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Red Sediments from Sofia and Betsiboka Rivers, Madagascar

15.3S 47.0E

May 23rd, 2010 Category: Rivers, Sediments

Madagascar - April 28th, 2010

Madagascar - April 28th, 2010

Madagascar is an island nation in the western Indian Ocean off the southeast coast of Africa. The island is the world’s fourth largest, about 975 mi (1,570 km) long and 355 mi (570 km) wide. It is separated from the African coast by the Mozambique Channel.

Here, rusty red sediments from the Sofia River (above) and the Betsiboka River (below) can be seen spilling into the Mozambique Channel. The sediments’ distinct red color is due to the red lateritic soils in Madagascar’s central highlands.

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