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Canary Islands Off Coast of Western Sahara

28.2N 16.6W

December 27th, 2011 Category: Volcanoes

Canary Islands and Western Sahara - December 24th, 2011

The Canary Islands are a Spanish archipelago located just off the northwest coast of mainland Africa, 100 km west of the border between Morocco and the Western Sahara. The Canaries are a Spanish autonomous community and an outermost region of the European Union.

The archipelago consists of seven large and several smaller islands, all of which are volcanic in origin. Visible here from left to right are La Gomera, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. The Teide volcano on Tenerife is the highest mountain in Spain, and the third tallest volcano on Earth on a volcanic ocean island. The islands have a subtropical climate, with long warm summers and moderately warm winters.

The Seven Largest Canary Islands – January 25th, 2011

28.3N 16.5W

January 25th, 2011 Category: Image of the day

Canary Islands - January 16th, 2011

The Canary Islands, belonging to Spain, are situated off the coast of Morocco and Western Sahara. The archipelago consists of seven large and several smaller islands, all of which are volcanic in origin.

The seven principal islands are all visible here, from left to right: El Hierro, La Palma, La Gomera, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. Several of their high volcanic peaks can be observed in the full image.

Border Area of Morocco, Western Sahara and Mauritania

27.6N 10.8W

November 3rd, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Morocco - October 4th, 2009

Morocco - October 4th, 2009

Fuerteventura (below) and Lanzarote (above), two of the Canary Islands, are visible off the coast of Africa near the border between Morocco (north) and Western Sahara (south).

The terrain of Western Sahara consists mainly of desert flatlands, although large areas of rocky or sandy surfaces rise to small mountains in the south and northeast. Here, one such ridge of mountains is visible just above the country’s border with Mauritania, whose terrain occupies the lower right quadrant.

This land in Mauritania is part of the Saharan Zone and has little vegetation. Some mountainous areas with a water source support small-leafed and spiny plants and scrub grasses suitable for camels. Cultivation is limited to oases, where date palms are used to shade other crops from the sun.

Dust Sweeping Over Canary Islands

28.2N 16.6W

October 1st, 2009 Category: Dust Storms, Volcanoes

Canary Islands - September 24th, 2009

Canary Islands - September 24th, 2009

Close-up

Close-up

Dust sweeps southwestward, blowing off the coast of Morocco and Western Sahara (right) and over the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean.

The archipelago is located just off the northwest coast of mainland Africa, 100 km west of the disputed border between Morocco and the Western Sahara.

All of the Canary Islands are visible in the main image: (from highest to lowest) Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro, Alegranza, La Graciosa and Montaña Clara.

The close-up focuses on, from left to right, La Gomera, Tenerife and Gran Canaria. Clouds flank the northern sides of their respective volcanic peaks.

Tenerife and Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

28.2N 16.6W

June 10th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Canary Islands - June 2nd, 2009

Canary Islands - June 2nd, 2009

La Gomera, Tenerife and Gran Canaria

La Gomera, Tenerife and Gran Canaria

Fuerteventura and Lanzarote

Fuerteventura and Lanzarote

The seven Canary Islands are located in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa, although they are part of Spain. Below them, several cloud vortices are visible.

The largest two islands are Tenerife and Fuerteventura (see close-ups).

Tenerife, the largest island, has an area of 2034.38 km². With 886,033 inhabitants, it is also the most populated island of the Canary Islands and Spain.

At 1,660 km², Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canary Islands. The elongated island is 100 km long and 31 km wide, and has the longest beaches in the archipelago. There are no fewer than 152 beaches along its coastline – 50 kilometres of fine, white sand and 25 kilometres of black volcanic shingle.