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Sierra Nevada Range and Negratín Reservoir, Spain

March 17th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Spain - February 24th, 2009

Spain - February 24th, 2009

Despite its closeness to the Mediterranean Sea, known for its warm temperatures, the Sierra Nevada Range in southern Spain stands out due to its snow-capped peaks.

This range includes the highest point in continental Spain, a peak called Mulhacén, with a height of 3,479 metres (11,414 ft).

The city of Granada, Spain’s Andalusia region, is just northwest of the range. To its southwest is the commune of El Ejido, which appears as a flat, grey area on the coast.

North of the range, the Negratín Reservoir/Lake appears dark blue amidst the dry, golden yellow terrain. The lake was formed by the Negratín Dam on the Guadiana Menor River, and has a  capacity of some 546Hm3.

The landscape surrounding this huge oasis is a semi-desert setting with many gullies.

Sierra Nevada, Spain – December 30th, 2008

December 30th, 2008 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Sierra Nevada and Granada, Spain - November 18th, 2008

Sierra Nevada and Granada, Spain - November 18th, 2008

Clearly visible from its white caps in the lower portion of the image is the Sierra Nevada, near the city of Granada, in the region of Andalusia, Spain.

Meaning “snowy range” in Spanish, it contains the highest point of continental Spain, Mulhacén, at 3,479 metres (11,414 ft).

It is the southernmost skiing area in Europe, very close to the Mediterranean Sea, an area usually known for its warm temperatures and abundant sunshine.

Central to the mountain range is a ridge running broadly west-south-west to east-north-east. For a substantial distance, the watershed stays consistently above 3000m in altitude.

On the southern side of the range, several long but narrow river valleys lead off towards the south-west, separated by a number of subsidiary ridges.

On the steeper and craggier northern side, the valleys have less regular orientations.

source Wikipedia