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Sediments from Zambezi and Buzi Rivers, Mozambique – July 18th, 2011

19.8S 34.8E

July 18th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Mozambique - July 14th, 2011

The Zambezi and Buzi Rivers empty into the Mozambique Channel and Indian Ocean in this image of southern Mozambique. Here, the mouth and estuary of the Buzi can be observed just north of the patch of clouds at the bottom left. The mouth of the Zambezi is visible further up the coast, near the image center.

The Zambezi River divides Mozambique into two topographical regions. To the south of the river, visible here, are broad lowlands, with the Mashonaland plateau and Lebombo mountains located in the deep south.

The Buzi River (Portuguese: Rio Búzi) flows eastward through the Manica and Sofala provinces of Mozambique. It then empties to the Mozambique Channel west of Beira, forming an estuary. It is 250 kilometres (155 mi) long, with a drainage basin 31,000 square kilometres (12,000 sq mi) in size. Its mean annual discharge is 79 m³/s (2,790 cfs) at its mouth.

The Zambezi, on the other hand, is the fourth-longest river in Africa, and the largest flowing into the Indian Ocean from Africa. The area of its basin is 1390000 km2, slightly less than half that of the Nile.

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