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Bombetoka Bay and Betsiboka River, Madagascar – February 28th, 2009

February 27th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Bombetoka Bay, Madagascar - February 19th, 2009

Bombetoka Bay, Madagascar - February 19th, 2009

Close-up of rivermouth

Close-up of rivermouth

Bombetoka Bay is a bay on the northwestern coast of Madagascar (left) near the city of Mahajanga, where the Betsiboka River flows into the Mozambique Channel.

Numerous islands and sandbars have formed in the estuary from the large amount of sediments carried in by the Betsiboka River, and have been shaped by the flow of the river and the push and pull of tides.

Along coastlines and on the islands, the vegetation is predominantly mangrove forests. In fact, Bombetoka Bay is home to some of Madagascar’s largest remaining communities of mangroves.

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