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Vegetation Index Higher Moving East to West in Spain, Portugal and Morocco

36.1N 5.4W

January 23rd, 2012 Category: Vegetation Index

Spain, Portugal and Morocco - January 4th, 2012

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of parts of Portugal (above left), Spain (above right) and Morocco (below), across the Strait of Gibraltar. The index ranges from good (green false-coloring) to low (yellow false-coloring).

Photosynthetic activity is higher to the west, in Portugal, and becomes progressively lower as one moves eastward towards Spain’s Meseta Central. It becomes higher once again in extreme southern Spain just north of the Strait of Gibraltar. The index in the small area of Morocco that is visible also appears higher to the west and lower to the east.

Sediments in Gulf of Cádiz, Spain and Portugal

36.5N 6.2W

December 20th, 2011 Category: Sediments

Spain and Portugal - December 18th, 2011

This image stretches across Portugal (left) to Spain (center and right). Sediments can be observed along the west coast of Portugal and the shores of the Gulf of Cádiz, the arm of the Atlantic Ocean between Cape St. Vincent (Cabo de São Vicente) in Portugal and Cape Trafalgar (Cabo Trafalgar) at the western end of the Strait of Gibraltar.

Two major rivers, the Guadalquivir and the Guadiana, as well as smaller rivers, like the Odiel, the Tinto, and the Guadalete, reach the ocean here. The Strait of Gibraltar can be seen at the lower right, with part of Morocco partially visible by the clouds at the bottom edge.

Atlas Mountains Stretching Across Northern Africa

33.9N 1.5W

November 13th, 2011 Category: Mountains

Spain, Morocco, Algeria - November 8th, 2011

This image stretches from Spain (upper left), across the Strait of Gibraltar, to Morocco (lower left) and Algeria (right). The strait, which separates Europe and Africa by 14.3 km (8.9 mi) at its narrowest point, is partially obscured by clouds.

The Atlas Mountains can be seen stretching across Northern Africa, parallel to the coast. The range extends about 2,500 km (1,600 mi) through Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. The Atlas ranges separate the Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines from the Sahara Desert.

Mountains of Meseta Central on Iberian Peninsula

39.1N 4.2W

November 2nd, 2011 Category: Mountains

Spain and Portugal - October 30th, 2011

This image stretches across the Iberian Peninsula, from Portugal (left) to Spain (right). The peninsula is separated from Morocco by the Strait of Gibraltar, visible through a light layer of clouds near the bottom edge.

The interior of the peninsula is home to the Meseta Central, a vast plateau in the heart of Spain, that has elevations that range from 610 to 760 m. Rimmed by mountains, the Meseta Central slopes gently to the west and to the series of rivers that form some of the border with Portugal.

Iberian Peninsula, From the Pyrenees to the Strait of Gibraltar – September 27th, 2011

September 27th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Mountains

Spain - September 25th, 2011

This image shows the entire Iberian Peninsula, located in the extreme southwest of Europe. It includes the modern-day sovereign states of Spain, which occupies most of the peninsula, Portugal, which occupies most of the west of the peninsula, and Andorra, as well as the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar (the Strait of Gibraltar can be seen near the bottom edge).

The peninsula is bordered on the southeast and east by the Mediterranean Sea, and on the north, west and southwest by the Atlantic Ocean. The Pyrenees (visible in the upper right quadrant) form the northeast edge of the peninsula, separating it from the rest of Europe. In the south, it approaches the northern coast of Africa. It is the second-largest peninsula in Europe, with an area of approximately 580,000 km2 (220,000 sq mi).

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