Earth Snapshot RSS Feed Twitter

Sediments in Tagus Estuary, Portugal

38.7N 9.1W

February 29th, 2012 Category: Sediments

Portugal - December 29th, 2011

The Tagus River is the longest river on the Iberian Peninsula. It is 1,038 km (645 mi) long, 716 km (445 mi) in Spain, 47 km (29 mi) along the border between Portugal and Spain and 275 km (171 mi) in Portugal, where it empties into the Atlantic Ocean at Lisbon. There, it widens to a large estuary, on which the port city of Lisbon is situated (the city can be observed upon opening the full image). The estuary appears filled with brown sediment near the image center.

The Tagus drains an area of 80,100 square kilometers (30,927 sq mi) (the second largest drainage area on the Iberian peninsula after that of the Douro River). The Tagus is highly utilized for most of its course. Several dams and diversions supply drinking water to most of central Spain, including Madrid, and Portugal, while dozens of hydroelectric stations create power. Between dams it follows a very constricted course, but after Almourol it enters a vast alluvial valley prone to flooding.

Leave a Reply