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Saloum and Gambia Rivers in Senegal and the Gambia – February 4th, 2011

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February 4th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Senegal - January 16th, 2011

Two rivers can be seen flowing into the Atlantic Ocean in this image of Senegal and the Gambia: the Saloum River (above) and the Gambia River (below). The waters of the former appear dark blue, while those of the latter carry tan sediments.

The Gambia River runs 1,130 km (700 miles) from the Fouta Djallon plateau in north Guinea westward to the Atlantic Ocean at the city of Banjul. The Gambia, the smallest country in mainland Africa, consists of the downstream half of the river and the land around its two banks.

The Saloum River rises about 105 kilometers east of Kaolack, Senegal, and flows into the Atlantic Ocean. The significant Saloum Delta is located at its mouth, which is protected as Saloum Delta National Park. The river basin lies within the Kingdom of Saloum. Mangrove forests occupy a 5-kilometer belt on either side of the river almost 70 kilometers upstream.

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