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Phytoplankton Bloom off Angola-Namibia Coast

18.7S 16.2E

August 23rd, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Namibia and Angola - August 6th, 2009

Namibia and Angola - August 6th, 2009

Etosha Pan

Etosha Pan

Part of the border between Namibia (below) and Angola (above) can be easily identified here as a straight line across the land in the upper half of the image.

Two geographical formations of note can also be seen: the green Etosha pan,  a large endorheic salt pan south of the border, and the northern part of the orange Namib Desert, in the lower right quadrant. The close-up focuses on the 120-kilometre-long (75-mile-long) dry lakebed and its surroundings, which are protected as Etosha National Park.

Two other phenomena of a more temporary nature include a semi-circular phytoplankton bloom off the coast between the Namib Desert and the Etosha Pan, and a faint wisp of smoke blowing across the border in the upper right quadrant. Both are best visible upon opening the full version of the main image.

Northwestern Namibia, from the Kaokoveld Desert to the Savanna Woodlands

April 21st, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Northwestern Namibia - April 13th, 2009

Northwestern Namibia - April 13th, 2009

Northwestern Namibia, near the border with Angola, includes an area known as the Kaokoveld Desert, a small part of which is visible here in the lower left quadrant.

The Kaokoveld Desert occupies a coastal strip covering 45,700 square kilometers (17,600 square miles), and is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, the Namibian savanna woodlands to the east, and the Namib Desert to the south. It also includes the Mossamedes Desert of southern Angola.

This region receives most of its rainfall during the summer, which distinguishes it from the adjacent Namib Desert immediately to the south, which receives most of its rain during the winter.

The change in terrain from desert to savanna woodlands is evident from the gradual color progression from tan to brown to green, moving away from the coast.

The Namib and Kalahari Deserts – April 18th, 2009

April 18th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Namibia - April 5th, 2009

Namibia - April 5th, 2009

The arid land of two deserts gives an orange tone to this image, which covers parts of Namibia (left), Botswana (right) and South Africa (below).

The Namib Desert is visible on the far left. Its borders are made fairly evident by the outline of its orange-red sands.

East of the Namib, the Kalahari Desert covers much of the rest of the image. It is a large, arid desert area in southwestern Sub-Saharan Africa extending 900,000 km² (225,000 sq. mi.), covering much of Botswana and parts of Namibia and South Africa. It has huge tracts of excellent grazing after good rains.

The Kalahari has vast areas covered by red sand without any permanent surface water. Drainage is by dry valleys, seasonally inundated pans, and the large salt pans of the Makgadikgadi Pan in Botswana and Etosha Pan in Namibia.

However, the Kalahari is not a true desert. Parts of the Kalahari receive over 250 mm (9.8″) of erratic rainfall annually and are quite well vegetated; it is only truly arid in the southwest with under 175 mm (6.9″) of rain annually, making the Kalahari a fossil desert. Summer temperatures in the Kalahari range from 20 to 45°C (68–113°F).

Wave Patterns Off Namibian Coast

February 19th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Wave patterns off Namibian coast - February 18th, 2009

Wave patterns off Namibian coast - February 18th, 2009

The northern part of the coastline of Namibia, before the start of the arid terrain of the Namib Desert, is visible here.

This area is known as Kunene (also Kaokoland), one of the thirteen regions of Namibia and home to the Himba ethnic group.

Compared to the rest of Namibia, it is relatively underdeveloped. This may be due to the mountainous inaccessible geography and the dryness that significantly hinders agriculture.

Offshore in the full image, some interesting wave patterns can be observed in the Atlantic Ocean.