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A Journey Into Paradise

Enjoy Spectacular Sunsets on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula

14 January, 2014

A beautiful sunset can be the perfect ending to any perfect day,especially one spent enjoying the scenic natural beauty of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Here,the exquisite array of vivid colors will mesmerize you with their richness and beauty,with some of the most fabulous sunsets that can be found anywhere in the world. So why are they so beautiful in this part of the world?

To start with,you have to develop an understanding of how sunsets are actually created. The color of the sun changes from white at high noon to shades of yellow,orange and red as it moves toward evening,mainly due to the sun's position on the horizon and the effect this has on the intensity of different wavelengths of visible light that are able to reach the observer's eye. For example,as it nears the horizon,the sun's light enters the atmosphere at a lower angle and is therefore required to pass through more of the atmosphere than when it is directly overhead. The subsequent increase in the number of air molecules in the atmosphere works to scatter the shorter waves of light,such as blue and violet,while allowing the longer waves,such as orange,red and yellow,to pass through the atmosphere.

So,the number and density of atmospheric particles has a direct effect on the appearance of incoming sunlight and plays a major role in the type of sunset that will be seen. Therefore,places like the Rocky Mountains,where the atmosphere generally contains less dust,tend to produce sunsets that are more white or yellow in hue,thanks to the reduced number of scattered particles in the atmosphere. Denser atmospheres tend to produce vibrant orange,red and yellow sunsets,thanks to the scattering of shorter violet and blue wavelengths of light that occurs due to the larger number of particles in the air.

Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula regularly experiences vibrant red sunsets thanks to a heavy concentration of particles in the atmosphere. Also of note,some beaches tend to experience a large number of bright red sunsets due to the high levels of salt particles that can be found in the air suspended over the ocean. These salt particles help to more completely scatter the blue and violet wavelengths,as do dust and ash particles that can be injected into the atmosphere by volcanic eruptions.

Twilight is one of the most beautiful times of day in the Yucatan. As evening approaches,sunlight is refracted by the atmosphere,causing the sun to appear higher in the sky than it really is. The combined effects of refraction and the atmospheric particles that effectively scatter the sunlight work together to paint the stunning hues of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

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