Earth Snapshot RSS Feed Twitter
 
 
 
 

Shoreline of South Africa’s Western Cape Province

January 4th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

South Africa - November 17th, 2009

South Africa - November 17th, 2009

The Western Cape Province, in southwestern South Africa, is bordered on the south by the Indian Ocean, and on the west by the Atlantic Ocean. Its total land area is 129,370 km², about 10.6% of the country’s total. The province’s capital is Cape Town and other major cities include Stellenbosch, Worcester, Paarl, and George.

The Western Cape is exceptionally topographically diverse. Most of the province falls within the Cape Fold Belt, a range of sandstone folded mountains of Permian to Carboniferous age that range in height from 1000m to 2300m. The valleys between ranges are generally very fertile and contains alluvial loamy to clay soils.

The far interior forms part of the Karoo Basin and is generally arid and hilly with a sharp escarpment in the north. Coastal areas range from sandy between capes, to rocky to steep and mountainous in places. The Western Cape is also the southernmost region of the African continent with Cape Agulhas as its southernmost point, at 3800km from the Antarctic coastline.

Leave a Reply


About Us

Earth Observation

Organisations

Archive

September 2016
M T W T F S S
« Mar    
 1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
2627282930  

Categories


Bulletin Board


Featured Posts

Information

38


Take Action

Widgets