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Sofia and Betsiboka Rivers, Madagascar

April 30th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Madagascar - April 8th, 2009

Madagascar - April 8th, 2009

Reddish sediments spill into the Mozambique Channel from the Sofia River (top right) and Betsiboka River (center) along Madagascar’s west coast.

The Betsiboka River discharges its sediments into the Bombetoka Bay, which then connects to the Mozambique Channel.

This discharge of reddish sediments is due to erosion caused by heavy deforestation in Madagascar. Here, the presence of Tropical Cyclone 26S (Jade) near the country’s east coast, also contributed to the high flow of sediments by provoking heavy rainfall.

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