The sea of greenhouses in the province of Almería in southern Spain is so large that it can be seen from the air. The greenhouse complex covers an area of more than 25,000 hectares and manages millions of tons of fruit and vegetables. If you live anywhere in Spain or most of Europe, it’s likely that your fruit and vegetables are grown in Almería.
A sea of plastic greenhouses reflect the sunlight during the day, which helps them to be visible from the air. Unlike the Great Wall of China, which blends in behind itself when seen from the air, green buildings are very different. They are surrounded by water on one side and mountains on the other, which makes the greenhouses easy to distinguish from the sky.
That said, this has also started to affect the region’s climate, with Almería seeing average temperatures over the past few decades compared to climate increases across the region.