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Rif Mountains and Oued Laou River by Morocco’s Mediterranean Coast

35.4N 5W

March 5th, 2010 Category: Mountains, Rivers

Morocco - February 19th, 2010

Morocco - February 19th, 2010

The Rif is a mainly mountainous region of northern Morocco, stretching from Cape Spartel and Tangier in the west to Ras Kebdana and the Moulouya River in the east, and from the Mediterranean Sea in the north to the river of Ouargha in the south. The Rif Mountains can be seen near the Mediterranean Coast in this orthorectified image of northern Morocco.

Also visible in the upper left corner is the mouth of the river Oued Laou, near the town of the same name. The source of the river can be found up in the Rif Mountains near Chefchaouen.

Sediments in the Strait of Gibraltar and Mountains of Morocco – January 18th, 2010

35.9N 5.5W

January 18th, 2010 Category: Image of the day

Morocco - January 2nd, 2010

Morocco - January 2nd, 2010

Sediments frame the western coasts of Morocco (below) and Spain (above) and flow from the Atlantic Ocean (left) through the Strait of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean Sea (right). Although water moves in both directions between the two bodies of water, on the whole and over time, the balance of the water flow is eastwards, due to an evaporation rate within the Mediterranean basin that is higher than the combined inflow of all the rivers that empty into it.

To the south, the Atlas Mountains can be seen running diagonally across Morocco and into Algeria. The entire range extends about 2,500 km (1,500 miles), all the way east to Tunisia. The Sahara Desert can be observed below this range. Another shorter range, the Rif Mountains, are visible just below the strait. These mountains are not part of the Atlas chain.

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).

Fertile Plains, Mountains, Desert: the Landscape of Northern Morocco

April 28th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Morocco - April 9th, 2009

Morocco - April 9th, 2009

Much of the northern half of Morocco, not including the disputed Western Sahara to the South, can be seen here, from fertile coastal plains, to steep mountains, to arid desert.

To the north, Morocco is bordered by and controls part of the Strait of Gibraltar, giving it power over the waterways in and out of the Mediterranean sea. Southern Spain and Portugal can be seen to the North.

The Rif mountains occupy the region bordering the Mediterranean from the North-west to the North-east. The land around them is fertile and green.

The Atlas Mountains, on the other hand, run down the backbone of the country, from the south west to the north east. Some of their peaks are capped with snow in this image.

Most of the population lives to the North of these mountains, particularly in the coastal areas. Sediments can be seen framing the coast; discharge is particularly heavy near Morocco’s capital city, Rabat, and its largest city and main port, Casablanca.

Moving away from the coast, across the Atlas Mountains, most of the south east portion of the country is in the Sahara Desert. As such it is, in general, sparsely populated and unproductive economically.