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Lake Kariba and Lochinvar National Park, Zambia

16.7S 28.1E

June 21st, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Zambia - April 16th, 2010

Zambia - April 16th, 2010

Lake Kariba is a lake in central Africa, between Zambia (above) and Zimbabwe (below). Here, its deeply indented and irregular shoreline is accentuated by the contrast between its navy blue waters and the surrounding green terrain of Zambia and Zimbabwe.

It was formed by damming the Zambezi River in the Kariba Gorge, where the river narrows between hills of hard rock 250 miles (400 km) below Victoria Falls. The lake, covering about 2,000 square miles (5,200 square km), extends upstream 175 miles (280 km) to Devil’s Gorge and has a maximum width of 30 miles (48 km).

Although clouds dot the skies in this image, obscuring some of the land below, the Lochinvar National Park can be seen in a clear area northwest of Lake Kariba. The park lies south west of Lusaka in Zambia, on the south side of the Kafue River.

The national park straddles two of Zambia’s ecoregions: Zambezian and Mopane woodlands in the south, and Zambezian flooded grasslands over most of the park. Habitats in the latter ecoregion include Chunga Lagoon and the Kafue Flats (floodplain), and drier grassland between floodplain and woodland dominated by termite mounds.

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