Catalonia In Northeastern Spain •

Catalonia In Northeastern Spain This radar image captures part of Catalonia in northeastern Spain including the city of Barcelona (right), the site of one of Europe’s principal seaports.

Geographically, the coastal region has a double system of mountain chains interspersed with plains. While some areas are protected, much of this coastal region has been subject to land degradation, mainly by urban sprawl, quarries and rubbish dumps. Catalonia In Northeastern Spain

At the centre-left, we can see bright radar reflections from the city of Lleida. To its west sits the border between the autonomous communities of Catalonia and Aragon.

Blue–green colors show cultivated landscape of this area’s plateaus, where crops such as wheat, barley, fruits and vegetables are grown.

South of Lleida we can see part of the Ebro River – the Iberian peninsula’s second-longest river. The dark water snaking through the landscape is prominent due to the presence of dams downstream, backing up the water flow. The river continues south where it empties into the Mediterranean at the Ebro Delta (not pictured).Catalonia is an autonomous community in the northeastern corner of Spain, designated as a nationality by its Statute of Autonomy. Catalonia consists of four provinces: Barcelona, Girona, Lleida, and Tarragona. The capital and largest city, Barcelona is the second-most populated municipality in Spain and the fifth-most populous urban area in the European Union

Along the top of the image are the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains, known as the Pre-Pyrenees.

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