The Bay of Gibraltar

The Bay of Gibraltar, or Bay of Algeciras, is located in Spain at the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula and opens to the south into the Strait of Gibraltar and the Mediterranean Sea. The narrow peninsula on the east side of the bay is Gibraltar, which is a territory of Great Britain.

The shoreline is densely populated and includes two major ports, one Spanish and one British. In these images, ships can be seen in and around this busy bay.

These Landsat images acquired in 1987 (left) and 2013 (right) show the increased urban and industrial density along the shoreline. With its 41-year archive and global scope, Landsat data are often used to map changes in land use and land cover.

Bay of Gibraltar
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Thursday, August 15, 2013