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Lakes, Rivers, Deltas and Floodplains Around Caprivi Strip, Africa – May 8th, 2012

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May 8th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers, Salt Flats

Botswana - April 28th, 2012

Many bodies of water, different in size and hydrology, can be observed in this image of Angola (upper left), Zambia (upper right), Botswana (lower left) and Zimbabwe (lower right).

Visible by the right edge is the dark blue Lake Kariba, located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is the world’s largest artificial reservoir by volume. Southwest of the lake is the Makgadikgadi Pan, in Botswana, the world’s largest salt flat complex.

In the center of the image is the Caprivi Strip, a narrow protrusion of Namibia eastwards about 450 km (280 mi), between Botswana to the south, Angola and Zambia to the north, and Okavango Region to the west. Caprivi is bordered by the Okavango, Kwando, Chobe and Zambezi Rivers.

To the west is the Okavango Delta, formed where the Okavango River empties onto the Kalahari Desert. To the north is the Barotse Floodplain, which begins by the Zambezi River’s confluence with the Kabompo and Lungwebungu Rivers in the north. The region is a flat plateau at an elevation of about 1000 m tilting very slightly to the south.

Lakes, Rivers and Wetlands in Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia

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April 27th, 2013 Category: Lakes, Rivers, Wetlands

Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia – April 27th, 2013

Multiple lakes and wetland areas can be observed in this image that focuses on Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia (counter-clockwise from lower left quadrant). Visible near the center left is the Okavango Delta, an inland delta in Botswana, with the salt flats of the Makgadikgadi Pan to the southeast. In the upper left quadrant is the Barotse Floodplain, in Zambia, while in the upper right quadrant is Lake Kariba, on the Zimbabwe-Zambia border.

The area in the center of the image is the Caprivi Strip, a narrow protrusion of Namibia eastwards from the Okavango Region about 450 km (280 mi), between Botswana to the south, and Angola and Zambia to the north. Caprivi is bordered by the Okavango, Kwando, Chobe and Zambezi rivers. 

Lakes, Marshlands and Salt Flats in Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique

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November 1st, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers, Salt Flats

Zimbabwe - October 21st, 2010

This image of central southern Africa, including parts of Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique, contains various lakes and other interesting geographical features. Visible by the left edge is part of the Okavango Delta, an inland delta at the end of the Okavango River in Botswana.

Just above is a triangular shaped, marshy green area situated where the Cuando River flows as a marshy channel across the neck of the Caprivi Strip, of Namibia and then forms the border between Namibia and Botswana as it continues southeast.

To its east of the delta and the marshlands is a bright white area of salt flats called the Makgadikgadi Pan, in the middle of the dry savanna of north-eastern Botswana.

Finally, two large lakes can be observed: Lake Kariba, the dark blue body of water in the upper half of the image, on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, and Lake Cahora Bassa, in Mozambique.

Bodies of Water and Wetlands of South-Central Africa

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September 17th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia - June 21st, 2009

Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia - June 21st, 2009

Numerous important bodies of water and wetlands areas are visible in this fine, cloud-free image of Botswana, Angola, Zimbabwe, Zambia and the Caprivi Strip zone of Namibia.

In Botswana, which occupies the lower portion of the image, the Okavango River and Delta can be seen on the left, and the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans to the right.

Above the Okavango Delta is the Cuando River, which leads to a place known as Africa’s “Four Corners”, as Namibia, Botswana, Angola and Zambia share a quadruple frontier near the triangular swampy area visible northeast of the delta.

The upper portion of the image contains the Zambezi River and Barotse Floodplain in Zambia in the top left quadrant and Lake Kariba, on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, in the top right quadrant.

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