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Meanderings of the Gambia River

13.3N 15.9W

July 22nd, 2009 Category: Rivers

Senegal and the Gambia - July 2nd, 2009

Senegal and the Gambia - July 2nd, 2009

The Gambia is the smallest country on mainland Africa, bordered to the north, east, and south by Senegal, and has a small 80 kilometer long coastline on the Atlantic Ocean in the west.

The borders of this small, narrow country mirror the meandering Gambia River, the nation’s namesake, which flows through the country’s center and the center of this image, and empties into the Atlantic Ocean.

The country is less than 48 km wide at its widest point, with a total area of 11,300 km². Approximately 1,300 km² of the Gambia’s area is covered by water.

Here, the land north of the river appears more populated, as it is speckled by white areas indicating towns and cities. Some of the land south of the river is protected, including the Kiang West National Park, one of the largest and most important wildlife reserves in the country.

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