income popular sector in order to determine the thermal environmental function using the DOE 2.1e software and a gnomon analysis. To conclude evaluations showed that by integrating and applying traditional thermal and environmental strategies that are commonly used in this region, it is possible to reduce as much 50% of the annual cooling internal load, enhancing thermal comfort conditions in natural bioclimatic way. [Spanish] El objetivo de este trabajo es mostrar el impacto en la reduccion de la carga interna de enfriamiento, de los criterios de adecuacion ambiental que tradicionalmente se aplican en la vivienda de Mexicali, B.C., Mexico presentando los resultados de una evaluacion termica en estado dinamico con el programa DOE 2.1e y la descripcion tecnica de las mismas, con el proposito de hacer recomendaciones para la vivienda popular de bajos ingresos en zonas aridas. Para ello a partir de informacion de campo se detecta la existencia de problema termico en la vivienda popular. Se revisa un prototipo representativo de los programas oficiales de vivienda ofrecido a los sectores populares denominado vivienda progresiva, a fin de establecer el grado de adecuacion termico ambiental con el

  20. Effects of Extreme Drought and Megafires on Sky Island Conifer Forests of the Peninsular Ranges, Southern California

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    2009-01-01

    Conifer populations in the Peninsular Range of southern California and Baja California form isolated biogeographic "sky-islands" on mountains with orographic enhanced precipitation. Fire suppression management altered burning patterns in southern California since ca. 1900. Significant changes in tree composition, density, and diameters are documented over a 75-year period in mixed conifer forest at Cuyamaca Mt. by replicating ground-based measurements sampled in 1932 for the Weislander Vegeta...

  1. PBO Southwest Region: Baja Earthquake Response and Network Operations

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    Walls, C. P.; Basset, A.; Mann, D.; Lawrence, S.; Jarvis, C.; Feaux, K.; Jackson, M. E.

    2011-12-01

    The SW region of the Plate Boundary Observatory consists of 455 continuously operating GPS stations located principally along the transform system of the San Andreas fault and Eastern California Shear Zone. In the past year network uptime exceeded an average of 97% with greater than 99% data acquisition. Communications range from CDMA modem (307), radio (92), Vsat (30), DSL/T1/other (25) to manual downloads (1). Sixty-three stations stream 1 Hz data over the VRS3Net typically with Security was enhanced at these sites through fencing and more secure station configurations. In the past 12 months, 4 new stations were installed to replace removed stations or to augment the network at strategic locations. Following the M7.2 El Mayor-Cucapah earthquake CGPS station P796, a deep-drilled braced monument, was constructed in San Luis, AZ along the border within 5 weeks of the event. In addition, UNAVCO participated in a successful University of Arizona-led RAPID proposal for the installation of six continuous GPS stations for post-seismic observations. Six stations are installed and telemetered through a UNAM relay at the Sierra San Pedro Martir. Four of these stations have Vaisala WXT520 meteorological sensors. An additional site in the Sierra Cucapah (PTAX) that was built by CICESE, an Associate UNAVCO Member institution in Mexico, and Caltech has been integrated into PBO dataflow. The stations will be maintained as part of the PBO network in coordination with CICESE. UNAVCO is working with NOAA to upgrade PBO stations with WXT520 meteorological sensors and communications systems capable of streaming real-time GPS and met data. The real-time GPS and meteorological sensor data streaming support watershed and flood analyses for regional early-warning systems related to NOAA's work with California Department of Water Resources. Currently 19 stations are online and streaming with 7 more in preparation. In 2008 PBO became the steward of 209 existing network stations of which

  2. 1985 Mexico City, Mexico Images

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — The magnitude 8.1 earthquake occurred off the Pacific coast of Mexico. The damage was concentrated in a 25 square km area of Mexico City, 350 km from the epicenter....

  3. Mexico Geoid Heights (MEXICO97)

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — This 2' geoid height grid for Mexico, and North-Central America, is the MEXICO97 geoid model. The computation used about one million terrestrial and marine gravity...

  4. Soil mercury levels in the area surrounding the Cerro Prieto geothermal complex, MEXICO.

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    Pastrana-Corral, M A; Wakida, F T; García-Flores, E; Rodriguez-Mendivil, D D; Quiñonez-Plaza, A; Piñon-Colin, T D J

    2016-08-01

    Even though geothermal energy is a renewable energy source that is seen as cost-effective and environmentally friendly, emissions from geothermal plants can impact air, soil, and water in the vicinity of geothermal power plants. The Cerro Prieto geothermal complex is located 30 km southeast of the city of Mexicali in the Mexican state of Baja California. Its installed electricity generation capacity is 720 MW, being the largest geothermal complex in Mexico. The objective of this study was to evaluate whether the emissions generated by the geothermal complex have increased the soil mercury concentration in the surrounding areas. Fifty-four surface soil samples were collected from the perimeter up to an approximate distance of 7660 m from the complex. Additionally, four soil depth profiles were performed in the vicinity of the complex. Mercury concentration in 69 % of the samples was higher than the mercury concentration found at the baseline sites. The mercury concentration ranged from 0.01 to 0.26 mg/kg. Our results show that the activities of the geothermal complex have led to an accumulation of mercury in the soil of the surrounding area. More studies are needed to determine the risk to human health and the ecosystems in the study area. PMID:27418073

  5. Heavy metals in urban road sediments of the city of Mexicali, Mexico

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    Meza T, L. M.; Quintero N, M.; Valdez S, B., E-mail: montserrat.meza@uabc.edu.mx [Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Facultad de Ingenieria, Unidad Mexicali, 21280 Mexicali, Baja California (Mexico)

    2014-07-01

    A chemical sediment characterization of urban streets in the city of Mexicali at Baja California, Mexico, was conducted to estimate the most important heavy metals along with PM{sub 10} and PM{sub 2.5} emission factors to evaluate the amount of particulate matter. Sampling was conducted from february to may 2008, following a random statistical design, in 60 sampling sites on a geo referenced map at UTM 11 North. Samples were identified and treated in the laboratory, after undergoing cracking, drying, sieving, and weighing to get less than 75 microns of sediment by using a dry method. Twelve representative samples were selected for chemical characterization using energy dispersive X-rays (EDX) and inductively coupled plasma (Icp). The most significant elements found were zinc (Zn) and lead (Pb) with concentrations ranging from 1 to 15 mg/kg and 11 to 25 mg/kg, respectively, corresponding to the third classification from a reference set of a study by US EPA in 1981-1997. The clay type known as illite was identified in four specific samples. (author)

  6. Perceptions of fishers to sea turtle bycatch, illegal capture and consumption in the San Ignacio-Navachiste-Macapule lagoon complex, Gulf of California, Mexico.

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    Aguilar-González, Myrna E; Luna-González, Antonio; Aguirre, Alonso; Zavala-Norzagaray, Alan A; Mundo-Ocampo, Manuel; González-Ocampo, Héctor A

    2014-01-01

    In this study, 10% of all registered fishermen in the coastal towns of Navachiste in Sinaloa, in northwestern Mexico, answered a survey designed to collect data on their perceptions of the following topics: the impact of turtle meat consumption; human health; bycatch; illegal turtle fishing; the illegal sea turtle market; the local economy; pollution; environmental education; the success of protective legislation; and sea turtle-based ecotourism. Perceptions were analyzed using the fuzzy logic method through classification into 5 fuzzy membership sets: VL, very low; L, low; M, moderate; H, high; VH, very high. The 9 topics generated decision areas upon applying fuzzy inference that revealed the membership level of the answers in each fuzzy set. The economic potential of sea turtle-based ecotourism and the economic profitability of the illegal turtle meat market were perceived as VL. Conservation legislation was perceived as H, although inefficiently applied due to corruption. Ecotourism and impacts on sea turtles were perceived as VL, because they were deemed unprofitable activities at the individual and community levels. Environmental education was perceived as L, because it centers on nesting, hatching and releasing turtles and is directed at elementary and middle-school students. While fishers perceive a serious negative impact of fishing activities on sea turtles in the San Ignacio-Navachiste-Macapule area, they do not see themselves individually as part of the problem. Achieving sea turtle conservation in this region requires: suitable ecotourism infrastructure, government investments in promotion, and studies to estimate the minimum number of tourists needed to assure profitability. PMID:24447663

  7. Status of metal contamination in surface waters of the coastal ocean off Los Angeles, California since the implementation of the Clean Water Act.

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    Smail, Emily A; Webb, Eric A; Franks, Robert P; Bruland, Kenneth W; Sañudo-Wilhelmy, Sergio A

    2012-04-17

    In order to establish the status of metal contamination in surface waters in the coastal ocean off Los Angeles, California, we determined their dissolved and particulate pools and compared them with levels reported in the 1970s prior the implementation of the Clean Water Act. These measurements revealed a significant reduction in particulate toxic metal concentrations in the last 33 years with decreases of ∼100-fold for Pb and ∼400-fold for Cu and Cd. Despite these reductions, the source of particulate metals appears to be primarily anthropogenic as enrichment factors were orders of magnitude above what is considered background crustal levels. Overall, dissolved trace metal concentrations in the Los Angeles coastal waters were remarkably low with values in the same range as those measured in a pristine coastal environment off Mexico's Baja California peninsula. In order to estimate the impact of metal contamination on regional phytoplankton, the internalization rate of trace metals in a locally isolated phytoplankton model organism (Synechococcus sp. CC9311) was also determined showing a rapid internalization (in the order of a few hours) for many trace metals (e.g., Ag, Cd, Cu, Pb) suggesting that those metals could potentially be incorporated into the local food webs. PMID:22420576

  8. Hydrogeologic and Hydrochemical Studies in a Semi-arid Watershed in Northern Mexico

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    Kretzschmar, T.; Vazquez, R.; Hinojosa, A.

    2006-12-01

    Within the Baja California panhandle exist quite a significant number of valleys which hydrogeology conditions are of great importance for the communities of the region. The Guadalupe Valley for example, located 30 km Northeast of Ensenada, hosts an important wine industry which presents a mayor factor for agriculture and tourism in Baja California. The irrigation is carried out basically by groundwater extracted from quaternary sediments filling this post-Miocene depression. Besides the intensive usage of the water by the wine industry in the Guadalupe Valley, the local waterworks installed in 1985 a gallery of 10 wells extracting around 320 l/s or 30 % of the total water extraction in the valley to supply the city of Ensenada with drinking water. A total of more than 500 wells with a combined annual consumption of about 28 Mio m3 are at the moment active in the valley. In the arid portions of northern Mexico Mountain front recharge presents an important recharge source for the alluvial aquifers. Other important sources directly related to precipitation are direct infiltration, recharge by surface water runoff in the arroyos as well as by active fault systems. The principal recharge sources for the Guadalupe Valley aquifer are the Sierra Juárez and the Guadalupe River. To be able to address the state of equilibrium of aquifer, recharge estimates for the watershed were calculated determining the runoff/infiltration relationships obtained by curve number determinations combined with the interpretation of satellite images. These results were integrated into an evaluation and hydrologic modeling of the hydrologic data pointing towards differences of up to over 50 percent in the recharge estimation in comparison to earlier studies carried out in the area. Furthermore hydrochemical and isotopic studies were carried out to show the effects of the excessive ground water extraction on the water quality of the aquifer. The hydrochemical data indicate that intense use of

  9. Actinides detection in the Pacific Coast of Mexico

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    In this work is evaluated the activity of the alpha emitters, uranium and plutonium, in sand samples and seawater coming from diverse points of the Mexican Pacific Coast (Baja California, Jalisco, Colima and Guerrero). The used techniques were: radiochemistry separation and alpha spectrometry, with these techniques could be observed that the sand contains natural uranium and trace quantities of 239Pu and 240Pu combinations. The biggest activity in Pu was found in Finisterra, Baja California Sur (0.13 Bq/kg) and the minor (0 Bq/kg) in Miramar, Colima. The relationship between the geographical localization and the Pu activity suggests that while there is more interaction of the site with the oceanic currents, more is the content of Pu in the sands of the coast. (Author)

  10. New species in the Sitalcina sura species group (Opiliones, Laniatores, Phalangodidae), with evidence for a biogeographic link between California desert canyons and Arizona sky islands.

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    DiDomenico, Angela; Hedin, Marshal

    2016-01-01

    The western United States is home to numerous narrowly endemic harvestman taxa (Arachnida, Opiliones), including members of the genus Sitalcina Banks, 1911. Sitalcina is comprised of three species groups, including the monospecific Sitalcina californica and Sitalcina lobata groups, and the Sitalcina sura group with eight described species. All species in the Sitalcina sura group have very small geographic distributions, with group members distributed like disjunct "beads on a string" from Monterey south to southern California and southeast to the sky-island mountain ranges of southern Arizona. Here, molecular phylogenetic and species delimitation analyses were conducted for all described species in the Sitalcina sura group, plus several newly discovered populations. Species trees were reconstructed using multispecies coalescent methods implemented in *BEAST, and species delimitation was accomplished using Bayes Factor Delimitation (BFD). Based on quantitative species delimitation results supported by consideration of morphological characters, two new species (Sitalcina oasiensis sp. n., Sitalcina ubicki sp. n.) are described. We also provide a description of the previously unknown male of Sitalcina borregoensis Briggs, 1968. Molecular phylogenetic evidence strongly supports distinctive desert versus coastal clades, with desert canyon taxa from southern California more closely related to Arizona taxa than to geographically proximate California coastal taxa. We hypothesize that southern ancestry and plate tectonics have played a role in the diversification history of this animal lineage, similar to sclerophyllous plant taxa of the Madro-Tertiary Geoflora. Molecular clock analyses for the Sitalcina sura group are generally consistent with these hypotheses. We also propose that additional Sitalcina species await discovery in the desert canyons of southern California and northern Baja, and the mountains of northwestern mainland Mexico. PMID:27199607

  11. Actinides detection in the Pacific Coast of Mexico; Deteccion de actinidos en el Litoral Pacifico de Mexico

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    Ordonez R, E.; Almazan T, M. G.; Cruz C, G. J.; Ramirez S, R., E-mail: eduardo.ordonez@inin.gob.mx [ININ, Carretera Mexico-Toluca s/n, 52750 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)

    2013-10-15

    In this work is evaluated the activity of the alpha emitters, uranium and plutonium, in sand samples and seawater coming from diverse points of the Mexican Pacific Coast (Baja California, Jalisco, Colima and Guerrero). The used techniques were: radiochemistry separation and alpha spectrometry, with these techniques could be observed that the sand contains natural uranium and trace quantities of {sup 239}Pu and {sup 240}Pu combinations. The biggest activity in Pu was found in Finisterra, Baja California Sur (0.13 Bq/kg) and the minor (0 Bq/kg) in Miramar, Colima. The relationship between the geographical localization and the Pu activity suggests that while there is more interaction of the site with the oceanic currents, more is the content of Pu in the sands of the coast. (Author)

  12. On the Paleotectonic Evolution of the Pacific Margin of Southern Mexico, the Maya and Juchatengo Terranes and Chochal Formation Guatemala:Insights from Paleomagnetic and Isotopic Studies

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    Guerrero Garcia, J. C.; Herrero-Bervera, E.

    2009-05-01

    In the paleogeographic reconstruction of Mexico and northern Central America, evidence shows that the entire region is a collage of suspect terranes transported from abroad, whose timing and sense of motion are now beginning to be understood. Among these, the Chortis block and the Baja California Peninsula have been proposed as pieces of continent separated from the Pacific coast of southwestern Mexico, that have moved either southeastward by the Farallon plate or northwestward by the Kula plate. Isotopic mineral ages from coastal granites along the coast from Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco (80 Ma) to Puerto Angel, Oaxaca (11 Ma) record systematic decrease of cooling ages from NW to SE. These results also constrain the position of the Kula- Farallon spreading axis north of Puerto Vallarta. Previous studies mainly confined to the northern margin of the Chortis block, confirmed a left-lateral displacement of 130 km in Neogene time. Further studies suggested times of detachment increased to 30 Ma, 40 Ma, and 66 Ma. We conclude that several indicators, namely: (a) the truncated nature of the Pacific coast of SW Mexico; (b) the genesis of the Kula-Farallon ridge at 85 Ma; (c) the 2,600 km of northward transport of Baja British Columbia from the present-day latitude of the Baja California Peninsula, beginning at 85 Ma; (d) the paleomagnetic counterclockwise rotations of areas both in the Chortis block and along the Mexican coast, during Late Cretaceous-Paleogene time, and (e) the systematic NW-SE decrease of radiometric dates beginning at 85 Ma in Puerto Vallarta and ending at approximately 11 Ma in Puerto Angel, Oaxaca , point to this time and region for the onset of strike-slip drifting of the Chortis block toward its current position. On the other hand, in the reconstruction of past movements of tectonic plates, the determination of reliable paleomagnetic poles is of utmost importance. To achieve accurate results, a full knowledge of the rock magnetic properties of the

  13. Pengaruh Media Pendingin Pada Proses Hardening Terhadap Strukturmikro Baja Mangan Hadfield AISI 3401 PT Semen Gresik

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    Mohammad Ismanhadi Syahputra

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Baja Mangan Hadfield termasuk dalam kategori baja mangan austenitic dengan kandungan Mn (mangan yang tinggi, antara 12-14% Mn dan 0.8-1.25% C. Baja mangan hadfield memiliki kekerasan, kekuatan, ketangguhan, serta ketahanan terhadap aus yang tinggi. Proses hardening diberikan dengan melakukan pendinginan yang relatif cepat dengan menggunakan media pendingin air, oli, polivinylalcohol 10%, dan polyvinylalcohol 40% bertujuan untuk mendapatkan nilai kekerasan yang lebih tinggi yakni dengan pendinginan air 275VHN sedangkan tanpa perlakuan 206VHN. Viskositas dari media pendingin yang berbeda-beda berpengaruh terhadap laju pendinginan pada baja mangan hadifield.. Jenis media pendingin yang bervariasi mempengaruhi perubahan austenit menjadi martensit.  Strukturmikro yang terbentuk pada baja mangan hadfield yang mengalami proses hardening tampak butir-butir kristal yang seluruhnya martensit, sedangkan pada baja mangan hadfield yang tanpa mendapatkan perlakuan tampak karbida mangan lamellar dengan matriks austenit.

  14. Pengaruh Temperatur Dan Waktu Pelapisan Terhadap Laju Pelapisan Nikel Pada Baja Karbon Rendah

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    Richard Alfonso Mangaraja Napitupulu

    2009-01-01

    Banyak cara dapat dilakukan untuk meningkatkan sifat tahan karat dari baja karbon rendah dan salah satu alternatif yang dapat dilakukan adalah dengan melakukan proses pelapisan listrik pada baja tersebut dengan menggunakan bahan pelapis tahan karat seperti nikel, tembaga, seng, dan khrom. Dalam penelitian ini, akan dilihat bagaimana pengaruh temperatur dan lamanya waktu pelapisan terhadap laju pelapisan yang terjadi pada baja karbon rendah dan efek pelapisan terhadap kekasaran permukaan. Tuli...

  15. Investigating earthquake cycle vertical deformation recorded by GPS and regional tide gauge stations in California

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    Hardy, S.; Konter, B.

    2013-12-01

    Geodetic and tide gauge measurements of vertical deformation record localized zones of uplift and subsidence that may document critical components of both long and short-period earthquake cycle deformation. In this study, we compare vertical tide gauge data from the Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level (PSMSL) and vertical GPS data from the EarthScope Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO) for 10 approximately co-located station pairs along coastal California from Point Reyes, CA to Ensenada, Mexico. To compare these two datasets, we first truncate both datasets so that they span a common time frame for all stations (2007 - 2012). PSMSL data are treated for both average global sea level rise (~1.8 mm/yr) and global isostatic adjustment. We then calculate a 2-month running mean for tide gauge and a 1-month running mean for GPS datasets to smooth out daily oceanographic or anthropologic disturbances but maintain the overall trend of each dataset. As major ocean-climate signals, such as El Nino, are considered regional features of the Pacific Ocean and likely common to all California tide gauge stations, we subtract a reference sea level record (San Francisco station) from all other stations to eliminate this signal. The GPS and tide gauge data show varying degrees of correlation spanning both 3-month and 4-year time-scales. We infer that the slope of vertical displacements are largely controlled by interseismic motions, however displacements from major earthquakes are evident and are required to explain some of the unique signatures in the tide gauge and GPS data. Specifically, we find that stations from both datasets in Southern California show an anomalous trend since the 2010 Baja California earthquake. To further investigate this trend and others, we compare these data to vertical motions estimated by a suite of 3-D viscoelastic earthquake cycle deformation models. Long-term tide gauge time series are well simulated by the models, but short-term time series are not as

  16. La resiliencia como respuesta a los alumnos con baja autoestima

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    del Mazo-Maestu, Mª Beatriz

    2016-01-01

    El trabajo Fin de Máster que aquí se presenta versa sobre una propuesta de intervención psicopedagógica destinada a tres alumnos de primero de educación secundaria obligatoria de un colegio concertado de la capital de Burgos que muestran actitudes y comportamientos como alarma a una baja autoestima. Dicha propuesta se basa en un conjunto de sesiones para desarrollar la inteligencia emocional y la autoestima como parte de un programa de aplicación de resiliencia al aula. S...

  17. Cooperativas de trabajo asociado: baja voluntaria y obligatoria.

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    Albillo Díaz, Laura

    2015-01-01

    En este Trabajo Fin de Grado el tema principal es reflexionar sobre las relaciones laborales en las cooperativas de trabajo asociado. Para ello, se va desde la explicación conceptual de las cooperativas de trabajo asociado, pasando por la legislación y la importancia de los principios cooperativos, terminando con la explicación teórica de los tipos de bajas de las personas socias de una cooperativa de trabajo asociado, que pueden ser, a grandes rasgos, voluntarias y obligato...

  18. Surface circulation patterns in the Gulf of California derived from MODIS Aqua 250 m

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    Martínez-Flores, G.; Salinas-González, F.; Gutiérrez de Velasco-Sanromán, G.; Godínez-Orta, L.

    2009-04-01

    The Gulf of California (GC) is a marginal elongated and semi-enclosed sea located at northwest of Mexico, between the Peninsula of Baja California and the mainland Mexico. The considered area average 150 km in width and 1500 km in length, from the mouth of the Colorado River to Cabo Corrientes, Jalisco. It has a maximum depth of 3600 m at the southern inlet and the northern region average 200 m in deep. The study of superficial circulation patterns in the GC is of interest because its relevance to the mechanisms of transport for distribution of a variety of materials -plankton, contaminants, microalgae, etc.- and its association with areas of sedimentary deposits, zones where there is a higher probability for fishing or related to the presence of certain species of marine life. Recent studies explain the circulation of the GC as a result of the Pacific Ocean's forcing, wind, heat fluxes on the sea surface and the interaction between the flow produced by these agents and bathymetry. The objective of this work was to obtain evidence of the patterns of surface circulation using a spatial resolution of 250 m over a period of two to seven days (depending on cloud cover), which offered images from the MODIS Level 1B. This essay is an attempt to contribute with more information to the understanding of the regional dynamics of the GC and its local influence on the zones bordering the coast. Thus, MODIS Aqua 250 m data was used, to which algorithms were applied in order to enhance the contrast of reflectance levels of these bands (0.620-0.670 and 0.841-0.876 µm) within the marine environment. The results are associated with suspended particulate matter (SPM), which we used as tracers of the surface circulation, using a sequence of images from January 2004 to December 2008. Algorithms for dust and cloud detection were used and incorporated with thermal band images, in which zones of terrigenous contribution by eolian transport were identified. Furthermore, pluvial

  19. 78 FR 8702 - Unblocking of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons Pursuant to the Foreign...

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    .... ``ALFREDO''; a.k.a. ``HUGO''); DOB 27 Apr 1970; Cedula No. 77130763 (Colombia) (individual) . 2. AGUILAR..., Mexico; Prv. Montecarlo 12106, Colonia Res. Agua Caliente, Tijuana, Baja California CP 22480, Mexico;...

  20. Results of an injection test using ethyl alcohol as tracer at Los Humeros geothermal field, Puebla, Mexico; Resultados de una prueba de inyeccion de alcohol empleado como trazador, en el campo geotermico de Los humeros, Puebla, Mexico

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    Tovar Aguado, Rigoberto; Lopez Romero, Oscar [Comision Federal de Electricidad, Los Humeros, Puebla (Mexico)

    2000-12-01

    Los Humeros is the third Mexican geothermal field where ethyl alcohol was used as organic tracer to test communication between wells. The first Mexican geothermal field where this kind of test was used Los Azufres, Michoacan. The second was Las Tres Virgenes, Baja California Sur. In both cases, connections between wells were observed. The injection well H-29 is in the north-central sector of Los Humeros geothermal field, Puebla, Mexico. At a depth of 1580 meters, 600 liters of ethyl alcohol was pumped through a 60.35 mm (23/8 inch) diameter tube after 2.7 m{sup 3} of geothermal fluids were displaced, allowing the alcohol to reach the formation. Then, the normal injection process continued with water and condensed steam (130 t/h). On the basis of the experience acquired with similar tests conducted at Las Tres Virgenes geothermal field, and with the goal of detecting the tracer, samples of condensed steam were collected in nearby wells (H-15, H-16, H-17, H-30, H-33, H-36 and H-8) and in distant wells-named special samples (H-32, H-1, H-11, H-12, H-19, H-20, H-35, H-37, H-39, H-6 and H-9). Condensed steam samples were collected every 12 hours, the every week and finally every 15 days, making a total of 592 samples. The chemical analysis were done in two stages because of probable with the chromatograph. In the first stage, 441 samples were run and the rest were run in the second stage. No evidence of the tracer was observed in the monitoring wells. The results confirm the existence of a low-to-moderate permeability, as was previously interpreted using pressure log data. [Spanish] Los Humeros es el tercer campo geotermico de Mexico en el que se realiza una prueba de trazadores organicos empleando alcohol etilico con la finalidad principal de conocer si existe comunicacion entre pozos. El primer campo geotermico en el que se realizo esta prueba fue el de Los Azufres, Michoacan y el segundo el de Las Tres Virgenes, Baja California Sur; en ambos casos se encontro

  1. SEI 1: Design, Installation, and Performance of a Delay Tolerant Seismic Network in Mexico

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    Allen Husker; Igor Stubailo; Martin Lukac; Alma Quezada; Steven Skinner; Irving Flores; Paul Davis; Richard Guy; Deborah Estrin

    2006-01-01

    The deployment phase of CENS equipment began this year within MASE (Middle America Subduction Experiment), a collaboration involving UCLA, the California Institute of Technology (CIT), and the Universidad Nacional Autnoma de Mexico (UNAM). The CENS 50 radio-linked sites joined the 50 stand-alone sites of CIT in Mexico. Scientifically, we will be mapping the subducted slab beneath Mexico, examining the propagation of seismic waves through Mexico, and searching for slow earthquakes. The arra...

  2. California Air Basins

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    California Department of Resources — Air ResourcesCalifornia Air Resources BoardThe following datasets are from the California Air Resources Board: * arb_california_airbasins - California Air BasinsThe...

  3. Egade, Mexico.

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    Kubany, Elizabeth

    2001-01-01

    Presents a business school design in Mexico, whose spiral building sits atop a parking structure creating a compact, symbolic form for an arid urban landscape. Includes seven photographs, a floor plan, and sectional drawing. (GR)

  4. STATISTICAL CHARACTERIZATION OF PRECIPITABLE WATER VAPOR AT SAN PEDRO MARTIR SIERRA IN BAJA CALIFORNIA

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    Otárola, A.; Hiriart, D.; J. E. Pérez-León

    2009-01-01

    Presentamos datos del vapor de agua precipitable durante 2006 para la Sierra de San Pedro Mártir obtenidos de mediciones de la emisión atmosférica como función del ángulo de elevación por un radiómetro operando a la frecuencia de 210 GHz. Las mediciones de este radiómetro se combinan con valores de temperatura y presión atmosférica a nivel del suelo en el sitio para determinar una relación matemática para la conversión de la opacidad atmosférica al cenit a 210 GHz y la columna de vapor de agu...

  5. Restricciones de liquidez en microempresas y la importancia del financiamiento informal en Baja California

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    Martín Ramírez-Urquidy; Alejandro Mungaray; Nidia Z. Guzmán Gastelum

    2009-01-01

    La estructura industrial de México incorpora una proporción significativa de agentes que emprenden negocios a escalas reducidas y en un esquema de informalidad. Esta condición los aleja de los mercados formales de crédito, por lo que enfrentan una restricción permanente de liquidez. Este artículo prueba la hipótesis de que existen microempresas (MES) no restringidas a pesar de esta limitación formal. Los resultados ilustran esta posibilidad al encontrar, en una muestra de mes del estado de B...

  6. Estrategias de cálculo mental utilizadas por estudiantes del nivel secundaria de Baja California

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    Jeannette Cortés; Eduardo Backhoff; Javier Organista

    2004-01-01

    Se conoce que el cálculo mental o estimativo ayuda a los estudiantes a desarrollar el sentido del número y a mejorar la comprensión de las relaciones numéricas. Por lo anterior, este trabajo tuvo el propósito de conocer el nivel de solución de problemas estimativos que tienen los estudiantes de 2º año de secundaria, así como identificar las estrategias mentales que utilizan los mejores estimadores. Para ello, se administró una prueba, traducida y adaptada del modelo de Reys et al. (1982), a 2...

  7. STATISTICAL CHARACTERIZATION OF PRECIPITABLE WATER VAPOR AT SAN PEDRO MARTIR SIERRA IN BAJA CALIFORNIA

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    A. Otárola

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Presentamos datos del vapor de agua precipitable durante 2006 para la Sierra de San Pedro Mártir obtenidos de mediciones de la emisión atmosférica como función del ángulo de elevación por un radiómetro operando a la frecuencia de 210 GHz. Las mediciones de este radiómetro se combinan con valores de temperatura y presión atmosférica a nivel del suelo en el sitio para determinar una relación matemática para la conversión de la opacidad atmosférica al cenit a 210 GHz y la columna de vapor de agua precipitable para San Pedro Mártir. Los datos del vapor de agua precipitable se analizan estadísticamente para conocer su función de densidad de probabilidad y su distribución acumulativa, así como para determinar el número de horas continuas al año en que el vapor de agua precipitable permanece por debajo de los umbrales de 1 mm, 2 mm y 3 mm. Esta información es de interés para evaluar el desempeño de telescopios operando desde la región del óptico hasta longitudes de onda milimétricas en este sitio.

  8. Archaeology in the Forgotten Peninsula: Prehistoric Settlement and Subsistence Strategies in Northern Baja California

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    Moore, Jerry D.

    1999-01-01

    The preliminary data suggest that the settlement pattern in the Rio Rosario Valley was extremely mobile and dispersed, and not semisedentary and concentrated as the mission documents suggest. The high level of settlement mobility and low levels of population aggregation are indicated by various lines of archaeological evidence, and a hypothesis is advanced linking the impermanence of settlement to limits in terrestrial resources, particularly the local staple plant food, the coastal agave (Ag...

  9. Water management analysis of the city of Tijuana, Baja California: Critical factors and challenges

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    Karina Navarro–Chaparro

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available This article analyzes water management issues in the urban area of Tijuana for the period from 1991 to 2009. A comprehensive systematic management system was used as a theoretical framework. For the methodological framework, robust databases were compiled through documentary research, semi–structured interviews were conducted, and Geographical Information Systems (GIS were used to visualize the spatial distribution of water use. The results reveal that water resource management is conducted under a linear process that does not consider a broad assessment of social elements in water anagement. The research results show also inequality in the spatial distribution of water services, and little reuse of treated wastewater and the need for long–term planning to secure water supply and consumption after 2020.

  10. Improving agricultural productivity in the savannah of Tabasco State, Mexico: I. Management of maize and sorghum production systems

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    A series of studies was carried out to evaluate the effects of selected biological components of agrosystems, in particular mycorrhizae, earthworms, and Trichoderma on sorghum and maize crop production in an acid Ultisol of the savannah of Huimanguillo, Tabasco state, Mexico. Isotopic techniques using 15N and 32P were used to assess N and P use efficiency of sorghum transgenic lines (citrate over-producers) under nutrient-limited conditions. No significant differences in 15N-fertilizer use efficiency between the lines tested (L8, a citrate over-producer) and a commercial genotype were found. The commercial line and a negative control (L18-2 transgenic line), showed the highest N derived from the fertilizer as well as P uptake derived from rock phosphate. The combined application of the legume green-manure Mucuna pruriens and earthworms (Balanteodrilus pearsei) had a positive effect on N and P uptake and maize yields (78 g grain plant-1 vs. 26 g grain plant-1 for the control). Inoculation of maize with Trichoderma enhanced the effect of N fertilization and the N-uptake efficiency was highest when the fertilizer N was applied at sowing. Both Trichoderma strain C4 and the commercial inoculant 'Tricom' gave the highest values of N-fertilizer use efficiency (43 and 38%, respectively), which was equivalent to a 2.4-fold increase over that found when fertilizer was applied alone. In a field evaluation of maize genotypes, the genotype VS-536 yielded 2.35 Mg grain ha-1 and highest fertilizer N efficiency when 100 kg P2O5 ha-1 of the reactive Baja California PR was applied, suggesting that this genotype could be used in the local production system. Interestingly, inoculation with mycorrhizae did not have positive effects on the fertilized maize. Overall, these data will contribute to establish better management practices for increasing soil fertility and improving crop production in the acid, unfertile savannah soils of Mexico. (author)

  11. Turkey vulture and California condor

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    Pattee, O.H.; Wilbur, S.R.

    1989-01-01

    Populations of turkey vultures in the western states appear stable, with no evidence of recent significant changes in distribution. Turkey vultures occupy a variety of habitats, nest in diverse situations and utilize a wide variety of carrion. Consequently, no particular limiting factor is likely to have a major effect on the total population. California condor numbers, in contrast, have continued to decline. With the capture of the last wild bird in 1987, the species has been extirpated from the wild. Reestablishment will depend on production and introduction of captive-reared birds, hopefully within the next 10 years. In the 18th century, condors inhabited areas along the Pacific coast from British Columbia to Baja California. Since 1950, the range has been restricted to a six county area adjacent to the southern San Joaquin Valley of California. Within this area, there appears to be no shortage of suitable nest sites; all recently used nest sites are within federally-controlled lands. Suitable foraging grounds have continued to diminish and are now largely limited to private rangelands and some Bureau of Land Management rangelands within the foothills of the San Joaquin Valley. Only these areas continue to supply the large mammal carcasses that the California condor needs for survival. The habitat of the condor is subject to a variety of land use practices and development pressures. Excessive mortality, coupled with low reproductive potential, continues to threaten the recovery of the species. Development of management practices to reduce mortality, particularly those that are contaminant-related, and of a preserve design to insure adequate habitat for the reintroduced population are still necessary for eventual recovery of the species.

  12. Mercury in the atmospheric and coastal environments of Mexico.

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    Ruelas-Inzunza, Jorge; Delgado-Alvarez, Carolina; Frías-Espericueta, Martín; Páez-Osuna, Federico

    2013-01-01

    In Mexico, published studies relating to the occurrence of Hg in the environment are limited. Among the main sources of Hg in Mexico are mining and refining of Auand Hg, chloralkali plants, Cu smelting, residential combustion of wood, carbo electric plants, and oil refineries. Hg levels are highly variable in the atmospheric compartment because of the atmospheric dynamics and ongoing metal exchange with the terrestrial surface. In atmospheric studies, Hg levels are usually reported as total gaseous Hg (TGM). In Mexico, TGM values ranged from 1.32 ng m-3 in Hidalgo state (a rural agricultural area) to 71.82 ng m-3 in Zacatecas state (an area where brick manufacturers use mining wastes as a raw material).Published information on mercury levels in the coastal environment comprise 21 studies, representing 21 areas, in which sediments constituted the substrate that was analyzed for Hg. In addition, water samples were analyzed for Hg in nine studies.Few studies exist on Hg levels in the Caribbean and in the southwest of the country where tourism is rapidly increasing. Hence, there is a need for establishing baseline levels of mercury in these increasingly visited areas. In regions where studies have been undertaken, Hg levels in sediments were highly variable. Variations in Hg sediment levels mainly result from geological factors and the varying degree of anthropogenic impacts in the studied areas. In areas that still have pristine or nearly pristine environments (e.g., coast, Baja California, Todos Santos Bay, and La Paz lagoon), sediment Hg levels ranged from Mexican coastal sites. In Urias lagoon (NW Mexico), moderate to high levels were found in the dissolved and suspended fraction, and these are related to shipping, the fishing industry, domestic effluents, and the presence of a thermoelectric plant. In Coatzacoalcos (SE Mexico), extremely elevated Hg levels were found during the decade of the 1970s. Low to moderate levels of Hg were measured in waters from the

  13. Biology of the subtropical sac-spawning euphausiid Nyctiphanes simplex in the northwestern seas of Mexico: Vertical and horizontal distribution patterns and seasonal variability of brood size

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    Gómez-Gutiérrez, Jaime; Tremblay, Nelly; Martínez-Gómez, Samuel; Robinson, Carlos J.; Del Ángel-Rodríguez, Jorge; Rodríguez-Jaramillo, Carmen; Zavala-Hernández, Christian

    2010-04-01

    Vertical and horizontal distributions of the subtropical euphausiid juvenile and adult Nyctiphanes simplex were mapped from samples collected during winter and summer 2007 in the Gulf of California, Mexico. During winter, wide-ranging high densities occurred in most of the Gulf of California. Densities decreased considerably during summer, with only at few locations having high densities. N. simplex made short daily vertical migrations of 50 m, clearly avoiding layers with temperatures >20 °C. In both seasons, N. simplex occurred above the low-oxygen layer (low-oxygen layer acts as the bottom limit of vertical distribution and horizontal distribution is limited at the southern part of the gulf to temperatures >23 °C. Seasonal brood size and reproductive effort were estimated for both sides of the Baja California Peninsula under ship board experiments as a proxy of the relative effect of seasonal environmental conditions for euphausiid reproduction. Experiments were done during March, July, and December 2004 at the entrance to Bahía Magdalena and its westward continental shelf and in November 2005 and January and July 2007 in the Gulf of California. Contrary to broadcast-spawning euphausiids, N. simplex, a sac-spawning euphausiid, has a significant association of the brood size as a function of the total length of females. N. simplex produces an average brood of 52 eggs female -1 (range 5-116 eggs female -1) with a estimated total fecundity of 936 eggs female -1 in a life span (360-1337 eggs female -1), of which about 8% of its carbon weight is released per spawn, significantly higher than estimates of previous studies. In Bahía Magdalena, broods contained more embryos in March and July 2004 than in December 2004 when temperatures increased to >23 °C. In the Gulf of California, broods had higher numbers of embryos in November and July than in January 2007, suggesting that N. simplex has an out-of-phase reproductive season on both coasts of the peninsula

  14. Aplicaciones del laser de baja potencia en odontologia

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    Oltra Arimon, David; España Tost, A. J. (Antonio Jesús); Berini Aytés, Leonardo; Gay Escoda, Cosme

    2004-01-01

    La utilización de la tecnología láser en Odontología ha tenido una constante evolución y desarrollo. Con este trabajo se pretende hacer una actualización desde un punto de vista crítico, científico y objetivo de los avances y aplicaciones que se han publicado sobre el láser de baja potencia en el ámbito de cada una de las especialidades odontológicas. Asimismo, se exponen sus características, las normas de seguridad necesarias para su utilización, sus efectos secundarios y sus contraindicacio...

  15. Mejora de masas panarias integrales bajas en sodio

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    CAMARERO PAVÍA, SANDRA

    2014-01-01

    [ES] En el presente trabajo se ha planteado el uso de Salvia hispánica (Chía) para la mejora del procesado de masas panarias integrales bajas en sodio. Para ello se evaluó la mejor combinación de salvado (harina integral) y chía que mejore el rendimiento productivo del pan, así como la incidencia del uso de 2 sustitutos comerciales de la sal. El análisis de imagen 3D de la fermentación, así como los fisicoquímicos realizados a los panes una vez elaborados, mostraron que la formulación realiza...

  16. The Impact of Resource Scarcity on Bonding and Bridging Social Capital: the Case of Fishers’ Information-Sharing Networks in Loreto, BCS, Mexico

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    Evelyn Pinkerton

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Fishers often rely on their social capital to cope with resource fluctuations by sharing information on the abundance and location of fish. Drawing on research in seven coastal fishing communities in Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico, we examine the effect of resource scarcity on the bonding, bridging, and linking social-capital patterns of fishers’ information-sharing networks. We found that: (1 fishers’ information sharing is activated in response to varying ecological conditions; (2 resource scarcity is an ambiguous indicator of the extent to which fishers share information on the abundance and location of fish within and between communities; (3 information sharing is based on trust and occurs through kinship, friendship, and acquaintance social relations; (4 friendship ties play a key and flexible role in fishers’ social networks within and between communities; (5 overall, the composition of fishers’ social networks follows a friendship>kinship>acquaintance order of importance; and (6 the function of social ties, internal conflict, and settlement histories moderate the effects of resource scarcity on fishers’ social capital. We conclude by arguing that the livelihoods of fishers from Loreto have adaptive capacity for dealing with fish fluctuations but little or no proactive resilience to address resource-management issues.

  17. SEM and AES Analysis of Corrosion in Steel Cans of Meat and Poultry Food Industry Influenced by Microorganisms Affecting the Competitiveness in Northwest of Mexico

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    César Sánchez Ocampo

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    Full Text Available The food industry of meat and poultry food is very important activity in the economy of the northwest of Mexico where the Sonora state (with Hermosillo and Santa Ana cities as arid and semiarid zones and Guaymas as marine regions and Baja California state (Mexicali as arid zone and Tijuana as marine region are located. The meat and poultry industries produce meat, milk, and eggs, which are recommended for their nutritive properties. An evaluation of micro- and nanocorrosion was made with an optical sensor used to detect microorganisms (MO inside of the steel cans. The techniques applied to evaluate the deterioration were the Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM and the Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES, to obtain the morphology of microorganisms formed in the internal area of the metallic containers. Also the chemical composition to identify and determine the conditions for growth of microorganisms was obtained with respect to moisture and temperature in each region analyzed. The sulfur was the principal pollutant agent in arid and semiarid zones and chloride in marine zones that promoted the corrosion process. The presence of corrosion in the food industry decreases their competitiveness.

  18. Causas de la baja productividad del sector petrolero y como superarlas: El caso de Ecuador

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    Ramón Espinasa

    2007-01-01

    En Ecuador es conspicua la baja productividad del Sector Petrolero dada la base de reservas del país. El presente ensayo explora las causas de esta baja productividad y plantea medidas para aumentarla en el corto y mediano plazos. El trabajo se divide en tres capítulos. El primero investiga cuáles son las causas de este pobre desempeño y baja productividad del sector petrolero de Ecuador. El segundo describe cómo ha evolucionado el marco institucional del sector petrolero hasta la situación a...

  19. Mexico's Oxbridge.

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    Haussman, Fay

    1979-01-01

    For 400 years the National Autonomous University of Mexico has remained at the hub of the country's intellectual and political life. The history of the University from the Mayas and the Aztecs, University expansion, upward mobility of students, and student pressure groups and politics are described. (MLW)

  20. Aire Acondicionado Solar, para Conjunto de Viviendas en Mexicali, México Solar Air Conditioning for a Housing Compound in Mexicali, Mexico

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    Aníbal Luna

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo del presente trabajo es dimensionar y evaluar un sistema de enfriamiento por absorción LiBr-H2O asistido con energía solar y gas natural, para climatizar un conjunto de viviendas en Mexicali, Baja California, México. El análisis de comportamiento horario, diario y mensual en el periodo con mayor demanda de enfriamiento se realiza con el programa TRNSYS 16 y se busca la menor área de captación y la mayor fracción solar. Esto se traduce en el mínimo costo de operación e inversión inicial. Se encontró que el sistema genera condiciones del espacio entre confortablemente caliente y confortablemente frío, según la norma ISO 7730 (2005. Esto se logra a partir de 287 m²detubos evacuados, que aportan el 90% de la energía requerida. El sistema es técnicamente factible, ya que cubre la demanda de enfriamiento durante el periodo de verano y requiere un área de colección similar a la disponible en el conjunto de viviendas.The objective of the present work is to dimension and evaluate an absorption LiBr-H2O cooling system assisted by solar energy and natural gas for air conditioning of a group of housings in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. The analysis of the hourly, daily and monthly operating performance in the period with more cooling demand is carried out by mean of TRNSYS 16, and it is seeking the least collection area and the highest solar fraction; that which is translated in the minimum operation cost and initial investment. It was found that the system generates conditions of the space between comfortably warm and comfortably cold, according to ISO 7730 (2005, with 287 m² of evacuated tubes which contribute 90% of the required energy. The system is technically feasible, since it covers the cooling demand during the summer period and it requires a similar collecting area to the available one in the housing compounds.

  1. Pengaruh Perlakuan Panas pada Sifat Mekanis Kawat Ortodonti Jenis Baja Tahan Karat (Studi Pustaka)

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    Siti Triaminingsih

    2015-01-01

      Kawat ortodonti adalah bagian dari alat yang digunakan untuk memperbaiki posisi gigi-gigi di dalam mulut, dan merupakan kawat yang memiliki sifat tertentu. Kawat ini dapat terbuat dari logam paduan baja tahan karat 18-8 atau logam lainnya. Dari semua jenis kawat ortodonti, kawat baja tahan karat 18-8 merupakan kawat termurah, aman bagi manusia, memenuhi syarat-syarat teknis ortodonti, namun kawat ini lebih kaku dan kelenturannya paling rendah dibanding dengan kawat ortodonti jenis lainnya. ...

  2. DISTRIBUSI TINGKAT KARAT DAN LAJU KOROSI BAJA ST. 37 DALAM LINGKUNGAN AIR LAUT DAN AIR TANAH

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    Leonard, Johannes

    2012-01-01

    Untuk mempelajari fenomena pengaruh lingkungan korosif terhadap korosi pada baja karbon st.37, maka pengamatan terhadap masalah tersebut telah dilaksanakan. Tujuan penelitian ini adalah untuk menentukan tingkat karat, tipe dan laju korosi yang terjadi pada plat baja karbon st.37 yang digunakan dalam air laut dan air tanah. Pengujian dilakukan melalui percobaan perendaman pada suhu ruang. Air laut berasal dari perairan sekitar wilayah kota Makassar dan air tanah dari pinggiran kota Sunggum...

  3. Perbandingan Kekuatan Balok Beton Tanpa Perkuatan dengan Balok Beton Menggunakan Pelat Baja yang Diangkur

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    Haloho, Manna Gabrona Dinkdoh

    2015-01-01

    Struktur beton bertulang saat ini sudah sangat umum digunakan. Hal ini karena struktur beton bertulang lebih murah dibandingkan dengan struktur baja dan pengaplikasiannya pun lebih luas dibanding struktur baja. Seiring dengan pertumbuhan ekonomi dan keterbatasan lahan, banyak bangunan yang kemudian beralih fungsi. Untuk mengatasi hal ini, bangunan bisa saja dirubuhkan dan kemudian dilakukan pembangunan ulang. Namun untuk skala yang besar, hal ini dipandang sangat tidak ekono...

  4. Analisa Laju Korosi Pada Pelat Baja Karbon Dengan Variasi Ketebalan Coating

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    Yudha Kurniawan Afandi; Irfan Syarif Arief; Amiadji Amiadji

    2015-01-01

    Baja karbon rendah adalah baja yang paling banyak digunakan sebagai bahan pembuatan kapal. Sebagai moda transportasi yang beroperasi pada lingkungan laut yang korosif, maka diperlukan suatu perlindungan coating agar korosi yang terjadi bisa diperkecil. Pada pengujian ini, coating sengaja divariasikan ketebalannya. Hal ini mengacu pada tidak meratanya proses coating pada pelat lambung kapal, dikarenakan pengerjaan coating dilakukan secara manual dengan area yang dicat cukup luas. Sehingga kemu...

  5. Perencanaan Bangunan Komposit Baja-Beton Bertingkat Tahan Gempa Sesuai Peta Gempa 2010

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    Amin, Nasrul

    2011-01-01

    Perkembangan teknologi saat ini juga berimbas pada dunia konstruksi yang juga mengalami kemajuan yang cukup drastis terutama di bidang desain. Kayu dan beton yang selama ini digunakan penuh dalam setiap pembangunan gedung kini sudah mulai beralih menggunakan material baja. Karena diharapkan dengan menggunakan material baja ini dapat mengurangi terciptanya sampah-sampah konstruksi yang selama ini masih menjadi masalah bagi lingkungan. sebagai hasilnya terciptalah berbagai met...

  6. Valoración del paisaje de la selva baja caducifolia en la cuenca baja del río Papagayo (Guerrero), México (parte B)

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    Arturo García Romero; Karla Ivette Mendoza Robles; Leopoldo Galicia Sarmiento

    2005-01-01

    En la actualidad existe un amplio interés por el valor del paisaje como una alternativa de análisis ambiental, sin embargo, esta aproximación ha sido poco utilizada en los ecosistemas de México. El objetivo de este estudio fue determinar el valor del paisaje en la selva baja caducifolia (SBC) de la cuenca baja del río Papagayo, Guerrero, México. Se realizó una clasificación jerárquica de paisajes y se aplicó un índice de valor del paisaje basado en cuatro indicadores: sensibilidad...

  7. Ecology and Trophic Interactions of Jumbo Squid (Dosidicus gigas) in the California Current Ecosystem

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    Gilly, William; Field, John

    2012-01-01

    Humboldt squid have recently demonstrated a range expansion into the waters off California from the previous northern extent of their range in Mexico. In this new environment, we expected the vertical and horizontal migratory behavior and the diet to be generally similar those previously documented in Mexico. However, we also expected significant differences in diet and reproductive activity, with potentially great impacts on ecosystems in the California Current System. In particular, consump...

  8. Mexico - PROGRESA

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    2002-01-01

    For many of the world's poor, public safety-net programs are the only hope for a life free from chronic poverty and undernutrition. But the proper combination of incentives and support can be difficult to achieve. The International Food Policy Research Institute's in-depth evaluation of Mexico's PROGRESA (Programa de Educación, Salud y Alimentación) indicates that antipoverty programs that combine education, health, and nutrition interventions in one package can be quite successful in improvi...

  9. Studi Respon Seismik Penggunaan Steel Slit Damper (SSD pada Portal Baja

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    Lisa Ika Arumsari

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Salah satu metode yang dapat digunakan untuk mengurangi dampak dari beban gempa terhadap portal baja adalah menggunakan peredam. Steel Slit Damper (SSD adalah salah satu jenis peredam yang dibuat dari sejumlah pelat baja lunak berbentuk segi-4 yang dimodelkan sebagai pegas-pegas yang disusun secara seri. Energi akibat gempa disalurkan melalui strip-strip damper yang mudah meleleh ketika perangkat mengalami deformasi inelastis siklik. SSD mendisipasi energi melalui pembentukan sendi plastis atau pelelehan pelat damper. Pada penelitian ini dilakukan analisa respon seismik Steel Slit Damper (SSD pada portal baja 1 lantai yang menerima beban lateral berupa beban gempa, dengan membandingkan portal baja konvensional, portal baja inverted-v, dan portal baja dengan SSD. Hasil analisa menunjukkan bahwa gaya geser, gaya normal, dan momen yang dihasikan portal dengan SSD lebih kecil hingga 80,49% dari gaya-gaya yang dihasilkan portal konvensional, tetapi gaya-gaya tersebut masih lebih besar daripada yang dihasilkan portal inverted-V. Portal dengan SSD dapat memperkecil simpangan sebesar 94,12% pada portal konvensional dan sebesar 33,33% pada portal bracing inverted-v. Hasil penelitian juga menunjukkan bahwa portal SSD memiliki daktilitas 105,85% lebih tinggi dari portal konvensional dan 298,67% lebih tinggi dari portal bracing inverted-v

  10. Jumbo Squid (Dosidicus gigas) in situ Target Strength measurements in Northwest Mexico

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    Villalobos, H.; Manini-Ramos, F.; Salinas-Zavala, C.; Brehmer, Patrice

    2013-01-01

    In order to convert acoustic abundance indexes into biomass is essential to establish the relationship between squid size dorsal mantle length (DML) and acoustic Target Strength (TS). We had carried out in situ measurement in 2012 off Baja California on Dosidicus gigas. For both frequencies, we found significant differences between modes of measured and predicted TS distributions, 6 and 11 dB for 120 and 38 kHz, respectively. It is known that TS varies with several factors, including echosoun...

  11. A skin test survey of valley fever in Tijuana, Mexico.

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    Fredrich, B E

    1989-01-01

    Results of a study of the prevalence of valley fever among 1128 residents of Tijuana, Baja California are presented. Children from primary and middle schools (n = 497) and adults from technical institutes and maquiladoras (assembly plants) were tested for reaction to both spherulin and coccidioidin during 1985-1986, and they completed a questionnaire containing 23 variables on their socio-environment. Place of residence was mapped. The population sampled is largely middle class. Discriminant analysis indicates the distribution of positive cases is not clustered, nor can it be correlated with geomorphic factors such as mesa tops, canyons, or valley bottoms. PMID:2588049

  12. Impact of the 2015 El Niño-Southern Oscillation on the Abundance and Foraging Habits of Guadalupe Fur Seals and California Sea Lions from the San Benito Archipelago, Mexico

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    Elorriaga-Verplancken, Fernando R.; Sierra-Rodríguez, Gema E.; Hiram Rosales-Nanduca; Karina Acevedo-Whitehouse; Julieta Sandoval-Sierra

    2016-01-01

    The abundance of California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) (CSLs) and Guadalupe fur seals (Arctocephalus philippii townsendi) (GFSs) from the San Benito Archipelago (SBA) was determined through nine monthly surveys in 2014-2015. Assessment of their foraging habits was examined based on the isotopic analysis of pups (maternal indicators) (SIAR/SIBER-R). Environmental variability between 2014 and 2015 was also analyzed, in terms of sea surface temperature (SST) and chlorophyll (Chl-a) conce...

  13. EXCRECION FRACCIONAL DE UREA BAJA EN HIPONATREMIA INDUCIDA POR HIPOTIROIDISMO

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    Musso CG

    2005-02-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACTHypothyroidism can cause disturbance of renal hemodinamics, kidney histology, water and electrolyte metabolism, being hyponatremia and glomerular filtration reduction their low prevalent but most significant consequences. All these changes are largely corrected by substitution of exogenous thyroid hormone.Fractional excretion of urea (FEU is a useful index in the evaluation of hyponatremia. However, it was not still reported in the literature the FEU value in hyponatremia induced by hypothyroidism. Because of that we presented a case report showing that the value of FEU and fractional excretion of sodium (FENa were low (FEU: 29% and high (FENa: 2.2 % respectively in a severe hypothyroid patient. Treatment based on thyroid hormone normalized both indeces.RESUMEN:El hipotiroidismo puede causar alteraciones del metabolismo del agua, los electrolitos, la hemodinamia e histología renales, siendo la hiponatremia y la reducción del filtrado glomerular sus consecuencias más significativas, pero poco prevalentes. Todos estos cambios son corregibles con el suministro de hormona tiroidea exógena.La excreción fraccional de urea (EFU es un índice útil en la evaluación de la hiponatremia, pero no se ha descripto aun el valor que este índice alcanza en la hiponatremia inducida por hipotiroidismo. En el presente reporte mostramos que la EFU y excreción fraccional de sodio (EFNa fueron baja (EFU: 29% y alta (EFNa: 2.2% respectivamente en un paciente que padecía hipotiroidismo severo. El tratamiento con hormona tiroidea normalizó el valor de ambos índices.

  14. Low Frequency Waves Through the Gulf of California: Observations and Models

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    Flores-Morales, A. L.; Pares-Sierra, A.

    2007-05-01

    Long time series of sea surface temperature and surface height along the Mexican Pacific coast show that propagating coastal Kelvin waves, some cases propagate to the interior of the Gulf of California, while in some other cases they completely skip the gulf and the waves propagate through the gulf mouth to the western side of the peninsula de Baja California and to the north. Using satellite observations to identified events and a combination of numerical (ROMS) and analytical model, we investigate this phenomena focusing on discerning the set of conditions (mainly intensity and frequency of the waves) that determine which of these two main outcomes develops. Preliminary results are presented.

  15. Mid- to Late Holocene Climate Shift in the Southern Gulf of California and Tropical Pacific Ocean

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    Perez-Cruz, L. L.; Fucugauchi, J. U.; Velasco, V.; Rodriguez, A.; Choumiline, K.

    2014-12-01

    A multiproxy record has been acquired from a gravity core (DIPAL-I K47) taken in La Paz Basin, an area which is situated in the southwestern sector of the Gulf of California at the junction to the Tropical Pacific Ocean. The high-resolution data sets, from XRF, TOC, magnetic susceptibility and hysteresis measurements, were used to track climatic changes in the tropical climate system at sub-centennial time scales over the past 7.3 cal kyr BP. The paleoprecipitation record shows variation trends, with a shift during the mid- to late Holocene, characterized by changes from high to low humidity. Pluvial, biogenic and eolian input, marked by variations in Ti, Si, Fe, K, Ca, Zr/Ti, Ca/Ti and magnetic susceptibility, shows trend changes between 7-5 cal kyr, 5-4.5 cal kyr, 4.5-3.5 cal kyr and 2.15-1.4 kyr. Drought events are recognized from 3.7 to 3.4, 2.8 to 1.8 cal kyr BP, and between 1.4 and 1.2 cal kyr BP. The southern Gulf is well suited for documenting the climatic and precipitation changes in the tropical Pacific Ocean associated with ITCZ latitudinal migration, PDO, ENSO events and the North American monsoon. Analysis of sourcing, transport and deposition of sediments is used for reconstructing the changing ocean-atmosphere circulation patterns, particularly sensitive to paleoprecipitation. The Bay receives sediments mainly from the surrounding volcanic ranges of the peninsular Baja California. There are no rivers in the peninsula and sediments are related to pluvial input trough ephemeral creeks along the steep cliff ranges and narrow shelf. Biogenic sediments are associated with productivity and oceanographic conditions through upwellings and mesoscale gyres. Eolian sediments are transported into the basin from the peninsula and continent, including transport of fine dust from the northern desert of Sonora-Mojave and arid terrains in the peninsula. It is important to highlight that a common 1800 yr solar variation spectral periodicity has been captured

  16. New Constraints on the Timing, Magnitude and Style of Deformation in the Southern Gulf of California: Oblique Rifting Since ~14-12 Ma

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    Kent, G. M.; Harding, A. J.; Sutherland, F. H.; Umhoefer, P. J.; Lizarralde, D.; Driscoll, N. W.

    2008-12-01

    A multichannel seismic (MCS) profile spanning 600 km across conjugate rifted margins in the southern Gulf of California provides insight into the spatial and temporal evolution of extension of the Baja peninsula away from mainland Mexico. Stratigraphic analysis of multiple rifted basins within the Alarcon spreading corridor indicates an initial stage of extension starting near or shortly after 14-12 Ma. This initial phase of extension was characterized by the formation of several large, widely distributed basins, that show little to no syn-rift sedimentation. A second phase of extension, likely synchronous with large-scale basin opening in the central and northern Gulf of California, began at or near 6 Ma, and was characterized by the formation of smaller half-grabens along both conjugate margins, with syn- and post-rift sedimentary sequences. A key feature imaged in the MCS data is a highly reflective, ropey layer at the top of basement with a maximum thickness variation ranging between 250-500 m. Travel-time modeling of common mid-point (CMP) supergathers shows that this layer has a P-wave velocity of around 2.5 km/s, overlying a basement velocity of 4 km/s. The ropey reflectivity patterns along with its low P-wave velocity suggests a volcanic origin, which is interpreted to be either late-stage Comondu volcano-clastics ending near 11 Ma, and/or early rifting volcanics that range in age between 10-9 Ma. This layer is imaged continuously over the Tamayo bank and appears to be mantling the Tamayo trough, partially concealing the largest episode of rift-induced subsidence. Basic extrapolation of sediment thickness to time of deposition within the largest basins in this corridor (i.e., Tamayo trough) suggests that the onset of rifting began at ~14-11 Ma. These new spatial and temporal constraints, when combined with a crustal thickness tomographic profile obtained across the entire Alarcon corridor, support a model of NW-SE oblique extension within the Gulf of

  17. The Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS): Developing A Coastal Observation System To Enable Both Science Based Decision Making And Scientific Discovery

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    Terrill, E.; John, O.

    2005-05-01

    The Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS) is a consortium that extends from Northern Baja CA in Mexico to Morro Bay at the southern edge of central California, and aims to streamline, coordinate, and further develop individual institutional efforts by creating an integrated, multidisciplinary coastal observatory in the Bight of Southern California for the benefit of society. By leveraging existing infrastructure, partnerships, and private, local, state, and federal resources, SCCOOS is developing a fully operational coastal observation system to address issues related to coastal water quality, marine life resources, and coastal hazards for end user communities spanning local, state, and federal interests. However, to establish a sensible observational approach to address these societal drivers, sound scientific approaches are required in both the system design and the transformation of data to useful products. Since IOOS and coastal components of the NSF Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) are not mutually exclusive within this framework, the SCCOOS consortium of observatory implementers have created an organizational structure that encourages dovetailing of OOI into the routine observations provided by the operational components of a regional IOOS. To begin the development, SCCOOS has grant funding from the California Coastal Conservancy as part of a $21M, statewide initiative to establish a Coastal Ocean Currents Monitoring Program, and funding from NOAA's Coastal Observing Technology System (COTS). In addition, SCCOOS is leveraging IT development that has been supported by the NSF Information Technology Research program Real-time observatories, Applications,and Data Manageemnt Network (ROADNET), and anticipates using developments which will result from the NSF Laboratory for Ocean Observatory Knowledge Integration Grid (LOOKING) program. The observational components now funded at SCCOOS include surface current mapping by HF radar; high

  18. Differential effects of migration and deportation on HIV infection among male and female injection drug users in Tijuana, Mexico.

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    Steffanie A Strathdee

    Full Text Available HIV prevalence is rising, especially among high risk females in Tijuana, Baja California, a Mexico-US border city situated on major migration and drug trafficking routes. We compared factors associated with HIV infection among male and female injection drug users (IDUs in Tijuana in an effort to inform HIV prevention and treatment programs. IDUs aged > or = 18 years were recruited using respondent-driven sampling and underwent testing for HIV, syphilis and structured interviews. Logistic regression identified correlates of HIV infection, stratified by gender. Among 1056 IDUs, most were Mexican-born but 67% were born outside Tijuana. Reasons for moving to Tijuana included deportation from the US (56% for males, 29% for females, and looking for work/better life (34% for females, 15% for males. HIV prevalence was higher in females versus males (10.2% vs. 3.5%, p = 0.001. Among females (N = 158, factors independently associated with higher HIV prevalence included younger age, lifetime syphilis infection and living in Tijuana for longer durations. Among males (N = 898, factors independently associated with higher HIV prevalence were syphilis titers consistent with active infection, being arrested for having 'track-marks', having larger numbers of recent injection partners and living in Tijuana for shorter durations. An interaction between gender and number of years lived in Tijuana regressed on HIV infection was significant (p = 0.03. Upon further analysis, deportation from the U.S. explained the association between shorter duration lived in Tijuana and HIV infection among males; odds of HIV infection were four-fold higher among male injectors deported from the US, compared to other males, adjusting for all other significant correlates (p = 0.002. Geographic mobility has a profound influence on Tijuana's evolving HIV epidemic, and its impact is significantly modified by gender. Future studies are needed to elucidate the context of mobility and HIV

  19. Differential effects of migration and deportation on HIV infection among male and female injection drug users in Tijuana, Mexico.

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    Strathdee, Steffanie A; Lozada, Remedios; Ojeda, Victoria D; Pollini, Robin A; Brouwer, Kimberly C; Vera, Alicia; Cornelius, Wayne; Nguyen, Lucie; Magis-Rodriguez, Carlos; Patterson, Thomas L

    2008-01-01

    HIV prevalence is rising, especially among high risk females in Tijuana, Baja California, a Mexico-US border city situated on major migration and drug trafficking routes. We compared factors associated with HIV infection among male and female injection drug users (IDUs) in Tijuana in an effort to inform HIV prevention and treatment programs. IDUs aged > or = 18 years were recruited using respondent-driven sampling and underwent testing for HIV, syphilis and structured interviews. Logistic regression identified correlates of HIV infection, stratified by gender. Among 1056 IDUs, most were Mexican-born but 67% were born outside Tijuana. Reasons for moving to Tijuana included deportation from the US (56% for males, 29% for females), and looking for work/better life (34% for females, 15% for males). HIV prevalence was higher in females versus males (10.2% vs. 3.5%, p = 0.001). Among females (N = 158), factors independently associated with higher HIV prevalence included younger age, lifetime syphilis infection and living in Tijuana for longer durations. Among males (N = 898), factors independently associated with higher HIV prevalence were syphilis titers consistent with active infection, being arrested for having 'track-marks', having larger numbers of recent injection partners and living in Tijuana for shorter durations. An interaction between gender and number of years lived in Tijuana regressed on HIV infection was significant (p = 0.03). Upon further analysis, deportation from the U.S. explained the association between shorter duration lived in Tijuana and HIV infection among males; odds of HIV infection were four-fold higher among male injectors deported from the US, compared to other males, adjusting for all other significant correlates (p = 0.002). Geographic mobility has a profound influence on Tijuana's evolving HIV epidemic, and its impact is significantly modified by gender. Future studies are needed to elucidate the context of mobility and HIV acquisition in

  20. Spatial variation of soil salinity in the Mexicali Valley, Mexico: application of a practical method for agricultural monitoring.

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    Judkins, Gabriel; Myint, Soe

    2012-09-01

    The degradation of irrigated lands through the process of soil salinization, or the buildup of salts in the soil, has hampered recent increases in agricultural productivity and threatens the sustainability of large-scale cultivation in critical agricultural regions of the world. Rapid detection of soil salinity on a regional basis has been identified as key for effective mitigation of such land degradation. The ability to detect regional patterns of soil salinity at an accuracy sufficient for regional-scale resource management is demonstrated using Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper (TM) imagery. A case study of the Mexicali Valley of Baja California, Mexico was selected due to the region's agricultural significance and concern for future soil salinity increases. Surface soil salinity was mapped using georeferenced field measurements of electrical conductivity (EC), collected concurrently with Landsat 5 TM imagery. Correlations between EC measurements and common indices derived from the satellite imagery were used to produce a model of soil salinity through regression analysis. Landsat band 7, TNDVI, PCA 1, Tasseled Cap 3 and Tasseled Cap 5 were found to offer the most promising correlations with surface soil salinity. Generally low levels of soil salinity were detected, however, distinct areas of elevated surface salinity were detected at levels potentially impacting sensitive crops cultivated within the region. The difficulty detecting low levels of salinity and the mid-range spatial resolution of Landsat 5 TM imagery restrict the applicability of this methodology to the study of broad regional patterns of degradation most appropriate for use by regional resource managers. PMID:22744157