Strait of Gibraltar
Orbit 35519 Frame 2885 4 February 2002 11:3:41 GM
Internal waves in the Strait imaged on 4th February 2002 by the ERS SAR.
Through the Strait, a continuous current enters the Mediterranean Sea from the Atlantic Ocean, and tidal currents ebb and flow along the European and African shores. A westerly flowing undercurrent carries off the surplus waters of the Mediterranean.
Upper right corner:
To the left, Algeciras, a port and industrial centre in
the Bay of Gibraltar.
To the right: on top, La Linea de la Concepción, in the neutral zone that separates Spain
from the British dependency of Gibraltar; below it, the free port of Gibraltar.
Throughout, in the ocean: intense ship traffic and plenty of oil slicks.
Bottom part of the image: Northwestern Morocco with the town of Tangier facing the Strait.
Broad coastal plains can be detected along the Atlantic Ocean. To the right: the Rif mountains.
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Keywords: ESA European
Space Agency - Agence spatiale europeenne,
observation de la terre, earth observation,
satellite remote sensing,
teledetection, geophysique, altimetrie, radar,
chimique atmospherique, geophysics, altimetry, radar,