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Waterberg Biosphere Reserve in Limpopo Province, South Africa

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January 13th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

South Africa - November 30th, 2009

South Africa - November 30th, 2009

This orthorectified image shows Limpopo, the northernmost province of South Africa. Limpopo shares international borders with Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, and is thus the link between South Africa and countries further afield in sub-Saharan Africa.

The province contains much of the Waterberg Biosphere, a UNESCO-designated Biosphere Reserve. The Waterberg Biosphere, a massif of approximately 15,000 square kilometers, is the first region in the northern part of South Africa to be named as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.

The massif was shaped by hundreds of millions of years of riverine erosion to yield diverse bluff and butte landforms. The Waterberg ecosystem can be characterised as a dry deciduous forest or Bushveld.

Visible towards the bottom center is the Doorndrai Reservoir, created by the dam of the same name on the Sterk River. The reservoir has a capacity of 44,203 cubic meters and a surface area of 5606 square meters. The area surrounding the lake is part of the Doorndrai Dam Nature Reserve.

Subtropical Northeastern Region of South Africa

May 4th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

South Africa - April 9th, 2009

South Africa - April 9th, 2009

South Africa has a wide variation in climatic zones, from the extreme desert in the northwest to the lush subtropical climate in the east along the Mozambique border and the Indian ocean.

Here, the region north of Johannesburg, near South Africa’s border with Mozambique, can be observed. A small part of southern Botswana, including the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, is visible at the top left.

While the interior of South Africa is a vast, rather flat, and sparsely populated scrubland, the eastern coastline is lush and well-watered, producing a climate similar to the tropics.

To the north of Johannesburg, the altitude drops beyond the escarpment of the Highveld (South Africa’s interior plateau), and turns into the lower lying Bushveld, an area of mixed dry forest and an abundance of wildlife.

East of the Highveld, beyond the eastern escarpment, the Lowveld stretches towards the Indian ocean. It has particularly high temperatures, and is also the location of extended subtropical agriculture.

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