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Pyrenees and Mediterranean Coastline of Spain and France – July 20th, 2010

42.7N 1.8E

July 20th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Mountains, Rivers

Spain and France - June 30th, 2010

Spain and France - June 30th, 2010

The Pyrenees are capped with snow even during the European summer in this image of France (above) and Spain (below). The mountains form a natural border between the two countries, extending for about 430 km (267 mi) from the Bay of Biscay (Cap Higuer) to the Mediterranean Sea (Cap de Creus).

Upon opening the full image, several interesting features can be observed along the Mediterranean coast. The French part of the coastline frames the Gulf of Lion. Several lagoons and lakes are situated near the shore, the largest of which is the Étang de Berre, to the west of Marseille.

Moving south to the Spanish part of the coastline, the Ebro Delta can be observed at the bottom edge, appearing as a bright green protrusion. The delta is formed at the mouth of the Ebro River in the province of Tarragona.

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.

The Basque Country, France and Spain

43.0N 1.1W

June 13th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Border of France and Spain - May 30th, 2009

Border of France and Spain - May 30th, 2009

The Basque Country as a cultural region is a European region in the western Pyrenees that spans the border between France and Spain, on the Atlantic coast. It comprises the autonomous communities of the Basque Country and Navarre in Spain and the Northern Basque Country in France, now part of the Aquitaine region.

The Basque Country lies between the rivers Aturri to the north and the Ebro to the south. It can also be divided into two great watersheds: the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. The mountain chains of the Pyrenees, Aralar, Aizkorri and Gorbeia form a dividing line between the two.

The climatic variation, in turn, gives rise to significant differences in scenery, including mountains, valleys, plains and a coastline along the Atlantic part. The area in this Atlantic area is mountainous, as the Pyrenees extend almost to the sea, or the Bay of Biscay.

Here, some of the Pyrenees peaks are still snow-capped. A few lakes are visible in this mountainous area; however, great lakes, such as those that fill the lateral valleys of the Alps, are absent.

The coastal area along the Bay of Biscay is lush and green, with some sediments spilling into the bay from the Adour River. South of the mountains and southeast of the coast, much of the Spanish terrain appears tan and dry, although agriculture is present along the rivers and streams.

Mouth of the Ebro River, Spain

January 22nd, 2009 Category: Rivers

The Ebro River, Spain - January 20th, 2009

The Ebro River, Spain - January 20th, 2009

The Ebro is Spain’s most voluminous river. It is visible as a very curvy line towards the center of the image. The western part appears light green, whereas appears almost black.

The  source of the Ebro is in Fontibre (Cantabria). It flows through cities such as Miranda de Ebro, Logroño, Zaragoza, Flix, Tortosa, and Amposta before discharging in a delta on the Mediterranean Sea in the province of Tarragona, visible on the right.

The Ebro delta is one of the largest wetland areas (320 km²) in the western Mediterranean region. It has grown rapidly—the historical rate of growth of the delta is demonstrated by the town of Amposta.

This town was a seaport in the 4th Century, and is now located well inland from the current Ebro river mouth. It can be observed here as a tan spot between the mainland and the delta.

The rounded form of the delta attests to the balance between sediment deposition by the Ebro and removal of this material by wave erosion.  Some such sediments, as well as an algal bloom, can be seen near the shores of the delta.

The modern delta is in intensive agricultural use for rice, fruit, and vegetables, as evidenced by its rich green color in comparison with the brown terrain of the mainland.

The Ebro delta also hosts numerous beaches, marshes, and salt pans that provide habitat for over 300 species of birds. A large part of the delta was designated as Ebro Delta Natural Park in 1983.

A network of canals and irrigation ditches constructed by both agricultural and conservation groups are helping to maintain the ecologic and economic resources of the Ebro Delta.

source Wikipedia