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Coastal Algeria, Eastern Spain and Balearic Islands

36.6N 1.1E

December 28th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Lakes, Mountains, Salt Flats

Algeria and Spain - December 22nd, 2011

A strip of land along the coast of Algeria appear green and fertile, in contrast with the Sahara Desert to the south. Visible parallel to the coast are the Saharan Atlas Mountains. Near the center of the shoreline, just below the change in terrain, is the Chott Ech Chergui, a large endorheic salt lake (appearing tan in color, here).

To the north, the eastern part of the Iberian Peninsula can be observed in the upper left quadrant, with the Spanish Balearic Islands, including Majorca (the largest), Minorca (to its east) and Ibiza and Formentera (to its west), visible in the Mediterranean Sea at the upper center and right.

Vortex Near Balearic Islands, Spain

37.9N 0.2E

September 18th, 2011 Category: Clouds

Spain - August 13th, 2011

Visible off the eastern coast of Spain and northern coast of Algeria, over the Mediterranean Sea, is a cloud vortex.

Spain’s Balearic Islands can be observed to the northeast of the vortex, near the upper right edge (from northeast to southwest) Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera.

Balearic Islands Southeast of Ebro Delta, Spain

38.9N 1.4E

June 3rd, 2011 Category: Rivers

Spain - May 23rd, 2011

Spain’s Balearic Islands can be observed here in the Mediterranea Sea: (from northeast to southwest) Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera.

To the west, on the Spanish mainland, Cap de la Nau (“Cape of the Ship”) can be seen west of Ibiza, and the Ebro Delta can be seen north-northwest of Ibiza. The Ebro River can also be seen flowing across a valley, towards the delta.

City of Palma on Island of Majorca, Spain

39.5N 2.6E

February 22nd, 2011 Category: Snapshots

Spain - February 11th, 2011

This image focuses on Majorca, one of Spain’s Balearic Islands, in the Mediterranean Sea. The city of Palma, the capital of the Balearic Islands archipelago and autonomous community, can be observed along the shores of the large bay on the southern side of the island.

In the full image, the smaller islands of Minorca and Ibiza and can be observed to the east and west of Majorca, respectively. Just south of Ibiza is the island of Formentera. This four islands are the main four of the archipelago. Other smaller islands can also be seen nearby, such as the minor island of Cabrera, just south of Majorca.

The Islands of Majorca and Minorca, Spain

39.6N 3.0E

September 2nd, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Spain - July 28th, 2009

Spain - July 28th, 2009

The two largest islands in the Balearic Islands Archipelago, Majorca (left) and Minorca (right), belonging to Spain, can be seen amidst the dark blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

Majorca has two mountainous regions each about 70 km in length. These occupy the north-western (Serra de Tramuntana or Tramuntana range) and eastern thirds of the island. The highest peak on Majorca is Puig Major (1,445 m) in the Serra de Tramuntana.

The northeast coast comprises two sweeping bays: the Badia de Pollença and the larger Badia d’Alcúdia. The northern coast is generally rugged and has many cliffs. The central zone extending from Palma is generally flat fertile plain known as Es Pla.

The climate is Mediterranean, with markedly higher precipitation in the Serra de Tramuntana. Summers are hot in the plains and winters mild to cool, getting colder in the Tramuntana range; in this part of the island brief episodes of snow during the winter are not unusual.

Minorca, whose named comes from its being smaller than nearby island of Majorca, is less mountainous. Its highest point, called El Toro or Monte Toro, is 358 m (1174 ft) above sea level.