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Bodies of Water and Wetlands of South-Central Africa

19S 23.0E

September 17th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia - June 21st, 2009

Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia - June 21st, 2009

Numerous important bodies of water and wetlands areas are visible in this fine, cloud-free image of Botswana, Angola, Zimbabwe, Zambia and the Caprivi Strip zone of Namibia.

In Botswana, which occupies the lower portion of the image, the Okavango River and Delta can be seen on the left, and the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans to the right.

Above the Okavango Delta is the Cuando River, which leads to a place known as Africa’s “Four Corners”, as Namibia, Botswana, Angola and Zambia share a quadruple frontier near the triangular swampy area visible northeast of the delta.

The upper portion of the image contains the Zambezi River and Barotse Floodplain in Zambia in the top left quadrant and Lake Kariba, on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, in the top right quadrant.

The Caprivi Strip and Africa’s “Four Corners”

17.5S 23.7E

June 29th, 2009 Category: Rivers, Snapshots

Africa's "Four Corners" - June 21st, 2009

Africa's "Four Corners" - June 21st, 2009

The Caprivi Strip cuts horizontally in from the left and across the central band of this image,  ending to the right of the center. It is bordered by the Okavango, Cuando, Chobe and Zambezi rivers. The area is rich in wildlife and has mineral resources.

The strip is a narrow protrusion of Namibia eastwards about 450 km (280 miles), between Botswana on the south, Angola and Zambia to the north, and Okavango Region to the west.

As such, the area has been nicknamed Africa’s “Four Corners”. The site of this quadruple frontier is by the swamp located slightly northeast of the center.

Africa, from Floodplain Wetlands to Dry Salt Flats

20.4S 22.7E

May 30th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Angola, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia - May 13th, 2009

Angola, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia - May 13th, 2009

The wet, interior highland of Angola (upper left quadrant) gradually changes into dry savanna in the interior south and southeast of the country (center left). In the south-east, the rivers belong either to the Zambezi system, or, like the Okavango, drain to Lake Ngami.

Lake Ngami can be observed at the bottom right, just below the Okavango Delta in Botswana.

Visible here as a thick green line north of the Okavango Delta is the Cuando River (alternatively spelled Kwando). This dark green band also marks the border between Angola and Zambia.

The Cuando, which flows into the Zambezi River,  has a wide floodplain.  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.

Another river, recognizable as a lighter green line, is visible north of the Cuando. This is the Zambezi River, and the wide green band is an area of wetlands in its Barotse Floodplain, at the end of the rainy season.

Moving southwest to a drier region in the bottom left corner of the image, the Etosha Pan stands out as a white and green area. It is a large endorheic salt pan, forming part of the Kalahari Basin in the north of Namibia. The 120-kilometre-long (75-mile-long) dry lakebed and its surroundings are protected as Etosha National Park, one of Namibia’s largest wildlife parks.

Bodies of Water and Salt Flats in Southern Africa

April 13th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Africa's "Four Corners" - April 5th, 2009

Africa's "Four Corners" - April 5th, 2009

The countries of Botswana, Namibia, Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe, can be observed moving counter-clockwise from the lower left. All but Angola have a common border near the center, in a swampy area known as Africa’s “Four Corners”.

Several bodies of waters can be noted, including the Okavango Delta in Botswana (lower left quadrant), the Cuando River in Zambia (upper right quadrant), and a swamp located where the “Four Corners” touch (right of center).

The Makgadikgadi Pan can be found in the lower right quadrant. It is a large salt pan in northern Botswana, the largest salt flat complex in the world, covering 16,000 km2 (6,177.6 sq mi).

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