Morocco and Southern Iberia • Earth.com

Last update: June 19th, 2019 at 9:00 am

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).

Credit: Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team,NASA/GSFC

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