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Tagus and Guadiana Rivers in Portugal and Spain

July 29th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Spain and Portugal - June 29th, 2010

Spain and Portugal - June 29th, 2010

This image spans much of Portugal (left) and western Spain (right). The land appears drier to the south, in both countries, and in the portion of Spain visible in the upper right quadrant.

Due to this dryness, irrigation is important. The reservoir created by the Alqueva Dam, bottom center, along the Guadiana River is used for irrigation and hydroelectric power. Following the river to the north, many areas of green agriculture can be seen near its banks.

West of the reservoir, in the lower left corner, is the Tagus River estuary, brownish due to sediments. The city of Lisbon, Portugal’s capital, is located on the shores of the estuary.

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