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Lake Kariba and Flooded Grasslands of Zambia – May 2nd, 2011

15.4S 28.2E

May 2nd, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Wetlands

Zambia and Zimbabwe - April 15th, 2011

Lake Kariba’s irregular shoreline stands out thanks to its dark waters in contrast with the green of the surrounding landscape. The lake is located on the Zambezi River on the border between Zambia (above) and Zimbabwe (below).

The bright green area in the upper part of the image is part of two national parks: Blue Lagoon National Park and Lochinvar National Park, separated by the Kafue River. The northern side of the parks is in the Zambezian and Mopane woodlands ecoregion and the southern partsĀ  are in the Zambezian flooded grasslands ecoregion.

Also visible near the top edge in the upper right quadrant is Lusaka, the capital and largest city of Zambia, appearing here as a tan circular area. It is located in the southern part of the central plateau, at an elevation of about 1,300 metres (4,265 feet).

 

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