This true-color image over Morocco was acquired on April 23, 2000, by
NASA's Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, or MODIS, flying
aboard the Terra spacecraft. The image was produced using a combination
of the sensor's 250-m and 500-m resolution bands. Notice the exquisite
detail in the colors and textures of the variety of land surface
features in northwestern Africa.
The heavily-vegetated (green pixels) peninsula in the top center of the
image is the southern shore of the Strait of Gibralter--the passage
between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Notice the patchy
formation of low-level cumulus clouds (white pixels) over this region,
suggesting a moister climate that contributes to better plant growth.
On the tip of this peninsula is the coastal city of Tangier.
Moving west along the coastline, the city of Casablanca lies about 200
miles (330 km) southwest of Tangier, and about 50 miles south of Rabat,
the capital city. Both Casablanca and Rabat are visible as small grey
clusters of pixels. About 200 miles due south of Casablanca, the Atlas
Mountains (brownish pixels) are running in a northeasterly direction
toward Algeria, Morocco's eastern neighbor.
Toward the bottom right side of the image is a portion of the
northwestern edge of the Sahara Desert. The most yellow pixels toward
the southeast corner of the image is the region in the Sahara known as
the Great Western Erg, in Algeria.
Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Group, NASA GSFC
he southern tip of Spain and the northern tip of Africa come close to touching at the Strait of Gibraltar. The small Spanish enclave Ceuta occupies a narrow isthmus of land on the African side of the Strait of Gibraltar; the rest of the surrounding territory is Morocco.