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Malabo, Capital of Equatorial Guinea, on Bioko Island – January 30th, 2010

3.7N 8.7E

January 30th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

Equatorial Guinea - December 20th, 2009

Equatorial Guinea - December 20th, 2009

Bioko, lower left quadrant, is an island off the west coast of Africa in the Gulf of Guinea. It is part of Equatorial Guinea despite its proximity to Cameroon (top). Bioko has a total area of 2,017 km2 (779 sq mi). It is 70 km long from north-northeast to south-southwest, and about 32 km across. It is volcanic and very mountainous with the highest peak Pico Basile (3,012 m (9,882 ft)). It lies on the Cameroon Volcanic Line.

In this orthorectified image, the city of Malabo can be seen on the northern coast of Bioko. The city, which is the capital of Equatorial Guinea, is located on the rim of a sunken volcano. Its population has grown rapidly over the past ten years to about 100,000.

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