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Mountains of Cape Fold Belt in South Africa’s Western Cape Region

33.9S 18.4E

May 16th, 2012 Category: Mountains, Rivers

South Africa - May 15th, 2012

Visible near the bottom of this image is the Western Cape region of South Africa, an area with great topographical diversity. Most of the province falls within the Cape Fold Belt, a range of sandstone folded mountains. 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. Located by the coast in the lower left quadrant are Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope.

Moving northwards, visible crossing the upper part of the image is the Orange River, appearing as a thick green line, despite what its name might suggest. Some sediments can be seen entering the Atlantic Ocean by the river’s mouth. The river forms part of the international borders between South Africa and Namibia and between South Africa and Lesotho, as well as several provincial borders within South Africa. Visible near the coast in Namibia, north of the river, is the southern part of the Namib Desert.

Orange River and Cape of Good Hope, South Africa

34.3S 18.4E

March 9th, 2012 Category: Rivers

Namibia - March 5th, 2012

The Orange River can be seen crossing the upper part of this image of South Africa, more or less parallel to the top edge. Despite its name, the river is most visible in the upper right quadrant as a thick green line.

The river forms part of the international borders between South Africa and Namibia and between South Africa and Lesotho, as well as several provincial borders within South Africa. It rises in the Drakensberg mountains in Lesotho, flowing westwards through South Africa to the Atlantic Ocean. In the full image, a small amount of sediments can be seen entering the Atlantic by the rivermouth. 

Visible in the lower part of the image are Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope, in the Western Cape region of South Africa.  The Western Cape is exceptionally topographically diverse. Most of the province falls within the Cape Fold Belt, a range of sandstone folded mountains. 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.

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.

South Africa and the Cape of Good Hope

April 11th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

South Africa - April 9th, 2009

South Africa - April 9th, 2009

Some clouds flank the southern coastline of South Africa, including the infamous Cape of Good Hope. This region is particularly known for its wind, which blows intermittently almost all year. The severity of this wind made passing around the Cape particularly treacherous for sailors, causing many shipwrecks.

The extreme southwest of the country has a climate remarkably similar to that of the Mediterranean with wet winters and hot, dry summers, hosting the famous Fynbos Biome.

Further east on the south coast, rainfall is distributed more evenly throughout the year, producing a green landscape.

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