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Condensation Trails over Northwestern Spain

42.8N 8.5W

October 27th, 2010 Category: Clouds

Spain - October 21st, 2010

The white lines radiating out over northwestern Spain are condensation trails (or contrails) – rows of clouds that form when water molecules clings to airplane exhaust.

The airplanes appear to have been travelling to and from cities in Galicia such as A Coruña, visible as a grey area by the coast on the left side of the image, and Santiago de Compostela, further inland.

A Coruña and Rías Along Coast of Galicia, Spain

43.3N 8.3W

July 14th, 2010 Category: Mountains

Spain - July 5th, 2010

Spain - July 5th, 2010

This orthorectified image shows the northwestern coast of Spain in the autonomous community of Galicia. The port city of A Coruña (Spanish: La Coruña, English: Corunna), the second largest city in Galicia and the capital of A Coruña Province, can be seen on the coast at the upper right.

Galicia is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, the Bay of Biscay to the north, and Portugal to the south. The interior of Galicia is composed of relatively low mountains without sharp peaks. Topographically, a remarkable feature of Galicia is the presence of many fjord-like or firth-like inlets along the coast, called rías – estuaries that were drowned with rising sea levels after the ice age.

Wide-Swath Image of Northern Portugal and Northwestern Spain – October 20th, 2009

42.5N 5.5W

October 20th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Portugal and Spain - August 27th, 2009

Portugal and Spain - August 27th, 2009

A Coruña

A Coruña

León

León

The main image here is an orthorectified wide-swath ASAR (radar) image of northern Portugal and northwestern Spain. The swath is five times wider than a normal IMM image, making it possible to observe larger areas.

The close-ups, on the other hand, examine smaller sections of the original image. One focuses on the city of A Coruña, the second largest city in Galicia in northwestern Spain. A Coruña is a busy port located on a promontory in the entrance of an estuary in a large gulf on the Atlantic Ocean.

The other close-up shows the city of León, the capital of León province in the autonomous community of Castile and León, in northwest Spain. The city is located below the Cantabrian Mountains.

A Coruña and Santiago de Compostela, Spain

43.3N 8.3W

October 12th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Spain - September 24th, 2009

Spain - September 24th, 2009

The city of A Coruña, the second largest city in Galicia in northwestern Spain and the capital of A Coruña Province, is visible as a grey area along the coast at the top center. It provides a distribution point for agricultural goods from the region.

A Coruña is a busy port located on a promontory in the entrance of an estuary in a large gulf on the Atlantic Ocean. The isthmus of this promontory was at times formed only by a small strip of sand. Erosion and sea currents caused a progressive accumulation of sand, enlarging it to its present dimensions.

To the south of A Coruña, another grey area is visible amidst the surrounding green landscape. This is the city of Santiago de Compostela, the capital of the autonomous community of Galicia and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.