Seville, Spain seen from space • Earth.com

Seville, Spain seen from space

12-30-2016

Seville, Spain is the capital of Andalucia, a large autonomous region of hills, rivers and farmland bordering Spain’s southern coast. The cultural and financial center of southern Spain, Seville is a city of just over 700,000 inhabitants (1.6 million in the metropolitan area, making it Spain’s 4th largest city).

The western area of Seville, Spain is pictured in this image from the Sentinel-2A satellite.

Also the capital of the wider Andalusian autonomous community, Seville is located on the Guadalquivir river. While the original course of the river is visible snaking through the city on the right, we can see where water has also been redirected in a straighter course on the left.

The fertile valley of the Guadalquivir is evident by the plethora of agricultural structures, particularly noticeable in the upper right. The Sierra Morena mountain range runs north of the Guadalquivir basin, and we can see the foothills in the upper-left corner.

Another notable feature in the upper-central section of the image is the open pit copper mine, appearing white. This type of mining is often practised when deposits of minerals or rocks are found near the surface.

To the west of this mine, two other open-pit mines are filled with water.

South of these water-filled mines we see two circular structures reminiscent of clamshells. These are large solar power plants, where mirrored panels are positioned to face a solar power tower –sitting at the southernmost tip of the structures seen here – which receives the focused sunlight and acts as a furnace to produce energy.

Credit: Earth.com Staff/European Space Agency

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