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Iberian Peninsula, From the Pyrenees to the Strait of Gibraltar – September 27th, 2011

September 27th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Mountains

Spain - September 25th, 2011

This image shows the entire Iberian Peninsula, located in the extreme southwest of Europe. It includes the modern-day sovereign states of Spain, which occupies most of the peninsula, Portugal, which occupies most of the west of the peninsula, and Andorra, as well as the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar (the Strait of Gibraltar can be seen near the bottom edge).

The peninsula is bordered on the southeast and east by the Mediterranean Sea, and on the north, west and southwest by the Atlantic Ocean. The Pyrenees (visible in the upper right quadrant) form the northeast edge of the peninsula, separating it from the rest of Europe. In the south, it approaches the northern coast of Africa. It is the second-largest peninsula in Europe, with an area of approximately 580,000 km2 (220,000 sq mi).

Iberian Peninsula from Tagus Estuary to Gibraltar to Pyrenees – July 4th, 2011

39.5N 5.5W

July 4th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Spain - June 21st, 2011

This image stretches across the Iberian Peninsula, located in the extreme southwest of Europe, which includes the modern-day sovereign states of Spain (occupying the majority of the image), Portugal (by the west coast) and Andorra, as well as the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar.

The Pyrenees form the northeast edge of the peninsula, separating it from the rest of Europe. Part of France can be seen north of these mountains in the upper right corner.

In the south, the peninsula approaches the northern coast of Africa. Part of the Strait of Gibraltar can be seen here, between the two continents, although Gibraltar itself is obscured by clouds.

Of interest on the west coast is the city of Lisbon, in Portugal, on the estuary of the Tagus River (both best observed in the full image).

 

Strait of Gibraltar and Nearby Cities, Spain and Morocco – May 31st, 2011

36.1N 5.3W

May 31st, 2011 Category: Image of the day

Spain - May 23rd, 2011

The Strait of Gibraltar, separating Spain (above) and Morocco (below) and the Atlantic Ocean (left) from the Mediterranean Sea (right), can be seen just left of the center of this image.

The city of Tangier can be observed in Morocco on the southwestern side of the strait. Also, some clouds cling to the Moroccon coastline on the southeastern side of the strait.

Across the strait, just north of these clouds, is a semi-circular populated grey area along the coast (best observed in the full image).

On the left side of the semi-circle is the Spanish city of Algeciras, on the right side is the British overseas territory of Gibraltar, and between the two is the city of La Línea de la Concepción. Also visible along the Spanish coast to the east are the cities of Malaga and El Ejido.

Gibraltar Peninsula and Strait of Gibraltar

36.1N 5.3W

July 7th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Spain - June 30th, 2010

Spain - June 30th, 2010

The Strait of Gibraltar, left, is the narrow strait that separates the countries of Spain (above) and Morocco (below), and the continents of Europe and Africa. It also connects to Atlantic Ocean (left) to the Mediterranean Sea (right).

On the northern shores of the strait is the British overseas territory of Gibraltar. The territory itself is a peninsula of 6.843 square kilometres (2.642 sq mi) whose isthmus connects to the north with Spain. Upon opening the full image, the peninsula, grey in color with a pointy tip, is easily identifiable at the entrance to the Mediterranean.

Wide-swath Image of the Strait of Gibraltar – October 13th, 2009

35.9N 5.5W

October 13th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Strait of Gibraltar - August 27th, 2009

Strait of Gibraltar - August 27th, 2009

Close-up of strait

Close-up of strait

Moroccan coast

Moroccan coast

The main image here is an orthorectified wide-swath ASAR (radar) image of southern Spain and northern Morocco. It is possible to see a larger area as the width of the swath is five times that of a normal IMM image.

The first close-up focuses on the northeastern coast of Morocco near the port city of Al Hoceima, by the center of the Rif Mountains.

The second close-up focuses on the Strait of Gibraltar. Ships can be seen moving through the strait and clustered around the port city of La Línea de la Concepción, on the eastern isthmus of the Bay of Gibraltar, and the nearby British overseas territory of Gibraltar (right edge).

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