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Mountains of Spain’s Meseta Central

40.3N 3.7W

April 10th, 2012 Category: Mountains

Spain - April 9th, 2012

The Meseta Central (“Inner Plateau”) is a vast plateau in the heart of peninsular Spain that has 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 Sistema Central, described as the “dorsal spine” of the Meseta Central, divides the Meseta into northern and southern subregions, the former higher in elevation and smaller in area than the latter. The Sistema Central rims the capital city of Madrid with peaks that rise to 2,400 m north of the city and to lower elevations south of it. West of Madrid, the Sistema Central shows its highest peak, Pico Almanzor, of 2,592 m.

The southern portion of the Meseta (Spanish: Submeseta Sur) is further divided by twin mountain ranges, the Montes de Toledo running to the east with the Sierra de Guadalupe, to the west. Their peaks do not rise much higher than 1,500 m. With many easy passes, including those that connect the Meseta with the Andalusian Plain, the Montes de Toledo do not present an obstacle to transportation and communication. This chain of lower mountain ranges is separated from the Sistema Central to the north by the longest river in the Iberian Peninsula: the Tagus River.

Vegetation Index Higher Moving East to West in Spain, Portugal and Morocco

36.1N 5.4W

January 23rd, 2012 Category: Vegetation Index

Spain, Portugal and Morocco - January 4th, 2012

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of parts of Portugal (above left), Spain (above right) and Morocco (below), across the Strait of Gibraltar. The index ranges from good (green false-coloring) to low (yellow false-coloring).

Photosynthetic activity is higher to the west, in Portugal, and becomes progressively lower as one moves eastward towards Spain’s Meseta Central. It becomes higher once again in extreme southern Spain just north of the Strait of Gibraltar. The index in the small area of Morocco that is visible also appears higher to the west and lower to the east.

Mountains of Meseta Central on Iberian Peninsula

39.1N 4.2W

November 2nd, 2011 Category: Mountains

Spain and Portugal - October 30th, 2011

This image stretches across the Iberian Peninsula, from Portugal (left) to Spain (right). The peninsula is separated from Morocco by the Strait of Gibraltar, visible through a light layer of clouds near the bottom edge.

The interior of the peninsula is home to the Meseta Central, a vast plateau in the heart of Spain, that has 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.

Plateaus and Mountains of the Iberian Peninsula – August 10th, 2011

39.3N 4.6W

August 10th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Mountains

Spain and Portugal - July 24th, 2011

Much of the coastline of the Iberian Peninsula is visible in this image, with the Atlantic Ocean visible along the coast of Portugal (left) and the Mediterranean Sea along that of Spain (right). The peninsula is separated from Morocco (below) by the Strait of Gibraltar.

While many plateaus and valleys on the peninsula appear tan in color, they are dissected or framed by brown and green mountain ranges, particularly on Spain’s Meseta Central.

The Meseta Central is a vast plateau in the heart of peninsular Spain that has 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 Sistema Central, described as the “dorsal spine” of the Meseta Central, divides the Meseta into northern and southern subregions, the former higher in elevation and smaller in area than the latter.

Coastal Plains and Mountains in France and Spain

43.6N 0.2E

July 20th, 2011 Category: Mountains

France and Spain - July 14th, 2011

This image stretches across France (above), over the snow-capped peaks of the Pyrenees, to Spain (below). In Spain, numerous mountain ranges appear as brown areas crossing the Meseta Central.

Most of the land visible in France, by contrast, is significantly flatter, belonging to the northwestern coastal plains. The country’s more mountains areas, by the Alps, for example (upper right quadrant), are cloud-covered.

 

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