Source: U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.
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World in Pictures. African Continent.
Blyde River Canyon near Graskop in
Mpumalanga, South Africa
(Photo by Walter Knirr).
Image over Morocco (NASA, April, 2000). Notice the exquisite detail in the
colors and textures of the variety of land surface features in northwestern
Africa. The heavily-vegetated peninsula in the top center of the image is the
southern shore of the Strait of Gibraltar, the passage between the Atlantic
Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. On the tip of this peninsula is the coastal
city of Tangier.
Moving west along the coastline, the city of Casablanca lies about 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.