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Island of Nosy Be, Off Northwestern Madagascar Coast

13.3S 48.2E

June 16th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Madagascar - June 8th, 2009

Madagascar - June 8th, 2009

Greenish sediments, and in some places, coral reefs, frame the deeply indented coastline of northern Madagascar.

Several islands can be seen off the coast, the largest of which is Nosy Be (center), located about eight km (5 mi) offshore in the Mozambique Channel. Meaning “big island” in the Malagasy language, it has an area of about 312 kmĀ² (120 square miles).

Nosy Be is a volcanic island that reaches its highest peak at Mont Lokobe at 450m (1476 feet). This volcano is of Holocene origin but has not erupted in recorded history.

Nosy Be has a tropical climate. It is most humid in summer (December, January, February). The Tsaratanana Massif partially protects the island from the strong north-east winds affecting the region in August or during tropical depressions.

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