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Sediments in the Gulf of Cádiz, Spain – February 12th, 2010

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February 12th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

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Sediments line the coast of Spain and flow far out into the Atlantic Ocean northwest of the Strait of Gibraltar. Most of these come from the Guadalquivir River, which can be observed in the full image as a tan ribbon across the landscape. Further down the coast, near the city of Cadiz, the Guadalete River can also be seen discharging a lesser amount of sediments.

The Guadalquivir is the second longest river in Spain, at 657 kilometers long, and the only great navigable river in the country. It rises in the Cazorla mountain range and terminates by the fishing village of Bonanza, in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, flowing into the Gulf of Cádiz, in the Atlantic Ocean.

The Guadalete River, on the other hand, is smaller and shorter, running for 172 km into the Bay of Cádiz at El Puerto de Santa Maria, south of the city of Cádiz.

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