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Great Escarpment and Coastal Zone of South Africa and Mozambique

30.7S 30.2E

November 11th, 2011 Category: Mountains

Mozambique and South Africa - November 8th, 2011

The full version of this image stretches from Mozambique to South Africa, although only the latter is visible in the thumbnail. In the full image, popcorn clouds can be seen over the Mozambican terrain.

South Africa occupies the southern tip of Africa, its coastline stretching more than 2,500 km (1,553 mi) from the desert border with Namibia on the Atlantic (western) coast southwards around the tip of Africa and then north to the border with Mozambique on the Indian Ocean.

The low-lying coastal zone is narrow for much of that distance, soon giving way to a mountainous escarpment (Great Escarpment) that separates the coast from the high inland plateau. Here, the coastal areas appear more green and vegetated than the escarpment.

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