Party On by EarthHart
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Party On

by EarthHart in EARTH

The island of Ibiza—Eivissa in the native Catalan language—is located off of the south-eastern coast of Spain and is part of the Balearic archipelago. Together with the neighbouring island of Formentera (not shown), it comprises the Pine Islands of the western archipelago.

The largest cities on the island—Ibiza Town, Sant Antoni de Portmany, and Santa Eulària des Riu—appear as white to pink regions near coastal bays in this photograph from the International Space Station. Like many of the Balearic Islands, the major industry of Ibiza is tourism, and Ibiza Town and Sant Antoni de Portmany are particularly well known for their night-life.

Much of the lowland interior is covered with green to light brown agricultural fields; some of them are in active production of wheat, olives, and grapes, but others are inactive and undergoing a re-growth of native trees such as pine (Pinus halpensis) and savine (Juniperus phoenicea). The northern and south-western coastlines are hilly (grey-brown regions), with the highest peak (Sa Talaia; 475 meters above sea level) located in the south-western region.

Parts of the island and near-shore waters are designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites and provide opportunities for rock climbing and eco-tourism. The island hosts a large variety of birds and lizards, though no large land fauna are present. Parts of Ibiza and Formentera wetlands have been identified as habitat for nesting and migratory water-birds by the Ramsar Convention of Wetlands of International Importance.

Ships are visible near Ibiza Town, and a ship wake makes a line in the sea off the south-western coastline (lower left). The Mediterranean Sea to the south-east appears dark due to shadowing by clouds, just visible in the lower right corner.

Astronaut photograph ISS035-E-7431 was acquired on March 22, 2013, with a Nikon D3S digital camera using a 400 millimetre lens, and is provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observations experiment and Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, Johnson Space Centre. The image was taken by the Expedition 35 crew. It has been cropped and enhanced to improve contrast, and lens artefacts have been removed.

Image & text: NASA.

See the Earth from space at http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov

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  • JurgenDoe

    JurgenDoe

    I was on all 3 islands .. Mallorca, Ibiza and Formentera

    Apr 17th, 2013 Reply Shadowness Staff
  • Lucifer

    Lucifer

    i was on Ibiza :)) very wild island

    Apr 17th, 2013 Reply who wants a hug?
    • EarthHart

      EarthHart

      That's why I gave it the title "party On" Never been there, and if I could, it would be for the natural history & geology of the island
      The favour should go to NASA & the folk on the ISS

      Apr 17th, 2013 Reply Respect & Responsibility
    • Lucifer

      Lucifer

      its beautiful island :) and incredibly clear and blue sea and very hot weather :D only one i mind was that we had to buy water in the shops because everywhere was just salt water ...in the kitchen, shower ...
      but its true it wasnt my style of vacation :D i like mountains more and not so hot weather and its boring to spend whole day lying on the beach :D i need to walk and see something interesting :)
      wish you nice weekend, Will

      Apr 19th, 2013 Reply who wants a hug?
    • EarthHart

      EarthHart

      I'm not a 'hot weather' person, too fair
      Have a great one yourself, m'deer

      Apr 19th, 2013 Reply Respect & Responsibility
    • Lucifer

      Lucifer

      thank you very much, Will

      Apr 19th, 2013 Reply who wants a hug?
  • barfischer

    barfischer

    it always fascinates me to see such wonderful works.... such informations are so interesting... and for me to photograph from such distances... this is a miracle..... thank you also for your most informative comment... i loved reading and get to know.....

    Apr 17th, 2013 Reply
    • EarthHart

      EarthHart

      You should take a look at http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov It's well worth the trip
      The comment is from NASA.
      Thanks for the favour, but really it belongs to the folk on the ISS.

      Apr 17th, 2013 Reply Respect & Responsibility
    • barfischer

      barfischer

      i will have a look at it... as soon as i get the time to do so..... thank you so much for this link !!! And yes, it is from NASA.... but you had to put it here....

      Apr 17th, 2013 Reply