The city of Barranquilla in northwest Colombia • Earth.com

The city of Barranquilla in northwest Colombia

06-12-2022

Today’s Video of the Day from the European Space Agency features the city of Barranquilla in northwest Colombia.

“The city of Barranquilla serves as a major trade centre for Colombia, housing the largest port along the Caribbean Sea,” reports ESA. “Thanks to this famous port, Barranquilla earned itself the nickname ‘Colombia’s Golden Gate’ (or La Puerta de Oro de Colombia in Spanish).”

The city is located next to the delta of the Magdalena River, which flows north for around 1,500 kilometers and then empties into the Caribbean Sea.

“Owing to large quantities of sediment, as seen by the extensive sediment plume at its mouth and the brownish colour of its waters, the Magdalena requires frequent dredging of its main channel to allow access to Barranquilla’s port for oceangoing vessels. This image, captured in March 2021, was taken just before the onset of the rainy season, which starts in April,” reports ESA.

Video/ Image Credit: ESA

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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