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Coastal Algeria, Eastern Spain and Balearic Islands

36.6N 1.1E

December 28th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Lakes, Mountains, Salt Flats

Algeria and Spain - December 22nd, 2011

A strip of land along the coast of Algeria appear green and fertile, in contrast with the Sahara Desert to the south. Visible parallel to the coast are the Saharan Atlas Mountains. Near the center of the shoreline, just below the change in terrain, is the Chott Ech Chergui, a large endorheic salt lake (appearing tan in color, here).

To the north, the eastern part of the Iberian Peninsula can be observed in the upper left quadrant, with the Spanish Balearic Islands, including Majorca (the largest), Minorca (to its east) and Ibiza and Formentera (to its west), visible in the Mediterranean Sea at the upper center and right.

Vortex Near Balearic Islands, Spain

37.9N 0.2E

September 18th, 2011 Category: Clouds

Spain - August 13th, 2011

Visible off the eastern coast of Spain and northern coast of Algeria, over the Mediterranean Sea, is a cloud vortex.

Spain’s Balearic Islands can be observed to the northeast of the vortex, near the upper right edge (from northeast to southwest) Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera.

Balearic Islands Southeast of Ebro Delta, Spain

38.9N 1.4E

June 3rd, 2011 Category: Rivers

Spain - May 23rd, 2011

Spain’s Balearic Islands can be observed here in the Mediterranea Sea: (from northeast to southwest) Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera.

To the west, on the Spanish mainland, Cap de la Nau (“Cape of the Ship”) can be seen west of Ibiza, and the Ebro Delta can be seen north-northwest of Ibiza. The Ebro River can also be seen flowing across a valley, towards the delta.

Balearic Islands Archipelago, Spain – February 25th, 2009

February 25th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

The Balearic Islands - February 18th, 2009

The Balearic Islands - February 18th, 2009

The Balnearic Islands - February 18th, 2009

Islands close-up

The Balearic Islands are an archipelago of about 50 islands in the western Mediterranean Sea, about 80 kilometers off the eastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula, visible on the left. The coast of Africa can also be seen on the bottom right.

The four largest islands are Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza, and Formentera. The archipelago forms an autonomous community and a province of Spain, of which the capital city is Palma.

Majorca (center) is Spain’s largest island. It has two mountainous regions, each about 70 km in length. Visible in the close-up, these occupy the north-western (Serra de Tramuntana or Tramuntana range) and eastern thirds of the island.

The northeast coast comprises two sweeping bays: the Badia de Pollença and the larger Badia d’Alcúdia. The northern coast is generally rugged and has many cliffs. The central zone extending from Palma is generally flat fertile plain known as Es Pla.

The climate is Mediterranean, with markedly higher precipitation in the Serra de Tramuntana. Summers are hot in the plains and winters mild to cool, getting colder in the Tramuntana range; in this part of the island brief episodes of snow during the winter are not unusual.

Minorca (northeast of Majorca) gets its name from being smaller than the nearby island of Majorca. Its highest point, called El Toro or Monte Toro, is 358 m/1174 ft above sea level.

Ibiza (southwest of Majorca) is the third largest of the islands. With Formentera (south of Ibiza), it is one of the two Pine Islands.

Western Mediterranean Islands and Nations

39.6N 3.0E

December 27th, 2011 Category: Sediments

Mediterranean - December 22nd, 2011

This image shows the western Mediterranean Sea and nations surrounding it, including Italy (upper right corner) and Spain (lower left quadrant). France is mostly obscured by the clouds in the upper left quadrant, but Algeria is clearly visible below in the full image.

Several islands can also be seen: Sardinia (right edge), belonging to Italy, Corsica (north of former), belonging to France, and the Balearic Islands (just below center) of Spain, the largest of which is Majorca, with Minorca to its east and Ibiza and Formentera to its west.

The coastlines are mostly sediment free, although some greenish sediments can be seen by the Ebro Delta on the coast of Spain and in the Ligurian Sea near Genova off the Italian coast.