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Pyrenees and Gironde Estuary, France

43.8N 0.6W

October 24th, 2011 Category: Mountains, Rivers, Sediments

France - October 23rd, 2011

The Pyrenees, a range of mountains in southwest Europe that forms a natural border between France and Spain, can be visible parallel to the lower edge of this image. It extends for about 491 km (305 mi) from the Bay of Biscay (Cap Higuer) to the Mediterranean Sea (Cap de Creus).

Visible along the coast of France at the center left is the Gironde estuary, formed by the meeting of the Dordogne and Garonne Riers just below the centre of Bordeaux. Tan sediments can be seen in the estuary, which is subject to very strong tidal currents, and spilling out into the Bay of Biscay.

Sediments in Gironde Estuary on West Coast of France – October 17th, 2011

44.8N 0.5W

October 17th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

France - October 14th, 2011

Sediments give the Gironde, on the western coast of France, an opaque tan color. Then they give a greenish tinge to the coastline as the diffuse into the waters of the Bay of Biscay. The Gironde is subject to very strong tidal currents and great care is needed when navigating by any size or type of boat.

The Gironde is a navigable estuary (often falsely referred to as a river), in southwest France and is formed from the meeting of the rivers Dordogne and Garonne just below the centre of Bordeaux. Covering around 635 km2 (245 sq mi), approximately 65 km (40 mi) long and 3–11 km (2–7 miles) wide, it is the largest estuary in western Europe.

Mountain Ranges Crossing the Meseta Central, Spain

41.4N 3.1W

June 1st, 2011 Category: Mountains

Spain - May 23rd, 2011

Northern Spain, along the coast of the Bay of Biscay, shows green vegetation, as do the mountainous areas of the country such as the slopes of the Sistema Central.

The terrain of the Meseta Central, however, which is crossed by several of these mountain ranges, appears appear tan and considerably drier.


Pyrenees East of Bay of Biscay, France and Spain

43.0N 1W

February 3rd, 2011 Category: Mountains

France and Spain - January 16th, 2011

The main crest of the Pyrenees forms a massive divider between France (above) and Spain (below), with the tiny country of Andorra sandwiched in between. Here, the mountain peaks are covered in snow.

Although the Gulf of Lion is obscured by clouds (lower right), part of the Bay of Biscay can be observed to the upper left. Sandy beaches can be seen on the part belonging to France, while much of the Spanish coast appears rockier.

Pyrenees Mountains and Garonne River, France and Spain – December 15th, 2010

42.7N 1.1E

December 15th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Mountains, Rivers

France and Spain - December 10th, 2010

The Pyrenees Mountains, on the border between Spain (below) and France (above) are capped by snow in this late fall image of Europe. In the full image, the range can be seen stretching from the Bay of Biscay (left) to the Mediterranean Sea (right), for a total of 435 km (270 mi).

To the north of the range, the Garonne River can be seen flowing towards the northwest. The city of Toulouse appears as a grey area along its path approximately half way between the east and west coasts of France.