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Zanzibar and Pemba Northeast of Dar es Salaam,Tanzania – February 23rd, 2012

6.8S 39.2E

February 23rd, 2012 Category: Image of the day

Tanzania - February 9th, 2012

Visible as a white area along the coast of this wide-swath ASAR image of Tanzania is Dar es Salaam, the largest city in the country. The city is situated on a massive natural harbour on the Eastern Indian Ocean coast of Africa, with sandy beaches in some areas. Visible offshore is the Zanzibar Archipelago, in particular the large islands of Zanzibar (closer to Dar es Salaam) and Pemba (further northeast).

Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania, in East Africa. It comprises the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 25–50 kilometres (16–31 mi) off the coast of the mainland, and consists of numerous small islands and two large ones: Unguja (the main island, informally referred to as Zanzibar), and Pemba. Pemba is situated about 50 kilometres to the north of the Unguja (the island proper of Zanzibar). Most of the island, which is hillier and more fertile than Zanzibar, is dominated by small scale farming.

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