Image of Europe - Spain, Portugal and France
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Ebro River Delta, Spain (NASA - June 1996). The deposition of sediment from the
Ebro River has created a unique-looking, triangular-shaped delta along the east
coast of Spain. The delta is a recently created landform, dating back only a few
centuries. The growth of the delta during the 1900’s, however, has been
dramatically reduced by the construction of dams upstream on the Ebro River and
several tributaries. The dams have reduced the flow of water through the delta
and the water that does pass through the delta contains less silt. There is
evidence (lighter colored water in the coastal waters at the mouth of the river)
in the image that sediment continues to pass through the extensive plains of the
delta. Numerous canals and ponds interconnect various parts of the delta. A
variety of fruits and vegetables are grown in the region with rice farming
occupying a large area of the agricultural land. The mountain range (darker
areas inland, somewhat obscured by clouds) that parallels the coast is part of
the young Catalonian coastal mountains.