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Geographical Features Near Zambezi and Okavango Rivers, Botswana and Zambia

17.8S 23.9E

August 30th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers, Salt Flats

Botswana and Zambia - July 17th, 2010

An interesting range of colors and geographical features can be observed in this image of central southern Africa. The branched green area left of the center is the Okavango Delta, at the end of the Okavango River.

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

The dark blue, elongated lake on the right side is Lake Kariba, on the Zambezi River along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Also situated along the Zambezi River is the Barotse Floodplain, in Zambia, an important wetlands area. As it blends in with the surrounding landscape, this feature is best observed in the full image. There, it appears as a long, golden green area west of Lake Kariba and north of the Okavango Delta.

Channels of Okavango Delta and Colors of Makgadikgadi Pan, Botswana – August 24th, 2010

20.4S 25.5E

August 24th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers, Salt Flats

Botswana - July 17th, 2010

Botswana - July 17th, 2010

The area with branching green lines on the left side of this image is the Okavango Delta, in Botswana. It is situated at the end of the Okavango River, where the river empties its waters onto the desert floor of the Kalahari. Also visible near the right edge is Lake Kariba.

Upon opening the full image, a stream can be seen connecting the inland delta to the Makgadikgadi Pan, a large salt flat.  Although the salt flat appears bright white in the thumbnail, in the full image various colors can be observed: different shades of white and green, greenish areas where water is present, and red patches that probably indicate where salt is being extracted.

Okavango Delta, Lake Kariba and Makgadikgadi Pan in Central Southern Africa

19.5S 24.8E

August 15th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers, Salt Flats

Botswana - August 5th, 2010

Botswana - August 5th, 2010

The upper half of this image has a greenish tone, in contrast with the brown hues of the Kalahari Desert. The Okavango River empties its waters onto those desert sands towards the center of this image, creating a green inland delta known as the Okavango Delta, in Botswana.

East of the delta are two other interesting features: the Makgadikgadi Pan, a large salt flat in Botswana that appears bright white, and Lake Kariba, a dark blue on the Zambezi River that lies along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Okavango Delta and Makgadikgadi Salt Pan, Botswana

20.8S 25.3E

July 25th, 2010 Category: Rivers, Salt Flats

Botswana - April 17th, 2010

Botswana - April 17th, 2010

The Okavango Delta, an inland delta that forms where the Okavango River spills onto the Kalahari Desert sands in Botswana, can be seen in the upper left corner.

Lying southeast of the Okavango Delta and surrounded by the Kalahari desert is the Makgadikgadi Pan, a large salt pan in the middle of the dry savanna of north-eastern Botswana. It is one of the largest salt flats in the world.

Makgadikgadi is technically not a single pan but many pans with sandy desert in between, the largest being the Sua (Sowa), Ntwetwe and Nxai Pans. The largest individual pan is about 1,900 sq mi (4,921.0 km2).

By way of comparison, Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia is a single salt flat of 4,100 sq mi (10,619.0 km2), rarely has much water, and is generally claimed to be the world’s largest salt pan.

Etosha Pan, Okavango Delta and Barotse Floodplain, Southern Africa

17.8S 20.9E

July 2nd, 2010 Category: Rivers, Salt Flats

Southern Africa - June 2nd, 2010

Southern Africa - June 2nd, 2010

Parts of the countries of Angola (upper left quadrant), Zambia (upper right quadrant), Botswana (lower right quadrant), Namibia (lower left quadrant) can all be observed here.

The large, whitish area in the lower left corner in the Etosha Pan. It is a large endorheic salt pan, forming part of the Namib Desert in the north of Namibia. The 120-kilometre-long (75-mile-long) lakebed some gets covered with a thin layer of water after heavy rains, but usually remains dry.

The dark green area to the lower right is the Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland delta. It forms where the waters of the Okavango River spill onto the sands of the Kalahari desert in northern Botswana.

Visible as an elogated, golden green area north of the delta is the Barotse Floodplain. One of Africa’s great wetlands, it is found on the Zambezi River in the Western Province of Zambia. It is a designated Ramsar site, regarded as being of high conservation value.

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