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Cuando River Flowing Across Caprivi Strip, Namibia

17.7S 23.9E

June 8th, 2011 Category: Rivers

Namibia, Angola and Botswana - May 23rd, 2011

The Cuando River (alternatively spelled Kwando), enters this image at the upper left corner. It is a river in south-central Africa, also called the Linyanti River and the Chobe River in its lower section before it flows into the Zambezi River.

As with all rivers in south-central Africa its flow varies enormously between the rainy season when it floods and may be several kilometres wide, and the dry season when it may disappear into marshes.

The Cuando rises in the central plateau of Angola on the slopes of Mount Tembo, then flows southeast along the Zambian border. Along this strech it passes through a maze of channels in a swampy corridor 5-10 km wide, as seen here.

The Cuando continues in its marshy channel across the neck of the Caprivi Strip of Namibia, visible near the image center, and then forms the border between Namibia and Botswana as it continues southeast.

The Cuando meets higher ground and breaks up into many channels and swamps (called the Linyanti Swamp) dotted with alluvial islands, nearly disappearing into the Kalahari sands like the Okavango. But instead, it diverts east and is captured by the Zambezi.

When its flow turns sharply east, still forming the border with Botswana, the Cuando changes names to the Linyanti, then again to the Chobe after flowing through the seasonal Lake Liambesi. Finally, it spills into the Zambezi just above the Kazungula Ferry.

Floodplains of and Near the Zambezi River, Zambia – April 24th, 2011

16.1S 23.2E

April 24th, 2011 Category: Rivers, Wetlands

Zambia - April 15th, 2011

The wide green line running vertically through the center of this image of Zambia is the Barotse Floodplain, around the Zambezi River.

A second, unnamed floodplain can be observed as a horizontal line extending from the left edge to the end of the Barotse Floodplain south of Senanga, forming almost a right angle with the Barotse. This seccond broad floodplain carries overspill from high floods of the Cuando River in Angola.

A third floodplain, the Luanginga River floodplain near Kalabo, reaches diagonally southeastward from the upper left corner until it joins the Barotse Floodplain.

Okavango, Cuando and Zambezi Rivers in Angola and Zambia

16.2S 21.9E

April 4th, 2011 Category: Rivers, Wetlands

Angola and Zambia - March 31st, 2011

Several rivers can be seen flowing southeastward across Angola (left) and Zambia (right). The man ones are the Okavango (left), the Cuando (center) and the Zambezi River (right).

The thicker green area at the center right is the floodplain of the Zambezi River. Today it is about half as broad as it was before the construction of the Kariba and Cahora Bassa dams, which control the seasonal variations in the flow rate of the river.

Etosha Pan, Namibia, and Angolan Landscape

14S 17.6E

August 19th, 2010 Category: Salt Flats

Namibia - August 4th, 2010

The white area in the lower part of this image is the Etosha pan, a large endorheic salt pan, forming part of the Namib Desert in the north of Namibia. The 120-kilometre-long (75-mile-long) pan is mostly dry but after a heavy rain it will acquire a thin layer of water, which is heavily salted by the mineral deposits on the surface. Most of the year, the surface is dry mud coated with salt.

The area around the pan is dense mopane woodland. Moving northward into Angola, another green area can be seen – the Angolan Central Plateau, which the Cuando River crosses.

Marshlands in the Caprivi Strip at Africa’s Four Corners

17.6S 24.7E

June 27th, 2010 Category: Rivers

Africa's "Four Corners" - April 16th, 2010

Africa's "Four Corners" - April 16th, 2010

The bright green area near the center of this image is a marshy zone situated at the far end of the Caprivi Strip, at Africa’s “Four Corners”. This area is so named because it is found at the meeting of the borders of Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

The marshlands are created by the Cuando River (alternatively spelled Kwando), where it flows as a marshy channel across the neck of the Caprivi Strip of Namibia and then forms the border between Namibia and Botswana as it continues southeast.