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Vegetation and Rivers in Angola’s Interior Highlands

12.5S 17.9E

May 16th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Angola - May 13th, 2009

Angola - May 13th, 2009

Angola has a diverse geography: it is divided into an arid coastal strip stretching from Namibia to Luanda; a wet, interior highland; a dry savanna in the interior south and southeast; and rain forest in the north and in Cabinda.

Here, rivers create brown and green vein-like patterns as they cross the interior highlands. The interior highlands have a mild climate with a rainy season from November through April followed by a cool dry season from May to October. The far north enjoys rain throughout much of the year.

The approach to the great central plateau of Africa is marked by a series of irregular escarpments and cuestas. This intermediate mountain belt is covered with luxuriant vegetation. Water is fairly abundant, though in the dry season obtainable only by digging in the sandy beds of the rivers.

The plateau has an altitude ranging from 4000 to 6000 ft (1,200 to 1,800 m). It consists of well-watered, wide, rolling plains, and low hills with scanty vegetation.

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