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Earth from Space: Zaragoza, Spain

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The province of Zaragoza in northeastern Spain is featured in this image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission.

Together with the provinces of Huesca and Teruel, Zaragoza formed the Old Kingdom of Aragon. Also called Zaragoza, its capital (not shown in this image) is home to about half of Aragon’s population.

In this image you can see the Ebro River winding through the state from west to east. Flowing between the headwaters of the Cantabrian Mountains in the northwest and the deltas of the Mediterranean coast, the Ebro River flows 910 km through much of northern Spain and is fed by more than 200 tributaries.

Irrigation in the Ebro River Basin is very important in dry regions with less than 380-460 mm of annual rainfall. Popular with kitesurfers, La Roteta Reservoir was designed to regulate the flow of the Imperial Aragonese Canal and is shown in turquoise in the lower left of the image.

The image shows a lot of farmland in the valley surrounding the Ebro River. Cereals, especially wheat and barley, dominate the economy, followed by maize, livestock, and fruit. Different types of farmland can be identified by their shape. For example, the circle in the bottom left of the image is the center pivot irrigation field. Here, the equipment rotates around a central pivot to water the crops with a sprinkler.

Nearby mountains with little vegetation can be seen to the north of the river. These dry mountainous areas are the least populated areas of the region.

Copernicus Sentinel-2 is based on the constellation of two identical satellites in the same orbit. The 5-day revisit frequency and global coverage provide excellent opportunities for both regional and global agricultural monitoring.

Copernicus helps you assess land use and trends, crop health, and yield projections. Also supports input management, farm management records, and irrigation management.

This image is also featured in the Earth from Space video program.

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