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Lower Zambezi River Crossing Mozambique

17.6S 35.2E

February 23rd, 2010 Category: Rivers

Malawi - February 12th, 2010

Malawi - February 12th, 2010

The Zambezi River can be seen flowing across Mozambique, just south of the border with Malawi, in this orthorectified image. The Zambezi can be divided into three segments: the Upper, Middle and Lower Zambezi (visible here).

Lower Zambezi’s 650 km (400 mi) from Cahora Bassa to the Indian Ocean is navigable, although the river is shallow in many places during the dry season. This shallowness arises as the river enters a broad valley and spreads out over a large area.

Only at one point, the Lupata Gorge, 320 km (200 mi) from its mouth, is the river confined between high hills. Here it is scarcely 200 m wide. Elsewhere it is from 5 to 8 km (3 to 5 mi) wide, flowing gently in many streams. The river bed is sandy, and the banks are low and reed-fringed. At places, however, and especially in the rainy season, the streams unite into one broad fast-flowing river.

About 160 km (100 mi) from the sea the Zambezi receives the drainage of Lake Malawi through the Shire River, visible to the right upon opening the full image.

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