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Fires Create Thick Cloud of Smoke Over Angola, DRC and Zambia

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August 25th, 2012 Category: Fires, Rivers, Salt Flats

Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia – August 20th, 2012

A thick cloud of smoke hovers over the border area of Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Zambia in the upper right quadrant of this image, obscuring most of the land below. Visible near the bottom edge, however, far from the fires, are the Etosha Pan (left), in northern Namibia, and the Okavango Inland Delta (right), in northern Botswana.

Plumes of Smoke in Angola, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia

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August 20th, 2012 Category: Fires

Angola, Botswana and Namibia – August 18th, 2012

Plumes of smoke from many fires in the border area by Angola, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia can be seen, carried in various directions by shifting winds. The largest plume is located in Namibia, between the Etosha Pan (the white salt flats near the left edge) and the Okavango Delta (the inland delta that appears as a branched green pattern to the east of the former). The smoke from this fire fans out over a larger area than the other plumes.

Smoke Spreading from Zambia into Angola and Botswana – July 29th, 2012

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June 29th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day, Rivers, Salt Flats

Angola and Zambia – June 26th, 2012

Smoke spreads from Zambia (upper right) into Angola (upper left) and Botwana (lower right). Namibia (lower left), remains unaffected. Although the thumbnail image shows a cloud of smoke, upon opening the full image multiple blazes can be pinpointed in Zambia and near the Caprivi Strip, or “Four Corners” region where Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia near form a quadruple frontier. Also of note in the image is the Okavango Delta (lower right quadrant) and the salty white surfaces of the Etosha (left) and Makgadikgadi (right) Pans.

Lakes, Rivers, Deltas and Floodplains Around Caprivi Strip, Africa – May 8th, 2012

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May 8th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers, Salt Flats

Botswana - April 28th, 2012

Many bodies of water, different in size and hydrology, can be observed in this image of Angola (upper left), Zambia (upper right), Botswana (lower left) and Zimbabwe (lower right).

Visible by the right edge is the dark blue Lake Kariba, located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is the world’s largest artificial reservoir by volume. Southwest of the lake is the Makgadikgadi Pan, in Botswana, the world’s largest salt flat complex.

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

To the west is the Okavango Delta, formed where the Okavango River empties onto the Kalahari Desert. To the north is the Barotse Floodplain, which begins by the Zambezi River’s confluence with the Kabompo and Lungwebungu Rivers in the north. The region is a flat plateau at an elevation of about 1000 m tilting very slightly to the south.

Makgadikgadi Pan and Okavango Delta in Northern Botswana – May 3rd, 2012

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May 3rd, 2012 Category: Lakes, Rivers, Salt Flats

Botswana - April 15th, 2012

The large white area near the center of this image is the salty surface of the Makgadikgadi Pan. Located in northern Botswana, it is the largest salt flat complex in the world, covering approximately 16,000 km2.

Visible to the northwest of the pan is the Okavango Delta, also in Botswana. It is the world’s largest inland delta, formed where the Okavango River empties onto the terrain of the Kalahari Desert.

Visible to the northeast of the pan is Lake Kariba, the world’s largest human-made reservoir by volume, with a storage capacity of 185 cubic kilometers (44.4 cu mi) and covering an area of 5,580 square kilometers (2,150 sq mi) and . It is located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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