Morocco and Southern Iberia

Morocco and Southern Iberia
  • Credit:

    Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team,NASA/GSFC

The southernIberian Peninsula and the western tip of North Africa reach toward oneanother, separated by the Strait of Gibraltar in this true-color AquaModerate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image from January25, 2003. By this Strait, the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean Seaare connected and Europe and Africa are separated, a mere 13 kilometersacross (at its narrowest) and 58 kilometers long. This brief strip ofwater is strategically very important, given that it is the only maritimeopening into the Mediterranean Nations visible in the image are Portugal(upper left), Spain (upper right), Morocco (lower center), and Algeria(lower right).

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  • Data Date:

    January 25, 2003
  • Visualization Date:

    February 10, 2003
  • Sensor(s):

    Aqua - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration