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Firths Along the Coastline of Galicia, Spain

42.8N 8.8W

May 4th, 2011 Category: Snapshots

Spain and Portugal - April 15th, 2011

This image shows northwestern Spain and northern Portugal (lower left quadrant). The northwestern coast of Spain, in Galicia, is particularly rugged, while the coastline of Portugal is considerably smoother.

Topographically, a remarkable feature of Galicia is the presence of many firth-like inlets along the coast, estuaries that were drowned with rising sea levels after the ice age. These are called rías and are divided into the smaller Rías Altas (“High Rías”), and the larger Rías Baixas (“Low Rías”).

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