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Inner Niger Delta South of Sahara Desert, Mali

14.6N 5W

November 5th, 2012 Category: Deserts, Rivers

Mali – November 4th, 2012

The bright green area spreading across the otherwise arid, yellow and tan landscape, is the Inner Niger Delta, also known as the Macina. It is a large area of lakes and floodplains in the semi-arid Sahel area of central Mali, just south of the Sahara desert. The delta consists of the middle course of the Niger River, between the bifurcated Niger and its tributary, the Bani, which from here run north towards the desert. Due to its proximity to the widening Sahel, there have been concerns that the Macina may be getting less rain every year.

Wetlands of the Niger Inland Delta, Mali – November 14th, 2010

14.6N 4.4W

November 14th, 2010 Category: Rivers

Mali - October 19th, 2010

The Niger Inland Delta (also known as the Inner Niger and Macina Inland Delta) is a green area of wetlands in central Mali. The delta consists of the middle course of the Niger River (the longest river in West Africa), between the bifurcated Niger and its tributary, the Bani, which from here run north towards the desert.

Most of the year the area has a hot and dry climate, with hot winds from the nearby Sahara raising the temperature up to 40° C. During the wet season, which lasts from July to September but lasts longer the further south one goes, the swamp floods into a lake and naturally irrigates the land.

When the dry season comes, the Niger Inland Delta turns into a network of lakes and channels. Due to its proximity to the widening Sahel, there have been concerns that the delta may be getting less rain every year.

Niger Inland Delta South of the Sahara Desert, Mali

14.6N 4.5W

January 27th, 2010 Category: Rivers

Mali - January 6th, 2010

Mali - January 6th, 2010

The Niger Inland Delta (also known as the Inner Niger and Macina Inland Delta) is a large area of lakes and floodplains in the Sahel area of central Mali, just south of the Sahara desert, forming a green oasis in its semi-arid surroundings. The delta consists of the middle course of the Niger River, between the bifurcated Niger and its tributary, the Bani, which from here run north towards the desert.

As the Niger Inland Delta lies in the Sahelian zone, it has an ecosystem that is largely dependent on the amount of flooding it receives. Due to its proximity to the widening Sahel, there have been concerns that it may be getting less rain every year. This strongly affects land use in and around the inland delta, as human impact is driven by agriculture, both irrigated and rainfed, grazing and browsing of herds and flocks and the collection of wood for fuel, all dependent on the availability of water.

Niger Inland Delta During the Wet Season, Mali

October 26th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Mali - September 29th, 2009

Mali - September 29th, 2009

An expansive green area stands out in the midst of the arid tan Sahel (semi-arid tropical savanna and steppe ecoregion) in Mali. This large stretch of green is the Inland Niger Delta. The area of the delta, which is fed by floodwaters from the Niger River (top), the Bani River (bottom) and many smaller streams, changes greatly over the course of the year.

During the dry season, the delta may have a surface area of around only 3,900 square kilometers (1,500 square miles). However, during the rainy season, which starts in July and lasts four months, it can  grow to about 20,000 square kilometers (7,700 square miles). This image was taken at the end of September, three months into the wet season.

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