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Fires Burning Across Angola

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June 20th, 2013 Category: Fires VIIRSSuomi-NPP

Angola – June 19th, 2013

Many fires can be seen burning across Angola, mostly in areas of grass or cropland. The location, widespread nature, and number of fires suggest that these fires were deliberately set to manage land – a strategy often used by farmers to return nutrients to the soil and clear the ground of undesired plants. Although this type of field clearing is the easiest and most cost effective for the farmer, helping enhance crops and grasses for pasture, the fires also have negative effects: smoke that degrades air quality.


Etosha Pan, Namibia, and Fires in Angola

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June 6th, 2013 Category: Salt Flats VIIRSSuomi-NPP

Namibia – June 4th, 2013

Visible in the lower part of this image, in northern Namibia, is the Etosha Pan. Once a lake, the pan gradually dried up through evaporation 2 to 10 million years ago when climatic changes and topographic movements caused the Kunene river to change its course, and to flow into the Atlantic Ocean. Now, the Etosha Pan is a stark, seemingly endless depression of pale greenish-white clay, silt and mineral salts, all baking under the fierce sun. Visible to the north, in Angola, are what appear to be two plumes of smoke from fires.

In living history, the Etosha Pan has never been filled with water, although in years of good rainfall, several tributaries of the Kunene river, such as the Oshigambo and the Ekuma in northwest and the Omuramba Ovambo in the east, drain into it, causing partial flooding and attracting thousands of flamingoes and other wading birds. The water, though, can be as much as two times saltier than sea water is, and therefore generally unfit for animal consumption.

Cluster of Wildfires in Angola

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April 29th, 2013 Category: Fires, Salt Flats

Namibia and Angola – April 29th, 2013

A cluster of wildfires can be seen just north of the border between Angola (above) and Namibia (below). While other fires can be seen scattered about the region, indicated by red and yellow markers here, the cluster of fires near the border is releasing a thick cloud of smoke easily observed in the image thumbnail. Also of note, by the bottom edge, are the white salt flats of the Etosha Pan.

Lakes, Rivers and Wetlands in Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia

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April 27th, 2013 Category: Lakes, Rivers, Wetlands

Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia – April 27th, 2013

Multiple lakes and wetland areas can be observed in this image that focuses on Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia (counter-clockwise from lower left quadrant). Visible near the center left is the Okavango Delta, an inland delta in Botswana, with the salt flats of the Makgadikgadi Pan to the southeast. In the upper left quadrant is the Barotse Floodplain, in Zambia, while in the upper right quadrant is Lake Kariba, on the Zimbabwe-Zambia border.

The area in the center of the image is the Caprivi Strip, a narrow protrusion of Namibia eastwards from the Okavango Region about 450 km (280 mi), between Botswana to the south, and Angola and Zambia to the north. Caprivi is bordered by the Okavango, Kwando, Chobe and Zambezi rivers. 

Thick Veil of Smoke Over Zambia and DRC

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September 13th, 2012 Category: Fires

Angola and Zambia – August 31st, 2012

A dense veil of smoke from fires in central-southern Africa obscures most of the ground below, in the border area by Angola, Zambia and the southern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Upon closer inspection, multiple individual plumes of smoke blowing towards the west can be discerned through the cloud.