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Lakes, Rivers, Deltas and Floodplains Around Caprivi Strip, Africa – May 8th, 2012

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May 8th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers, Salt Flats

Botswana - April 28th, 2012

Many bodies of water, different in size and hydrology, can be observed in this image of Angola (upper left), Zambia (upper right), Botswana (lower left) and Zimbabwe (lower right).

Visible by the right edge is the dark blue Lake Kariba, located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is the world’s largest artificial reservoir by volume. Southwest of the lake is the Makgadikgadi Pan, in Botswana, the world’s largest salt flat complex.

In the center of the image is the Caprivi Strip, a narrow protrusion of Namibia eastwards about 450 km (280 mi), between Botswana to the south, Angola and Zambia to the north, and Okavango Region to the west. Caprivi is bordered by the Okavango, Kwando, Chobe and Zambezi Rivers.

To the west is the Okavango Delta, formed where the Okavango River empties onto the Kalahari Desert. To the north is the Barotse Floodplain, which begins by the Zambezi River’s confluence with the Kabompo and Lungwebungu Rivers in the north. The region is a flat plateau at an elevation of about 1000 m tilting very slightly to the south.

Cuando River Flowing Across Caprivi Strip, Namibia

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June 8th, 2011 Category: Rivers

Namibia, Angola and Botswana - May 23rd, 2011

The Cuando River (alternatively spelled Kwando), enters this image at the upper left corner. It is a river in south-central Africa, also called the Linyanti River and the Chobe River in its lower section before it flows into the Zambezi River.

As with all rivers in south-central Africa its flow varies enormously between the rainy season when it floods and may be several kilometres wide, and the dry season when it may disappear into marshes.

The Cuando rises in the central plateau of Angola on the slopes of Mount Tembo, then flows southeast along the Zambian border. Along this strech it passes through a maze of channels in a swampy corridor 5-10 km wide, as seen here.

The Cuando continues in its marshy channel across the neck of the Caprivi Strip of Namibia, visible near the image center, and then forms the border between Namibia and Botswana as it continues southeast.

The Cuando meets higher ground and breaks up into many channels and swamps (called the Linyanti Swamp) dotted with alluvial islands, nearly disappearing into the Kalahari sands like the Okavango. But instead, it diverts east and is captured by the Zambezi.

When its flow turns sharply east, still forming the border with Botswana, the Cuando changes names to the Linyanti, then again to the Chobe after flowing through the seasonal Lake Liambesi. Finally, it spills into the Zambezi just above the Kazungula Ferry.

Marshlands in the Caprivi Strip at Africa’s Four Corners

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June 27th, 2010 Category: Rivers

Africa's "Four Corners" - April 16th, 2010

Africa's "Four Corners" - April 16th, 2010

The bright green area near the center of this image is a marshy zone situated at the far end of the Caprivi Strip, at Africa’s “Four Corners”. This area is so named because it is found at the meeting of the borders of Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

The marshlands are created by the Cuando River (alternatively spelled Kwando), where it flows as a marshy channel across the neck of the Caprivi Strip of Namibia and then forms the border between Namibia and Botswana as it continues southeast.

The Caprivi Strip and Africa’s “Four Corners”

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June 29th, 2009 Category: Rivers, Snapshots

Africa's "Four Corners" - June 21st, 2009

Africa's "Four Corners" - June 21st, 2009

The Caprivi Strip cuts horizontally in from the left and across the central band of this image,  ending to the right of the center. It is bordered by the Okavango, Cuando, Chobe and Zambezi rivers. The area is rich in wildlife and has mineral resources.

The strip is a narrow protrusion of Namibia eastwards about 450 km (280 miles), between Botswana on the south, Angola and Zambia to the north, and Okavango Region to the west.

As such, the area has been nicknamed Africa’s “Four Corners”. The site of this quadruple frontier is by the swamp located slightly northeast of the center.

Lakes, Rivers and Wetlands in Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia

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April 27th, 2013 Category: Lakes, Rivers, Wetlands

Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia – April 27th, 2013

Multiple lakes and wetland areas can be observed in this image that focuses on Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia (counter-clockwise from lower left quadrant). Visible near the center left is the Okavango Delta, an inland delta in Botswana, with the salt flats of the Makgadikgadi Pan to the southeast. In the upper left quadrant is the Barotse Floodplain, in Zambia, while in the upper right quadrant is Lake Kariba, on the Zimbabwe-Zambia border.

The area in the center of the image is the Caprivi Strip, a narrow protrusion of Namibia eastwards from the Okavango Region about 450 km (280 mi), between Botswana to the south, and Angola and Zambia to the north. Caprivi is bordered by the Okavango, Kwando, Chobe and Zambezi rivers. 

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