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Barcelona Spain
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Barcelona, Spain

July 5, 2004
The roofs of Barcelona's buildings appear as a widespread pink swath on the Mediterranean coastal plain, between forested hills (dark green, top) and the sea. The Llobregat River enters the view top center, cuts through a canyon in the hills and historically constructed a broad, convex delta south of the forested hills. Channelization of the Llobregat River to control flooding has encouraged development of the delta for a variety of urban and agricultural land uses. Barcelona's airport is located in the central portion of the delta, while the western portion is used for intensive agriculture (light green areas). Angular patterns on the coast represent the docks of Spain's largest port, on the east side of the delta. Central Barcelona lies between the docks and dark, forested Montjueic mountain (upper right).


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