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Namib Desert, Etosha Pan and Okavango River, Namibia – March 16th, 2011

17.9S 19.7E

March 16th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Image of the day, Rivers, Salt Flats

Namibia - February 17th, 2011

The Namibian landscape consists generally of five geographical areas: the Central Plateau, the Namib Desert, the Great Escarpment, the Bushveld, and the Kalahari Desert.

Much of this image is occupied by the Namib Desert. The sandy portion of the desert is visible along the coast in the lower part of the image. In the full image, many high rows of orange sand dunes can be observed.

To the north is the Etosha pan, a large endorheic salt pan forming part of the Namib Desert in the north of Namibia. The pan is mostly dry but after a heavy rain it will acquire a thin layer of water.

At the top of the full image, the Okavango River can be seen, marking the border between Namibia and Angola. The city of Rundu, the capital of the Kavango Region in northern Namibia, can be seen on the banks of the river near the upper right corner.

Geographical Features Near Zambezi and Okavango Rivers, Botswana and Zambia

17.8S 23.9E

August 30th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers, Salt Flats

Botswana and Zambia - July 17th, 2010

An interesting range of colors and geographical features can be observed in this image of central southern Africa. The branched green area left of the center is the Okavango Delta, at the end of the Okavango River.

To its east is a bright white area of salt flats called the Makgadikgadi Pan, in the middle of the dry savanna of north-eastern Botswana.

The dark blue, elongated lake on the right side is Lake Kariba, on the Zambezi River along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Also situated along the Zambezi River is the Barotse Floodplain, in Zambia, an important wetlands area. As it blends in with the surrounding landscape, this feature is best observed in the full image. There, it appears as a long, golden green area west of Lake Kariba and north of the Okavango Delta.

Okavango River and Delta in Angola and Botswana – June 1st, 2010

19.2S 22.7E

June 1st, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Angola and Botswana - April 28th, 2010

Angola and Botswana - April 28th, 2010

The fan-shaped dark green area in the lower right quadrant is the Okavango Delta in Botswana. The Okavango River—formerly sometimes called the Okovango—takes its name from the Okavango (Kavango) people of northern Namibia.

The Okavango River is the fourth longest river system in southern Africa, running basically southeastward for 1,000 miles (1,600 km) from central Angola, where it is known as the Kubango, to the Kalahari Desert in northern Botswana, where the river terminates in an immense inland delta known as the Okavango Swamp.

Okavango River and Delta, Botswana

March 31st, 2009 Category: Rivers

Botswana - March 23rd, 2009

Botswana - March 23rd, 2009

Parts of southern Angola (top left), southern Zambia (top right), Namibia (bottom left) and Botswana (bottom right) can be seen here.

The Okavango River runs across the image just above the middle, before emptying onto the sands of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana and creating the Okavango Delta (or Okavango Swamp).

This is the world’s largest inland delta, and an uncommon end for the Okavango River, considered unusual because it does not have an outlet to the sea.

Although the area around the delta appears quite well irrigated and green with vegetation, the true flood period will not begin for another month.

Okavango, Cuando and Zambezi Rivers in Angola and Zambia

16.2S 21.9E

April 4th, 2011 Category: Rivers, Wetlands

Angola and Zambia - March 31st, 2011

Several rivers can be seen flowing southeastward across Angola (left) and Zambia (right). The man ones are the Okavango (left), the Cuando (center) and the Zambezi River (right).

The thicker green area at the center right is the floodplain of the Zambezi River. Today it is about half as broad as it was before the construction of the Kariba and Cahora Bassa dams, which control the seasonal variations in the flow rate of the river.