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Agriculture Around the Esla and Óbrigo Rivers, Spain – October 30th, 2009

42.0N 5.6W

October 30th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Spain - September 24th, 2009

Spain - September 24th, 2009

Rivers flowing down from the Cantabrian Mountains in Spain’s Province of León are flanked by bright green agricultural areas. The two principal rivers visible are the Óbrigo (left) and the Esla (right), which converge below Benavente.

The Esla River is a tributary of the Duero River which starts in the Cantabrian Mountains and is 286 km in length, crossing from north to south the provinces of León and Zamora. It is the largest tribuary of the Duero in terms of discharge; in fact, at its mouth, it has a greater discharge than the Duero itself does at that point.

The Órbigo River, also flowing through the provinces of León and Zamora, begins at the convergence of the Luna River and the Omaña River in the town of Santiago del Molinillo. Green fields extend far eastward from its banks, almost converging with those along the banks of the Esla.

Spain’s Meseta Central and Duero River

41.6N 4.7W

July 24th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Spain - May 30th, 2009

Spain - May 30th, 2009

The Douro or Duero is one of the major rivers of the Iberian Peninsula, with a total length of 897 km. It flows from its source near Duruelo de la Sierra in the province of Soria, across northern-central Spain (here) and Portugal to its outlet at Porto.

In its Spanish section, the Duero crosses the great Castilian Meseta Central and meanders through five significant provinces of the autonomous community of Castile and Leon: Soria, Burgos, Valladolid, Zamora, and Salamanca.

The Meseta Central (“Inner Plateau”), whose terrain appears mostly golden yellow here, is a vast plateau in the heart of peninsular Spain, with elevations that range from 610 to 760 m.

Rimmed by mountains, the Meseta Central slopes gently to the west and to the series of rivers that form some of the border with Portugal. The area visible here is part of the plateau’s northern subregion.