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False and Walker Bays, Between Cape of Good Hope and Cape Agulhas, South Africa

34.3S 18.4E

February 8th, 2011 Category: Snapshots

South Africa - January 16th, 2011

Several bays can be observed near the Cape of Good Hope, in South Africa. The cape itself is at the tip of the long peninsula, fitting named Cape Peninsula, near the lower left corner.

There is a misconception that the Cape of Good Hope is the southern tip of Africa, because it was once believed to be the dividing point between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. In fact, the southernmost point is Cape Agulhas, about 150 kilometres (90 mi) to the east-southeast (visible at the very bottom edge of the image).

Just east of Cape Peninsula is False Bay. The bay’s eastern boundary is defined by Cape Hangklip. The next large bay along the coast to the east is Walker Bay.

From Namibia to Cape Agulhas, South Africa

34.8S 20.0E

August 23rd, 2010 Category: Rivers

South Africa - July 17th, 2010

This image stretches from Namibia to Cape Agulhas in South Africa, the southernmost point on the African continent. Also visible are Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope. Although many believe the Cape of Good Hope to be the southern tip of the continent, Cape Agulhas is, in fact, about 150 kilometres further (90 mi) to the east-southeast.

Moving northward from this green coastal area and towards Namibia, the land becomes progressively drier. The border between South Africa and Namibia is marked by the Orange River, visible as a dark line in the middle of the full image. Some sediments can be seen spilling from the rivermouth into the ocean.

Shoreline of South Africa’s Western Cape Province

January 4th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

South Africa - November 17th, 2009

South Africa - November 17th, 2009

The Western Cape Province, in southwestern South Africa, is bordered on the south by the Indian Ocean, and on the west by the Atlantic Ocean. Its total land area is 129,370 km², about 10.6% of the country’s total. The province’s capital is Cape Town and other major cities include Stellenbosch, Worcester, Paarl, and George.

The Western Cape is exceptionally topographically diverse. Most of the province falls within the Cape Fold Belt, a range of sandstone folded mountains of Permian to Carboniferous age that range in height from 1000m to 2300m. The valleys between ranges are generally very fertile and contains alluvial loamy to clay soils.

The far interior forms part of the Karoo Basin and is generally arid and hilly with a sharp escarpment in the north. Coastal areas range from sandy between capes, to rocky to steep and mountainous in places. The Western Cape is also the southernmost region of the African continent with Cape Agulhas as its southernmost point, at 3800km from the Antarctic coastline.