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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).

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.


Water Boundaries and Landscape of Spain

40.3N 3.6W

May 17th, 2011 Category: Mountains

Spain - April 15th, 2011

Most of Spain’s boundaries are water: the Mediterranean Sea on the south and east from Gibraltar to the French border and the Atlantic Ocean on the northwest and southwest (in the south as the Golfo de Cádiz and in the north as the Bay of Biscay).

Spain also shares land boundaries with France and Andorra along the Pyrenees in the northeast (top right), with Portugal on the west, and with the small British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar near the southernmost tip (by the Strait of Gibraltar, partially covered by clouds near the bottom).

The majority of Spain’s peninsular region consists of the Meseta Central, a highland plateau rimmed and dissected by mountain ranges. Here, the lower-laying areas of the meseta appear lighter in color than the mountain ranges crossing and bordering it.

Spain, from the Pyrenees to the Ebro Delta

41.1N 1.3E

May 14th, 2011 Category: Mountains, Rivers

Spain - May 4th, 2011

Even as the northern hemisphere summer approaches, the peaks of the Pyrenees remain capped in snow. The mountain range runs along the border between France and Spain.

Moving southward to flatter terrain, the Ebro Delta can be seen on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. One of the most important rivers in the Iberian Peninsula, it is the biggest river by discharge volume in Spain. Here, sediments can be seen seeping out of the delta region and into the sea.


Andorra, in the Pyrenees Between France and Spain

42.5N 1.5E

February 25th, 2011 Category: Mountains

Spain - February 1st, 2011

This orthorectified image shows the small, mountainous country of Andorra, in southwestern Europe. It is located in the eastern Pyrenees mountains and bordered by Spain and France (visible to the South and North, respectively, in the full image).

Andorra is the sixth smallest nation in Europe, having an area of 468 km2 (181 sq mi) and an estimated population of 83,888 in 2009. Its capital, Andorra la Vella, is the highest capital city in Europe, at an elevation of 1023 metres.