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Isla Rasa is an island in the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez), located east of mainland Mexico (Baja California Peninsula). The island covers a total area of approx 0,6 km2 (0,2 ml2) and is uninhabited.
- Isla Rasa is so small that it's difficult to find it on a map. It lies between Isla Angel de la Guarda and Isla San Lorenzo. It is also west of Isla Tiburon, approx 60 km (37 ml) southeast from Bahia de los Angeles (Baja California Sur).
- The island has 3 species of reptiles: Sauromalus hispidus (spiny chuckwalla), Uta stansburiana (common side-blotched lizard) and Phyllodactylus nocticolus (peninsular leaf-toed gecko).
- The island is flat and very small, but as many as 500.000 seabirds nest here at once. Almost all the world's Elegant Terns (comming from Chile and Peru) and Heermann's Gulls (comming from British Columbia Canada) come here to breed.
- The climate is very dry, with scant rain throughout the year (mainly between August-December). The most abundant plants are 2 species of cholla (Opuntia cholla and O-bigelovii) that, along with saltbushes cover most of the land.
- The landscape features low hills (volcanic rock_ and vast valleys with guano (excrement excrements) deposits. Shores are rocky, with cliffs in the eastern side and 3 tidal lagoons on the western, one of which directly linked to the Pacific Ocean.
Isla Rasa cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Isla Rasa dock (anchor) at Bahia de Los Angeles (Baja California, Mexico).