Ebro Delta, Spain
This Spot-5 image, acquired in 2008, shows the Ebro Delta in Spain.
The delta is one of the biggest wetland areas 320 square kilometres (79,000 acres) in the Mediterranean.
The Ebro has grown rapidly because of soil washed downriver. The town of Amposta, which was a seaport in the 4th century, demonstrates the historical rate of growth of the delta as it is now located well inland from the current river mouth and it used to be on the coast.
The rounded form of the delta attests the balance between sediment deposition by the Ebro and removal of this material by wave erosion.
The Ebro Delta is protected wetland and has been recognised as being of international importance - defined for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands. This recognises the fundamental ecological functions of wetlands and their economic, cultural, scientific, and recreational value.
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Credit: Airbus DS 2008 - Additional editing and text by the eoPortal team.