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Sediments from Guadalquivir River and Climate Change Issues, Spain – April 6th, 2013

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April 6th, 2013 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

Spain – April 6th, 2013

The Guadalquivir River is the fifth longest river in the Iberian peninsula and the second longest river with its entire length in Spain. It is 657 kilometers long and drains an area of about 58,000 square kilometers. Here, the river can be seen spilling sediments into the Gulf of Cádiz, northwest of the Strait of Gibraltar. According to scientists, the river shows declines in water quantity and quality due to anthropogenic encroachments and climate change, which is leading to conflicts among stakeholders. The main climate change-related issues are changes in rain patterns, which may cause increased droughts and more torrential rain (click here for more information).

Dust Blowing Over Canary Islands and Madeira Archipelago

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June 28th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Spain and Morocco – June 26th, 2012

Dust from the Sahara Desert blows off the coast of Mauritania, Western Sahara and Morocco, over the Canary Islands and the Madeira Archipelago (north of the former), and far north over the Atlantic Ocean. Here, the dust appears thickest in the lower left quadrant and just north of the Madeira Archipelago. Although the dust does not reach the Iberian Peninsula, it is not far from the coast, and some can be seen blowing towards the Strait of Gibraltar.

Strait of Gibraltar Separating Spain and Morocco

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May 13th, 2012 Category: Sediments

Spain and Morocco - May 11th, 2012

The Strait of Gibraltar is a narrow strait that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea and separates Spain in Europe from Morocco in Africa. Europe and Africa are separated by 7.7 nautical miles (14.3 km; 8.9 mi) of ocean at the strait’s narrowest point.

The Strait’s depth ranges between 300 and 900 metres (160 and 490 fathoms; 980 and 3,000 ft). Here, the strait appears mostly sediment free, as do the waters of the Mediterranean Sea to the east. Some sediments are visible where the Guadalquivir River enters the Gulf of Cádiz by the city of Sanlúcar de Barrameda.

Dust Blowing Off Coast of Morocco – March 26th, 2012

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March 26th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Dust and Smoke Over West Africa - March 22nd, 2012

Dust continues to blow off the coast of West Africa (click here for previous images), although the storm appears to be calming in intensity. Here, a thin veil of dust can be seen blowing off the coast of Western Sahara and Morocco, and over the Canary Islands. Visible in the upper part of the image, unaffected by the dust storm, are part of the Iberian Peninsula and the Strait of Gibraltar, separating the continents of Europe and Africa.

Sediments from Tagus and Guadalquivir Rivers, Portugal and Spain

36.7N 6.3W

March 14th, 2012 Category: Rivers

Spain - January 6th, 2012

This image shows thick patches of clouds hanging over parts of the Iberian Peninsula during the northern hemisphere winter. Visible along the coastline are sediments from rivers such as the Tagus, whose large estuary by Lisbon, Portugal, is best observed near the center left in the full image, and the Guadalquivir, which enters the Gulf of Cádiz by the city of Sanlúcar de Barrameda and the Doñana National Park, in the lower right quadrant. Also visible at the lower right is the Strait of Gibraltar, partially covered by clouds. The strait separates Spain from Morocco, which can be observed upon opening the full image.