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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.

Sediments in the Strait of Gibraltar and Mountains of Morocco – January 18th, 2010

35.9N 5.5W

January 18th, 2010 Category: Image of the day

Morocco - January 2nd, 2010

Morocco - January 2nd, 2010

Sediments frame the western coasts of Morocco (below) and Spain (above) and flow from the Atlantic Ocean (left) through the Strait of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean Sea (right). Although water moves in both directions between the two bodies of water, on the whole and over time, the balance of the water flow is eastwards, due to an evaporation rate within the Mediterranean basin that is higher than the combined inflow of all the rivers that empty into it.

To the south, the Atlas Mountains can be seen running diagonally across Morocco and into Algeria. The entire range extends about 2,500 km (1,500 miles), all the way east to Tunisia. The Sahara Desert can be observed below this range. Another shorter range, the Rif Mountains, are visible just below the strait. These mountains are not part of the Atlas chain.

Wide-swath Image of the Strait of Gibraltar – October 13th, 2009

35.9N 5.5W

October 13th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Strait of Gibraltar - August 27th, 2009

Strait of Gibraltar - August 27th, 2009

Close-up of strait

Close-up of strait

Moroccan coast

Moroccan coast

The main image here is an orthorectified wide-swath ASAR (radar) image of southern Spain and northern Morocco. It is possible to see a larger area as the width of the swath is five times that of a normal IMM image.

The first close-up focuses on the northeastern coast of Morocco near the port city of Al Hoceima, by the center of the Rif Mountains.

The second close-up focuses on the Strait of Gibraltar. Ships can be seen moving through the strait and clustered around the port city of La Línea de la Concepción, on the eastern isthmus of the Bay of Gibraltar, and the nearby British overseas territory of Gibraltar (right edge).