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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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