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Smoke Over Botswana and South Africa

20.6S 25.3E

April 20th, 2012 Category: Fires, Rivers, Salt Flats

Botswana and South Africa - April 15th, 2012

Smoke can be seen near the border between South Africa and Botswana in the lower right quadrant of this image of central southern Africa. The white area visible north of the cloud of smoke is the Makgadikgadi Pan, a large salt pan in northern Botswana, and the largest salt flat complex in the world. These salt pans cover approximately 16,000 km2 and form the bed of the ancient Lake Makgadikgadi that began evaporating millennia ago.

Also visible northwest of the pan is the Okavango Delta (or Okavango Swamp), in Botswana, is the world’s largest inland delta. It is formed where the Okavango River empties onto a swamp in an endorheic basin in the Kalahari Desert, where most of the water is lost to evaporation and transpiration instead of draining into the sea.

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