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Strait of Gibraltar Between Spain and Morocco

35.9N 5.5W

July 22nd, 2010 Category: Rivers

Spain - June 26th, 2010

Spain - June 26th, 2010

The Strait of Gibraltar is a narrow strait that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea and separates Spain in Europe from Morocco in Africa. The two continents are separated by 7.7 nautical miles (14.24 km) of ocean at the strait’s narrowest point.

The British overseas territory of Gibraltar is visible on the northern shores of the strait as a pointed peninsula east of a rounded bay. Moving around the coast to the west, the Guadalquivir River can be seen discharging greenish sediments.

Gibraltar Peninsula and Strait of Gibraltar

36.1N 5.3W

July 7th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Spain - June 30th, 2010

Spain - June 30th, 2010

The Strait of Gibraltar, left, is the narrow strait that separates the countries of Spain (above) and Morocco (below), and the continents of Europe and Africa. It also connects to Atlantic Ocean (left) to the Mediterranean Sea (right).

On the northern shores of the strait is the British overseas territory of Gibraltar. The territory itself is a peninsula of 6.843 square kilometres (2.642 sq mi) whose isthmus connects to the north with Spain. Upon opening the full image, the peninsula, grey in color with a pointy tip, is easily identifiable at the entrance to the Mediterranean.

Sediments in the Strait of Gibraltar and Mountains of Morocco – January 18th, 2010

35.9N 5.5W

January 18th, 2010 Category: Image of the day

Morocco - January 2nd, 2010

Morocco - January 2nd, 2010

Sediments frame the western coasts of Morocco (below) and Spain (above) and flow from the Atlantic Ocean (left) through the Strait of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean Sea (right). Although water moves in both directions between the two bodies of water, on the whole and over time, the balance of the water flow is eastwards, due to an evaporation rate within the Mediterranean basin that is higher than the combined inflow of all the rivers that empty into it.

To the south, the Atlas Mountains can be seen running diagonally across Morocco and into Algeria. The entire range extends about 2,500 km (1,500 miles), all the way east to Tunisia. The Sahara Desert can be observed below this range. Another shorter range, the Rif Mountains, are visible just below the strait. These mountains are not part of the Atlas chain.

Wide-swath Image of the Strait of Gibraltar – October 13th, 2009

35.9N 5.5W

October 13th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Strait of Gibraltar - August 27th, 2009

Strait of Gibraltar - August 27th, 2009

Close-up of strait

Close-up of strait

Moroccan coast

Moroccan coast

The main image here is an orthorectified wide-swath ASAR (radar) image of southern Spain and northern Morocco. It is possible to see a larger area as the width of the swath is five times that of a normal IMM image.

The first close-up focuses on the northeastern coast of Morocco near the port city of Al Hoceima, by the center of the Rif Mountains.

The second close-up focuses on the Strait of Gibraltar. Ships can be seen moving through the strait and clustered around the port city of La Línea de la Concepción, on the eastern isthmus of the Bay of Gibraltar, and the nearby British overseas territory of Gibraltar (right edge).

Internal Waves in Strait of Gibraltar and Mediterranean Sea

36.1N 5.3W

August 20th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Strait of Gibraltar - August 12th, 2009

Strait of Gibraltar - August 12th, 2009

The waters of the Strait of Gibraltar (left) and the Mediterranean Sea (right) show a rippled pattern of internal waves. These are gravity waves that oscillate within, rather than on the surface of, a fluid medium. They arise from perturbations to hydrostatic equilibrium, where balance is maintained between the force of gravity and the buoyant restoring force.

A few ships can be seen passing through the strait separating Spain (above) and Morocco (below). However, the greatest number of vessels is concentrated around the self-governing British overseas territory of Gibraltar, located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula at the entrance of the Mediterranean.

This image has been orthorectified so that the land around the strait can be observed free of geometric distortion.

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