Face of Morocco
Along the Moroccan coast, shielded from the Sahara by the dark-toned High Atlas range in the north and the Anti-Atlas or Lesser Atlas on the southside, PROBA-V shows us the fertile lands (red) that surround the Sous River. At the mouth of the river, we find the neighbouring cities of Agadir, Inezgane on the north bank and Aït Melloul on the south bank, shown in green. After Agadir’s destruction by earthquakes in 1960, it was completely rebuilt and has become the country’s largest seaside resort, thanks to its year-round mild climate. In contrast, the other cities are more resemblant of the Berber tradition, with the characteristic souks, jewellery and fruit and vegetable market. Agadir city’s full native name can be translated as the ‘fortress of the cape’, hinting at the nearby Cape Ghir to its northwest (resembling a nosetip). The name of Inezgane, on the other hand, might remind us of the caves in the area.