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Spain’s Meseta Central and Duero River

41.6N 4.7W

July 24th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Spain - May 30th, 2009

Spain - May 30th, 2009

The Douro or Duero is one of the major rivers of the Iberian Peninsula, with a total length of 897 km. It flows from its source near Duruelo de la Sierra in the province of Soria, across northern-central Spain (here) and Portugal to its outlet at Porto.

In its Spanish section, the Duero crosses the great Castilian Meseta Central and meanders through five significant provinces of the autonomous community of Castile and Leon: Soria, Burgos, Valladolid, Zamora, and Salamanca.

The Meseta Central (“Inner Plateau”), whose terrain appears mostly golden yellow here, is a vast plateau in the heart of peninsular Spain, with 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. The area visible here is part of the plateau’s northern subregion.

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