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Heavy Outflow of Sediments from Guadalquivir River, Spain – January 16th, 2010

36.8N 6.3W

January 16th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Spain - January 8th, 2010

Spain - January 8th, 2010

While much of the rest of Europe has been experiencing an Arctic chill with snowfall, southern Spain and Portugal appear free of the white, powdery substance. The Guadalquivir River, on the other hand, can be seen emptying a thick load of tan sediments off the coast of Spain, probably due to heavier precipitation further north.

The Guadalquivir is the second longest river in Spain (fifth after the Tagus, Ebro, Duero and Guadiana), and the longest in Andalusia. The Guadalquivir is 657 kilometers long and drains an area of about 58,000 square kilometers. It begins at Cañada de las Fuentes in the Cazorla mountain range (Jaén), passes through Córdoba and Seville and ends at the fishing village of Bonanza, in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, flowing into the Gulf of Cádiz, in the Atlantic Ocean. The marshy lowlands at the river’s end are known as “Las Marismas”. It borders Doñana National Park reserve.

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