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Vegetation Index of Land Around Barotse Floodplain and Okavango Delta, Central Southern Africa

20.6S 25.6E

March 14th, 2011 Category: Vegetation Index

Angola, Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe - February 18th, 2011

The full version of this FAPAR image stretches across parts of Angola (upper left), Zambia (upper right), Botswana (lower left) and Zimbabwe (lower right). The land shows a generally good vegetation index, indicated by the mostly green false-color of the image.

However, several areas of high activity (rusty red) and low photosynthetic activity (yellow) can be seen across the image as well. The less active areas can be noted southeast of the Okavango Delta (bottom center of thumbnail) as one moves towards the Makgadikgadi Pans, and to the west of the Barotse Floodplain (above center).

Geographical Features Near Zambezi and Okavango Rivers, Botswana and Zambia

17.8S 23.9E

August 30th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers, Salt Flats

Botswana and Zambia - July 17th, 2010

An interesting range of colors and geographical features can be observed in this image of central southern Africa. The branched green area left of the center is the Okavango Delta, at the end of the Okavango River.

To its east is a bright white area of salt flats called the Makgadikgadi Pan, in the middle of the dry savanna of north-eastern Botswana.

The dark blue, elongated lake on the right side is Lake Kariba, on the Zambezi River along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Also situated along the Zambezi River is the Barotse Floodplain, in Zambia, an important wetlands area. As it blends in with the surrounding landscape, this feature is best observed in the full image. There, it appears as a long, golden green area west of Lake Kariba and north of the Okavango Delta.

Etosha Pan, Okavango Delta and Barotse Floodplain, Southern Africa

17.8S 20.9E

July 2nd, 2010 Category: Rivers, Salt Flats

Southern Africa - June 2nd, 2010

Southern Africa - June 2nd, 2010

Parts of the countries of Angola (upper left quadrant), Zambia (upper right quadrant), Botswana (lower right quadrant), Namibia (lower left quadrant) can all be observed here.

The large, whitish area in the lower left corner in the Etosha Pan. It is a large endorheic salt pan, forming part of the Namib Desert in the north of Namibia. The 120-kilometre-long (75-mile-long) lakebed some gets covered with a thin layer of water after heavy rains, but usually remains dry.

The dark green area to the lower right is the Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland delta. It forms where the waters of the Okavango River spill onto the sands of the Kalahari desert in northern Botswana.

Visible as an elogated, golden green area north of the delta is the Barotse Floodplain. One of Africa’s great wetlands, it is found on the Zambezi River in the Western Province of Zambia. It is a designated Ramsar site, regarded as being of high conservation value.

Bodies of Water and Wetlands of South-Central Africa

19S 23.0E

September 17th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia - June 21st, 2009

Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia - June 21st, 2009

Numerous important bodies of water and wetlands areas are visible in this fine, cloud-free image of Botswana, Angola, Zimbabwe, Zambia and the Caprivi Strip zone of Namibia.

In Botswana, which occupies the lower portion of the image, the Okavango River and Delta can be seen on the left, and the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans to the right.

Above the Okavango Delta is the Cuando River, which leads to a place known as Africa’s “Four Corners”, as Namibia, Botswana, Angola and Zambia share a quadruple frontier near the triangular swampy area visible northeast of the delta.

The upper portion of the image contains the Zambezi River and Barotse Floodplain in Zambia in the top left quadrant and Lake Kariba, on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, in the top right quadrant.

The Barotse Floodplain After the Rainy Season – July 7th, 2009

15.2S 23.0E

July 7th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Zambia - June 21st, 2009

Zambia - June 21st, 2009

The Zambezi River sweeps through the left side of this image of western Zambia, its banks surrounded by bright green vegetation. The area immediately around the river and throughout most of the image is an extensive wetlands area, known as the Barotse Floodplain.

This image, taken about a month after the end of the rainy season, appears less vegetated and green than the last time the area was observed, one month before the end of the rainy season (click here for previous article).

These wetlands, also known as the Bulozi Plain, Lyondo or the Zambezi Floodplain, are on a plateau at an elevation of about 1000 m. The plateau is mostly flat, but tilts very slightly to the south.

The Zambezi and its headwaters rise on the higher ground to the north, which enjoys good rainfall (1400 mm annually) in a rainy season from October to May. A flood moves down the river reaching a flat region, formed from Kalahari sands, about five hundred kilometres across.

To the south around the Ngonye Falls harder rock is found at the surface and has resisted the river’s tendency to cut a channel down into it, and so acts a bit like a dam. Behind it, the floodplain has formed.

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