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Strait of Gibraltar Separating Spain and Morocco

35.9N 5.5W

May 13th, 2012 Category: Sediments

Spain and Morocco - May 11th, 2012

The Strait of Gibraltar is a narrow strait that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea and separates Spain in Europe from Morocco in Africa. Europe and Africa are separated by 7.7 nautical miles (14.3 km; 8.9 mi) of ocean at the strait’s narrowest point.

The Strait’s depth ranges between 300 and 900 metres (160 and 490 fathoms; 980 and 3,000 ft). Here, the strait appears mostly sediment free, as do the waters of the Mediterranean Sea to the east. Some sediments are visible where the Guadalquivir River enters the Gulf of Cádiz by the city of Sanlúcar de Barrameda.

Iberian Peninsula, From the Pyrenees to the Strait of Gibraltar – September 27th, 2011

September 27th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Mountains

Spain - September 25th, 2011

This image shows the entire Iberian Peninsula, located in the extreme southwest of Europe. It includes the modern-day sovereign states of Spain, which occupies most of the peninsula, Portugal, which occupies most of the west of the peninsula, and Andorra, as well as the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar (the Strait of Gibraltar can be seen near the bottom edge).

The peninsula is bordered on the southeast and east by the Mediterranean Sea, and on the north, west and southwest by the Atlantic Ocean. The Pyrenees (visible in the upper right quadrant) form the northeast edge of the peninsula, separating it from the rest of Europe. In the south, it approaches the northern coast of Africa. It is the second-largest peninsula in Europe, with an area of approximately 580,000 km2 (220,000 sq mi).

Strait of Gibraltar and Nearby Cities, Spain and Morocco – May 31st, 2011

36.1N 5.3W

May 31st, 2011 Category: Image of the day

Spain - May 23rd, 2011

The Strait of Gibraltar, separating Spain (above) and Morocco (below) and the Atlantic Ocean (left) from the Mediterranean Sea (right), can be seen just left of the center of this image.

The city of Tangier can be observed in Morocco on the southwestern side of the strait. Also, some clouds cling to the Moroccon coastline on the southeastern side of the strait.

Across the strait, just north of these clouds, is a semi-circular populated grey area along the coast (best observed in the full image).

On the left side of the semi-circle is the Spanish city of Algeciras, on the right side is the British overseas territory of Gibraltar, and between the two is the city of La Línea de la Concepción. Also visible along the Spanish coast to the east are the cities of Malaga and El Ejido.

Strait of Gibraltar Bewteen Spain and Morocco – April 12th, 2011

35.9N 5.5W

April 12th, 2011 Category: Image of the day

Spain and Morocco - March 30th, 2011

The Strait of Gibraltar is a narrow strait that connects the Atlantic Ocean (left) to the Mediterranean Sea (right), and separates Spain in Europe (above) from Morocco in Africa (below).

Most of the land visible in southern Spain and Portugal, as well as coastal northwestern Morocco, appears green and fertile. The terrain in Morocco south of the Rif Mountains, on the other hand, is dry desert.

Western Coast of Morocco, from Strait of Gibraltar to Ras Nouadhibou Peninsula

27.8N 13.1W

October 25th, 2010 Category: Deserts, Mountains

Morocco - October 21st, 2010

This image focuses on the Atlantic Coast of Morocco, with the Canary Islands visible offshore. The ridges of the Atlas Mountains appear as dark brown areas, while large expanses of sandy Saharan Desert appear golden in color.

In the full image, the entire western coastline of Morocco can be observed, from the Strait of Gibraltar in the north, by Spain, to the Ras Nouadhibou Peninsula, divided between Morocco/Western Sahara (north) and Mauritania (south), by the Bay of Arguin.