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Orange River Flowing Across South Africa Near Upington

28.4S 21.2E

December 4th, 2009 Category: Rivers

South Africa - November 17th, 2009

South Africa - November 17th, 2009

This image focuses on a stretch of the Orange River in South Africa, near the town of Upington (located approximately in the middle of the visible river segment). This Southern Kalahari Desert town is situated within the fertile Orange River Valley, a bright green ribbon that brings life-giving water from the Lesotho Highlands and snakes across the semi-arid Northern Cape landscape.

The Orange River that flows through Upington is the result of the confluence of the Orange and Vaal rivers at the town of Douglas, approximately 300 km upstream. The geography in this area varies from sandy red dunes, rock faced ‘koppies’ hills, African veld and extremely fertile agricultural areas.

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