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Pyrenees North of Ebro River Delta, Spain

41.7N 1.9E

January 3rd, 2012 Category: Mountains, Rivers

France - December 26th, 2011

The snow-capped Pyrenees stretch from the center left to the center of this image of France (above) and Spain (below), forming a natural border between the two countries. It separates the Iberian Peninsula from the rest of continental Europe, and extends for about 491 km (305 mi) from the Bay of Biscay (Cap Higuer) to the Mediterranean Sea (Cap de Creus).

Visible further down the coast is the delta of the Ebro River, one of the most important rivers in the Iberian Peninsula. It is the biggest river by discharge volume in Spain. The Ebro Delta, in the Province of Tarragona, Catalonia, is one of the largest wetland areas (320 km²) in the western Mediterranean region. The Ebro delta has expanded rapidly on soils washed downriver. The rounded form of the delta attests to the balance between sediment deposition by the Ebro and removal of this material by wave erosion.

Ebro Delta and Sediments from Ebro River, Spain

40.6N 0.7E

January 5th, 2011 Category: Rivers, Sediments

Spain - December 25th, 2010

Sediments spill forth from the Ebro Delta and into the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Spain. The Ebro River appears as a dark line cutting through the center of the delta.

The Ebro Delta is located in the Province of Tarragona, Catalonia. It is one of the largest wetland areas (320 km²) in the western Mediterranean region, and has expanded rapidly on soils washed downriver.

Ebro Delta and Barcelona, Spain

40.5N 0.6E

August 22nd, 2009 Category: Rivers

Spain - July 28th, 2009

Spain - July 28th, 2009

The provinces of Tarragona and Barcelona, in eastern Spain, in the southern part of the autonomous community of Catalonia, enjoy a long stretch of coastline bordering the Mediterranean Sea. The city of Barcelona can be seen on the shoreline in the upper right quadrant.

The coast is mostly free of sediments, probably due to a lack of rain during the dry, hot summer months typical of this region. However, some sediments can be seen flowing in a northeast direction from the mouth of the Ebro River in the Ebro Delta.

The delta is one of the largest wetland areas in the western Mediterranean region, at 320 km² and growing. Currently, the delta is used intensively for agriculture, including rice, fruit, and vegetables. It also contains many beaches, marshes, and salt pans.

Mouth of the Ebro River, Spain

January 22nd, 2009 Category: Rivers

The Ebro River, Spain - January 20th, 2009

The Ebro River, Spain - January 20th, 2009

The Ebro is Spain’s most voluminous river. It is visible as a very curvy line towards the center of the image. The western part appears light green, whereas appears almost black.

The  source of the Ebro is in Fontibre (Cantabria). It flows through cities such as Miranda de Ebro, Logroño, Zaragoza, Flix, Tortosa, and Amposta before discharging in a delta on the Mediterranean Sea in the province of Tarragona, visible on the right.

The Ebro delta is one of the largest wetland areas (320 km²) in the western Mediterranean region. It has grown rapidly—the historical rate of growth of the delta is demonstrated by the town of Amposta.

This town was a seaport in the 4th Century, and is now located well inland from the current Ebro river mouth. It can be observed here as a tan spot between the mainland and the delta.

The rounded form of the delta attests to the balance between sediment deposition by the Ebro and removal of this material by wave erosion.  Some such sediments, as well as an algal bloom, can be seen near the shores of the delta.

The modern delta is in intensive agricultural use for rice, fruit, and vegetables, as evidenced by its rich green color in comparison with the brown terrain of the mainland.

The Ebro delta also hosts numerous beaches, marshes, and salt pans that provide habitat for over 300 species of birds. A large part of the delta was designated as Ebro Delta Natural Park in 1983.

A network of canals and irrigation ditches constructed by both agricultural and conservation groups are helping to maintain the ecologic and economic resources of the Ebro Delta.

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