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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.

Deltebre Municipality in the Ebro Delta, Spain

40.7N 0.7E

February 14th, 2011 Category: Rivers

Spain - February 1st, 2011

This orthorectified image shows the Ebro Delta in the Spanish Province of Tarragona, Catalonia. The Ebro River appears as a dark line cutting across the delta towards the Mediterranean Sea.

The bright white area in the delta is the municipality of Deltebre in the comarca of the Baix Ebre. The municipality occupies much of the northern half of the Ebro delta, on the left bank of the river.

Ebro Delta and Sediments from Ebro River, Spain

40.6N 0.7E

January 5th, 2011 Category: Rivers, Sediments

Spain - December 25th, 2010

Sediments spill forth from the Ebro Delta and into the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Spain. The Ebro River appears as a dark line cutting through the center of the delta.

The Ebro Delta is located in the Province of Tarragona, Catalonia. It is one of the largest wetland areas (320 km²) in the western Mediterranean region, and has expanded rapidly on soils washed downriver.

Cap de Creus Peninsula in Northeastern Spain

42.2N 3.2E

January 28th, 2010 Category: Mountains, Snapshots

Spain - January 3rd, 2010

Spain - January 3rd, 2010

The peninsula reaching out from mainland Spain into the Mediterranean Sea in this orthorectified image is the Cap de Creus (meaning Cape of Crosses in Catalan). It is located at the far northeast of Catalonia, some 25 km south from the French border.

It is a peninsula of 190 square kilometres of an extraordinary landscape value; a very rocky dry region, with almost no trees, in contrast with a seaside rich in minuscule creeks of deep blue sea to anchor. Mountains are the last eminences of the Pyrenees which make the natural border between France and Spain.

Ebro Delta and Barcelona, Spain

40.5N 0.6E

August 22nd, 2009 Category: Rivers

Spain - July 28th, 2009

Spain - July 28th, 2009

The provinces of Tarragona and Barcelona, in eastern Spain, in the southern part of the autonomous community of Catalonia, enjoy a long stretch of coastline bordering the Mediterranean Sea. The city of Barcelona can be seen on the shoreline in the upper right quadrant.

The coast is mostly free of sediments, probably due to a lack of rain during the dry, hot summer months typical of this region. However, some sediments can be seen flowing in a northeast direction from the mouth of the Ebro River in the Ebro Delta.

The delta is one of the largest wetland areas in the western Mediterranean region, at 320 km² and growing. Currently, the delta is used intensively for agriculture, including rice, fruit, and vegetables. It also contains many beaches, marshes, and salt pans.