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Ebro Delta and Barcelona, Spain

40.5N 0.6E

August 22nd, 2009 Category: Rivers

Spain - July 28th, 2009

Spain - July 28th, 2009

The provinces of Tarragona and Barcelona, in eastern Spain, in the southern part of the autonomous community of Catalonia, enjoy a long stretch of coastline bordering the Mediterranean Sea. The city of Barcelona can be seen on the shoreline in the upper right quadrant.

The coast is mostly free of sediments, probably due to a lack of rain during the dry, hot summer months typical of this region. However, some sediments can be seen flowing in a northeast direction from the mouth of the Ebro River in the Ebro Delta.

The delta is one of the largest wetland areas in the western Mediterranean region, at 320 km² and growing. Currently, the delta is used intensively for agriculture, including rice, fruit, and vegetables. It also contains many beaches, marshes, and salt pans.

Barcelona, Spain

41.3N 2.1E

July 30th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Barcelona, Spain - July 15th, 2009

Barcelona, Spain - July 15th, 2009

Barcelona, Spain’s second largest city, lies on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Barcelona lies on a plateau by the coast, and is bounded to the west by the Serra de Collserola ridge.  More and more ridges become visible in this orthorectified image as one moves north towards the Pyrenees.

The populated areas of Barcelona and its metropolitican area appear white or light grey, while the dark grey, flat area along the coast just south of the city is mostly an industrial zone.  The Llobregat River flows through this area, and Barcelona’s main airport is located there as well.


Barcelona, Spain by Radar

February 15th, 2009 Category: Rivers, Snapshots

Barcelona, Spain - February 12th, 2009

Barcelona, Spain - February 12th, 2009

Barcelona is the capital and most populous city of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain, with a population of 1,615,908 in 2008.

It is located on the Mediterranean coast between the mouths of the rivers Llobregat and Besòs and is bounded to the west by the Serra de Collserola ridge (512 m/1,680 ft).

The city rests in a plateau near the coast, surrounded by hills and mountains which can be best seen in the full image. The two rivers appear as dark grey lines running through the white of the city to the coast.

Barcelona is also a major economic centre with one of Europe’s principal Mediterranean ports. Some ships, which look like white dots, can be seen entering and exiting the port.

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Spain and Northern Morocco – March 29th, 2009

March 29th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Spain - February 24th, 2009

Spain - February 24th, 2009

Spain is a country located in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. With an area of 504,030 km², it is the second largest country in Western Europe after France.

Its mainland is bordered to the south and east by the Mediterranean Sea except for a small land boundary with Gibraltar; to the north by France, Andorra, and the Bay of Biscay; and to the west by the Atlantic Ocean and Portugal.

Spanish territory also includes the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the African coast, and two autonomous cities in North Africa, Ceuta and Melilla, that border Morocco.

Northern Morocco and the aforementioned autonomous cities are visible in the below part of the image, separated from Spain by the Strait of Gibraltar. Part of northwestern Algeria is also visible on the lower right. Some dust can be seen east of Morocco, blowing from the desert over the Atlantic Ocean.

The lack of clouds makes it possible to see the differences in the Spanish terrain, from lush green vegetation to orange, arid areas. The country has, in fact, four different climate zones.

Spain has a Continental Mediterranean climate in the inland areas of the peninsula, including Madrid.

A Mediterranean climate region extends from the Andalusian plain along the southern and eastern coasts up to the Pyrenees, on the seaward side of the mountain ranges that run near the coast, including Barcelona. These mountains receive warm winds from the Saharas called Leveche, also known as Sirocco.

In Galicia and the coastal strip near the Bay of Biscay and Bilbao, there is an Oceanic climate. This area is often called Green Spain, as one may have guessed from the color of the vegetation in the image.

Finally,  the Canary Islands enjoy a Subtropical climate, with high humidity.

Spain – September 18th, 2008

September 17th, 2008 Category: Image of the day

September 15th, 2008 - SpainSpain

September 15th, 2008 - Spain

Madrid, Spain

Madrid, Spain

The Spanish mainland is bordered to the south and east by the Mediterranean Sea except for a small land boundary with Gibraltar; to the north by France, Andorra, and the Bay of Biscay; and to the west by the Atlantic Ocean and Portugal. Spanish territory also includes the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the African coast, and two autonomous cities in North Africa, Ceuta and Melilla, that border Morocco. With an area of 504,030 km², Spain is the second largest country in Western Europe after France.

At 194,884 mi² (504,782 km²), Spain is the world’s 51st-largest country. It is some 47,000 km² smaller than France and 81,000 km² larger than the U.S. state of California.

Valencia, Spain

Valencia, Spain

On the west, Spain borders Portugal, on the south, it borders Gibraltar (a British overseas territory) and Morocco, through its cities in North Africa (Ceuta and Melilla). On the northeast, along the Pyrenees mountain range, it borders France and the tiny principality of Andorra.

Spain also includes the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea, the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean and a number of uninhabited islands on the Mediterranean side of the strait of Gibraltar, known as Plazas de soberanía, such as the Chafarine islands, the isle of Alborán, the “rocks” (peñones) of Vélez and Alhucemas, and the tiny Isla Perejil. Along the Pyrenees in Catalonia, a small exclave town called Llívia is surrounded by France. The little Pheasant Island in the River Bidasoa is a Spanish-French condominium.

Cartagena, Spain

Cartagena, Spain

Mainland Spain is dominated by high plateaus and mountain ranges, such as the Sierra Nevada. Running from these heights are several major rivers such as the Tagus, the Ebro, the Duero, the Guadiana and the Guadalquivir. Alluvial plains are found along the coast, the largest of which is that of the Guadalquivir in Andalusia.

Due to Spain’s geographical situation and orographic conditions, the climate is extremely diverse; it can be roughly divided into three areas:

  • A Continental Mediterranean climate in the inland areas of the Peninsula (largest city, Madrid).
  • A Mediterranean climate region extends from the Andalusian plain along the southern and eastern coasts up to the Pyrenees, on the seaward side of the mountain ranges that run near the coast (largest city, Barcelona). They get warm winds from the Saharas called Leveche, also known as Sirocco.
  • An Oceanic climate in Galicia and the coastal strip near the Bay of Biscay (largest city, Bilbao). This area is often called Green Spain.
Gibraltar, Spain

Gibraltar, Spain

Malaga, Spain

Malaga, Spain

There is a territorial dispute with the United Kingdom over Gibraltar, a 6 square km Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom in the southernmost part of the Iberian Peninsula which was conquered by Britain from Spain in 1704 during the War of the Spanish Succession, along with the Spanish island of Minorca (which had also been invaded but was reconquered in 1782 and finally ceded back to Spain in 1802 by the Treaty of Amiens).

The legal situation concerning Gibraltar was settled in 1713 by the Treaty of Utrecht, in which Spain ceded the territory in perpetuity to the British Crown stating that, should the British abandon this post, it would return to Spanish sovereignty.

Ever since the 1940s Spain has called for the return of Gibraltar. The overwhelming majority of Gibraltarians strongly oppose this, along with any proposal of shared sovereignty. UN resolutions call on the United Kingdom and Spain, both EU members, to reach an agreement over the status of Gibraltar.

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