Sediments off Coast of Madagascar’s Melaky Region
This image focuses on the Melaky region, in the Mahajanga Province of western Madagascar. It borders Boeny Region in the northeast, Betsiboka in the east, Bongolava in the southeast and Menabe in the south.
The capital of the region is Maintirano. The population was estimated to be 175,500 in 2004 within the area of 38,852 km2 (15,001 sq mi). Melaky has the smallest population and the smallest population density of all Malagasy regions.
Here, the region’s coastline is flanked by reddish sediments being discharged from many rivers into the Mozambique Channel. This high outflow of sediments was provoked by heavy rains from Tropical Cyclone 26s (Jade), which was located near the eastern coast of Madagascar at the time this image was captured.