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Lungwebungu River, Angola

April 23rd, 2009 Category: Rivers

Angola - April 21st, 2009

Angola - April 21st, 2009

This ASAR image shows some rivers and streams of the Zambezi River Basin flowing southeast across the southern African Plateau in Angola.

The largest tributary of the upper Zambezi River is the Lungwebungu River. The headwaters of the Lungwebungu are in central Angola at an elevation around 1400 m.

Within 50 km of its headwaters, the Lungwebungu develops the character which it keeps for most of its course: extremely intricate meanders, with multiple channels and oxbow lakes, in a swampy channel about 800 m wide.

This channel is, in turn, a shallow valley with a floodplain 3 to 5 km wide, inundated in the rainy season. The edges of the floodplain are a white sandy soil covered in thin forest.

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