Earth Snapshot RSS Feed Twitter
 
 
 
 

Search Results for "barotse":

Barotse Floodplain in Western Zambia

15.6S 23.1E

March 30th, 2013 Category: Wetlands

Zambia – March 29th, 2013

The Barotse Floodplain, visible as a wide green strech running vertically across the right half of this image (also known as the Bulozi Plain, Lyondo or the Zambezi Floodplain) is one of Africa’s great wetlands, on the Zambezi River in the Western Province of Zambia. It is a designated Ramsar site, regarded as being of high conservation value.

The floodplain stretches from the Zambezi’s confluence with the Kabompo and Lungwebungu Rivers in the north, to a point about 230 km south, above the Ngonye falls and south of Senanga. Along most of its length its width is over 30 km, reaching 50 km at the widest, just north of Mongu, principal town of the plain, situated at its edge. The main body of the plain covers about 5500 km², but the maximum flooded area is 10 750 km² when the floodplains of several tributaries are taken into account.

About 250,000 people live on the plain with a similar number of cattle, migrating to grasslands at the edge of the floodplain when the flood arrives. The floodplain is one of the most productive areas for raising cattle in the country. It is also used for fishing and cultivating crops such as maize, rice, sweet potato, and sugar cane.

Barotse Floodplain on Zambezi River in Western Zambia

15.5S 23.0E

January 24th, 2012 Category: Rivers, Wetlands

Zambia - January 6th, 2012

The Barotse Floodplain, visible as a bright green area by the Zambezi River on the left side of this image, is one of Africa’s great wetlands and a designated Ramsar site. It is located in the Western Province of Zambia. The region is a flat plateau at an elevation of about 1000 m tilting very slightly to the south. The Zambezi and its headwaters rise on the higher ground to the north, which enjoys good rainfall (1400 mm annually) in a rainy season from October to May.

The floodplain stretches from the Zambezi’s confluence with the Kabompo and Lungwebungu Rivers in the north, to a point about 230 km south, above the Ngonye falls and south of Senanga. Along most of its length its width is over 30 km, reaching 50 km at the widest. The main body of the plain covers about 5500 km², but the maximum flooded area is 10 750 km² when the floodplains of several tributaries are taken into account.

Vegetation Index of Land Around Barotse Floodplain and Okavango Delta, Central Southern Africa

20.6S 25.6E

March 14th, 2011 Category: Vegetation Index

Angola, Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe - February 18th, 2011

The full version of this FAPAR image stretches across parts of Angola (upper left), Zambia (upper right), Botswana (lower left) and Zimbabwe (lower right). The land shows a generally good vegetation index, indicated by the mostly green false-color of the image.

However, several areas of high activity (rusty red) and low photosynthetic activity (yellow) can be seen across the image as well. The less active areas can be noted southeast of the Okavango Delta (bottom center of thumbnail) as one moves towards the Makgadikgadi Pans, and to the west of the Barotse Floodplain (above center).

Etosha Pan, Okavango Delta and Barotse Floodplain, Southern Africa

17.8S 20.9E

July 2nd, 2010 Category: Rivers, Salt Flats

Southern Africa - June 2nd, 2010

Southern Africa - June 2nd, 2010

Parts of the countries of Angola (upper left quadrant), Zambia (upper right quadrant), Botswana (lower right quadrant), Namibia (lower left quadrant) can all be observed here.

The large, whitish area in the lower left corner in the Etosha Pan. It is a large endorheic salt pan, forming part of the Namib Desert in the north of Namibia. The 120-kilometre-long (75-mile-long) lakebed some gets covered with a thin layer of water after heavy rains, but usually remains dry.

The dark green area to the lower right is the Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland delta. It forms where the waters of the Okavango River spill onto the sands of the Kalahari desert in northern Botswana.

Visible as an elogated, golden green area north of the delta is the Barotse Floodplain. One of Africa’s great wetlands, it is found on the Zambezi River in the Western Province of Zambia. It is a designated Ramsar site, regarded as being of high conservation value.

The Barotse Floodplain After the Rainy Season – July 7th, 2009

15.2S 23.0E

July 7th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Zambia - June 21st, 2009

Zambia - June 21st, 2009

The Zambezi River sweeps through the left side of this image of western Zambia, its banks surrounded by bright green vegetation. The area immediately around the river and throughout most of the image is an extensive wetlands area, known as the Barotse Floodplain.

This image, taken about a month after the end of the rainy season, appears less vegetated and green than the last time the area was observed, one month before the end of the rainy season (click here for previous article).

These wetlands, also known as the Bulozi Plain, Lyondo or the Zambezi Floodplain, are on a plateau at an elevation of about 1000 m. The plateau is mostly flat, but tilts very slightly to the south.

The Zambezi and its headwaters rise on the higher ground to the north, which enjoys good rainfall (1400 mm annually) in a rainy season from October to May. A flood moves down the river reaching a flat region, formed from Kalahari sands, about five hundred kilometres across.

To the south around the Ngonye Falls harder rock is found at the surface and has resisted the river’s tendency to cut a channel down into it, and so acts a bit like a dam. Behind it, the floodplain has formed.

About Us

Earth Observation

Organisations

Archive

November 2014
M T W T F S S
« Mar    
 12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930

Categories


Bulletin Board


Featured Posts

Information

47


Take Action

Widgets