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City of Palma on Island of Majorca, Spain

39.5N 2.6E

February 22nd, 2011 Category: Snapshots

Spain - February 11th, 2011

This image focuses on Majorca, one of Spain’s Balearic Islands, in the Mediterranean Sea. The city of Palma, the capital of the Balearic Islands archipelago and autonomous community, can be observed along the shores of the large bay on the southern side of the island.

In the full image, the smaller islands of Minorca and Ibiza and can be observed to the east and west of Majorca, respectively. Just south of Ibiza is the island of Formentera. This four islands are the main four of the archipelago. Other smaller islands can also be seen nearby, such as the minor island of Cabrera, just south of Majorca.

Sediments Along Spanish Coast from Ebro Delta to Cap de la Nau

40.7N 0.8E

November 13th, 2010 Category: Mountains, Rivers

Spain - October 19th, 2010

Sediments line the eastern coast of Spain, in the Balearic Sea (part of the Mediterranean Sea). The majority are spilling forth from the Ebro Delta, protruding off the coast in the upper part of the image, and reach down to Cap de la Nau (“Cape of the Ship”), at the end of the large peninsula extending out into the sea.

East of Cap de la Nau are the islands of Ibiza (larger, above) and Formentera (smaller, below). They are members of the Balearic Islands group.

Inland, the terrain is mixed between dry and tan in color, and green with vegetation, mostly in areas at higher elevations. The Pyrenees can be observed at the top of the full image.

Spain, Morocco and Algeria Along Mediterranean Sea Coastline

38.4N 1.9E

October 8th, 2010 Category: Deserts, Mountains

Spain - August 26th, 2010

This image focuses on the countries around the western part of the Mediterranean Sea. Spain occupies the upper left quadrant, Morocco the lower left quadrant, and Algeria the lower right quadrant. Several islands can also be observed, including Spain’s Balearic Islands (center) and the western shoreline of Sardinia (upper right corner), belonging to Italy.

Part near the shoreline, Morocco and Algeria show some green vegetation, although their landscape in the image is mostly dominated by the Sahara Desert to the south. Spain also shows some dry areas, although the terrain by the Pyrenees appears particularly green and vegetated.

Vegetation Index of Western Europe by Mediterranean Sea

45.3N 3.7E

October 6th, 2010 Category: Vegetation Index

Spain, France, Switzerland and Italy - August 26th, 2010

This FAPAR image stretches across western Europe, along the Mediterranean Sea. From left to right, the visible countries are Spain, France, Switzerland and Italy. Several islands can also be observed: Corsica (above, belonging to France) Sardinia (below, belonging to Italy) by the right edge, and two of Spain’s Balearic Islands: Majorca and Minorca (near the bottom edge).

Spain shows the lowest vegetation index, with much of the land south of the Pyrenees appearing white to yellow. On the other hand, the terrain by the Pyrenees themselves, on the border of Spain and France, and the terrain by France’s Massif Central, as well as an area of land in Italy south of the Alps, show the the highest index (reddish brown). The majority of the land across France, Italy and Switzerland all shows a good index (green).

Vegetation Index of Italy, Nations Near the Alps, and Mediterranean Isles – June 3rd, 2010

43.2N 12.0E

June 3rd, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Vegetation Index

Italy - April 28th, 2010

Italy - April 28th, 2010

This FAPAR image focuses on Italy, including its islands of Sicily (lower right corner) and Sardinia (bottom, center). Other visible islands include Corsica (north of Sardinia), belonging to France, and two of Spain’s Balearic Islands: Majorca and Minorca (lower left corner).

Situated beyond the northern slopes of the Alps are France (left), Switzerland (center) and Austria (right). The peaks of the Alps are capped in snow and appear white, while most of the image is green, indicating a good vegetation index. Some areas of high photosynthetic activity (red) are visible, particularly in France.

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