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Mozambique Channel Between Madagascar and Mozambique

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November 3rd, 2011 Category: Snapshots

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The Mozambique Channel is a portion of the Indian Ocean located between the island nation of Madagascar (right) and southeast Africa, primarily the country of Mozambique (upper left).  The channel is approximately 460 kilometers across at its narrowest point between Angoche, Mozambique, and Tambohorano, Madagascar.

The channel reaches a depth of 3,292 meters (10,800 feet) about 230 kilometers off the coast of Mozambique. A warm current flows in a southward direction in the channel, leading into the Agulhas Current off the east coast of South Africa. It is around 1000 miles (1600 kilometers) long and the width of it varies from 250-600 miles (400-950 kilometers).

Madagascar’s western coast is lined by sediments, giving it a golden frame. Mozambique’s shoreline, on the other hand, appears mostly sediment free, although its shape is significantly more jagged than that of its neighbor across the strait.

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