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Phytoplankton Bloom and Fires on Iberian Peninsula – March 29th, 2012

42.8N 7.1W

March 29th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day, Mountains, Phytoplankton

Fires on Iberian Peninsula - March 28th, 2012


Fires can be seen in two areas of the Iberian Peninsula: by the west coast near the Spain-Portugal border, and by the northern coast, by the Cantabrian Mountains. A plume of smoke from the former blows over the Atlantic Ocean, will smoke from the latter trails out over the Bay of Biscay. Also visible near the western coast is a phytoplankton bloom, visible more extensively in the full image.

Pyrenees North of Ebro River Delta, Spain

41.7N 1.9E

January 3rd, 2012 Category: Mountains, Rivers

France - December 26th, 2011

The snow-capped Pyrenees stretch from the center left to the center of this image of France (above) and Spain (below), forming a natural border between the two countries. It separates the Iberian Peninsula from the rest of continental Europe, and extends for about 491 km (305 mi) from the Bay of Biscay (Cap Higuer) to the Mediterranean Sea (Cap de Creus).

Visible further down the coast is the delta of the Ebro River, one of the most important rivers in the Iberian Peninsula. It is the biggest river by discharge volume in Spain. The Ebro Delta, in the Province of Tarragona, Catalonia, is one of the largest wetland areas (320 km²) in the western Mediterranean region. The Ebro delta has expanded rapidly on soils washed downriver. The rounded form of the delta attests to the balance between sediment deposition by the Ebro and removal of this material by wave erosion.

Bordeaux by Gironde Estuary, France

44.8N 0.5W

January 1st, 2012 Category: Rivers, Sediments

France - December 26th, 2011

Here, sediments from the Gironde Estuary create paisley patterns in the waters of the Bay of Biscay, off the west coast of France. The Gironde is a navigable estuary, formed from the meeting of the rivers Dordogne and Garonne just below the centre of Bordeaux (visible at the bottom edge).

The Gironde is approximately 65 km (40 mi) long and 3–11 km (2–7 miles) wide. Covering around 635 km2 (245 sq mi), it is the largest estuary in western Europe. The Gironde is subject to very strong tidal currents and great care is needed when navigating.

Bordeaux is located close to the European Atlantic coast, in the southwest of France and in the north of the Aquitaine region. The city is built on a bend of the river Garonne, and is divided into two parts: the right bank to the east and left bank in the west. The left bank of the Garonne is a low-lying, often marshy plain.

Mouth of Loire River by Saint Nazaire, France

47.2N 2.2W

December 23rd, 2011 Category: Rivers

France - December 22nd, 2011

This ASAR image of northwestern France shows the Loire River reaching the Bay of Biscay near the city of St. Nazaire, visible as a large, bright white area on the banks of the river in the lower right quadrant.

In the full image, the Saint-Nazaire bridge can be observed spanning the Loire river and linking Saint-Nazaire on the north bank and Saint-Brevin-Les-Pins on the south bank, in the department of Loire-Atlantique, France.

The Loire is the longest river in France, with a length of 1,012 kilometres (629 mi), and a drainage area of 117,054 km2 (45,195 sq mi), which represents more than a fifth of France’s land area.

Cantabrian Mountains Parallel to Bay of Biscay, Spain

42.9N 6.4W

December 4th, 2011 Category: Mountains

Portugal and Spain - November 26th, 2011

The full version of this image offers a detailed view of the contours of the Cantabrian Mountains, one of the main systems of mountain ranges of the Iberian Peninsula. They extend for more than 180 miles (300 km) across northern Spain, from the western limit of the Pyrenees to the edges of the Galician Massif close to Galicia, along the coast of the Cantabrian Sea.

The Cantabrian Mountains stretch east-west, nearly parallel to the sea, and make a sharp divide between “Green Spain” to the north, and the dry central plateau. The north facing slopes receive heavy cyclonic rainfall from the Bay of Biscay, whereas the southern slopes are in a rain shadow.