Almeria, a city in southern Spain with about 200,000 inhabitants, was founded by the Moors in 955. From the second half of the 20th century onwards, Almeria and the surrounding region experienced an explosive economic growth as a result of increasing tourism and agriculture. Over the years, extensive greenhouse areas were built for year-round vegetable production. In the first half of 2015, the Almeria region exported 1.2 million metric tons of vegetables, of which 70% were tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers.
This false-colour 100 m image of 17 September 2015 shows Almeria city in the centre at the triangular-shaped coastal area. The greenhouse areas are visible by the white-grey colours. Northwest of Almeria, the course of the Rio Andarax can be followed by the dark-green colours.
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