ERS-1 radar image of the Strait of Gibraltar

ERS-1 radar image of the Strait of Gibraltar

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Caption: Strait of Gibraltar. ERS-1 image of tidal water patterns in the Strait of Gibraltar, the narrow passage of water between the Mediterranean Sea (right) and the Atlantic Ocean (left). In the upper right are standing waves, spaced about 2 kilometres apart. These form as the water in the Mediterranean flows out into the Atlantic as the tide ebbs. They are caused by the water meeting the more saline Atlantic waters at the same time as being forced against the ascending sea floor of the shallow Strait. The dark red tones in the left are eddies of smooth sea caused by the retreating tidal flow. The data were gathered by the European ERS-1 radar mapping satellite.

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Keywords: current, effect, environment, ers-1 imagery, geography, gibraltar, internal wave, mediterranean, radar, radar image, satellite photo, sea, standing wave, strait of, strait of gibraltar, straits, tide

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