Spain: Geography                                                    

Maps:

Can you find Spain on this map of Europe?

Can you find your city?

What bodies of water touch Spain? 

Can you find the capital of Spain?

What countries touch Spain?

What do you think the climate is like in Spain?

Location                               

  • Located in southwestern Europe
  • Borders the Mediterranean Sea, the North Atlantic ocean, the Bay of Biscay, the Pyrenees Mountains and southwest of France

Area                                      

  • 505,370 sq km

Area Comparative            

  • Almost five times the size of Kentucky, USA
  • Slightly more than twice the size of Oregon, USA

Terrain                                 

  • Large, flat plateau surrounded by rugged hills
  • Pyrenees Mountains in the north

Natural Resources           

  • Coal, lignite, iron ore, copper, lead, zinc, uranium, tungsten, mercury, pyrites, magnesite, fluorspar, gypsum, sepiolite, kaolin, potash, hydropower and arable land

Natural Hazards                

  • Periodic droughts
  • Occasional flooding

Environmental Issues     

  • Pollution of the Mediterranean Sea from sewage and offshore production of oil and gas
  • Water quality and quantity
  • Air pollution
  • Deforestation
  • Desertification