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São Vicente Between São Antão and Santa Luzia, Cape Verde Islands

16.8N 24.9W

June 3rd, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Cape Verde - June 2nd, 2010

Cape Verde - June 2nd, 2010

This orthorectified image shows three of the Cape Verde Islands. In the center is São Vicente (Portuguese for “Saint Vincent”), also Son Visent or Son Sent in Cape Verdean Creole, is one of the Barlavento islands of Cape Verde. It is located between the islands of Santo Antão and Santa Luzia, with the Canal de São Vicente separating it from Santo Antão.

The island is roughly rectangular in shape with a surface area of ca. 227 km2 (88 sq mi). From east to west it measures 24 km (15 mi) and from north to south no more than 16 km (9.9 mi). The terrain includes mountains in the west, the southwest, the south, the east-central and the north.

Santo Antão and São Vicente, Cape Verde

17.0N 25.1W

July 26th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Cape Verde - July 1st, 2009

Cape Verde - July 1st, 2009

Santo Antão (above) is the westernmost and largest of the Barlavento islands of Cape Verde. The nearest main island is São Vicente to the southeast, separated by a channel named Canal de São Vicente. The lines in the water in and near this channel indicate that the current is moving westward, around the islands.

The island is entirely made up of volcanic material. The island is divided into north and south by a mountain range, whose peaks can be seen clearly in this orthorectified image. The tallest mountain is Topo de Coroa, reaching a height of 1,979 m. The second tallest is Pico da Cruz at 1,585 m.

São Vicente (below), also belonging to the Barlavento islands group of Cape Verde, is roughly rectangular in shape with a surface area of about 227 km2 (88 sq mi). From east to west it measures 24 km (15 mi) and from north to south no more than 16 km (9.9 mi).

Although volcanic in origin, the island is quite flat. Its highest point is Monte Verde, located in the northeast-central part with an altitude of 725 metres (2,380 ft).  Other mountaintops include Monte Cara and Topona. Although a great amount of erosion has taken place, some craters still remain — in particular near the bay of Mindelo.

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