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Northwestern Namibia, from the Kaokoveld Desert to the Savanna Woodlands

April 21st, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Northwestern Namibia - April 13th, 2009

Northwestern Namibia - April 13th, 2009

Northwestern Namibia, near the border with Angola, includes an area known as the Kaokoveld Desert, a small part of which is visible here in the lower left quadrant.

The Kaokoveld Desert occupies a coastal strip covering 45,700 square kilometers (17,600 square miles), and is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, the Namibian savanna woodlands to the east, and the Namib Desert to the south. It also includes the Mossamedes Desert of southern Angola.

This region receives most of its rainfall during the summer, which distinguishes it from the adjacent Namib Desert immediately to the south, which receives most of its rain during the winter.

The change in terrain from desert to savanna woodlands is evident from the gradual color progression from tan to brown to green, moving away from the coast.

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