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Saloum, Gambia and Geba Rivers Empyting into Atlantic Ocean Off Coast of West Africa

13.0N 16.4W

January 25th, 2012 Category: Rivers

Guinea Bissau - January 6th, 2012

Several rivers can be observed flowing into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of West Africa. Visible in the upper left corner is the Saloum River. It rises about 105 kilometers east of Kaolack, Senegal, and flows to the Saloum Delta. Mangrove forests occupy a 5-kilometer belt on either side of the river almost 70 kilometers upstream.

South of the mouth of the Saloum is the mouth of the Gambia River.  It runs 1,130 kilometres (700 mi) from the Fouta Djallon plateau in north Guinea westward through Senegal and The Gambia to the Atlantic Ocean at the city of Banjul. About 100 km from its mouth it gradually widens to over 10 km wide where it meets the sea.

Further down the coast is the Geba River, easily spotted due to the heavy load of sediments it releases into the Atlantic. It rises in Guinea, passes through Senegal, and reaches the Atlantic Ocean in Guinea-Bissau. It is about 340 miles (550 km) in total length. After passing by Geba town and Bambadinca, the river broadens into a wide estuary below Xime (where it is joined by the Corubal River), with a total width of about 10 miles (16 km) at Bissau.

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