Saturday, 27 March 2010

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM SPAIN

My friend Ignacio from Spain sent me this nice "Faro de Gorliz" postcard, my first Spanish light. Gorliz is a Spanish town located in the Biscay coast and one of the most important tourist centers of the province of Biscay. At Cape Villano (Cabo Billano), about 30 minutes north from downtown, a modern lighthouse marks the landscape atop a steep slope on Monte Ermua. The 21 m (69 ft) 10-sided cylindrical concrete white tower was built in 1991 as part of the Plan de Señales Marítimas 1985-89, a national plan to upgrade coastal aids to navigation.
On February 20, 2009 Correos de España issued a set of four stamps devoted to four of the main renewable energy technologies: hydropower, wind power, solar energy and geothermal energy. The 0,78 € value presents geothermal energy, a form obtained by tapping the heat of the earth, usually from kilometres deep into the Earth's crust. This energy takes the form of hot steam or hot water mixed with chemicals that come out as hot springs or geysers. The hot water or heat can arise naturally or be artificially pumped. Iceland is the main producer in Europe of geothermal energy.
The definitive series issued on January 2nd, 2008 depicts the portrait of the Spanish monarch Juan Carlos I. Since 1975 when Juan Carlos was proclaimed King, five different definitive series have been issued.

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