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East Coast of Madagascar

22.5S 47.4E

July 15th, 2011 Category: Snapshots

Madagascar - June 20th, 2011

This wide-swath ASAR image focuses on the east coast of Madagascar, which consists of a narrow band of lowlands about one kilometer wide, formed from the sedimentation of alluvial soils, and an intermediate zone composed of steep bluffs alternating with ravines bordering an escarpment of about 500 metres (1,640 ft) in elevation, which gives access to the central highlands.

The coastal region extends roughly from north of Baie d’Antongil, the most prominent feature on the east coast of the island formed by the Masoala Peninsula, to the far north of the island. The coastline is straight, with the exception of a bay, offering less in the way of natural harbors than the west coast.

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