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Cunene River Crossing Namib Desert Between Angola and Namibia – May 3rd, 2011

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May 3rd, 2011 Category: Deserts, Image of the day, Rivers

Namibia and Angola - April 15th, 2011

The Namib Desert is a desert in Namibia and southwest Angola. This image focuses on the northern part of the desert, stretching across the border between those two countries.

The border is marked by the Cunene River (Angolan spelling) or Kunene River (Namibian spelling), which flows from the Angola highlands south to the border with Namibia and then west along the border until it reaches the Atlantic Ocean. Some greenish sediments can be seen entering the ocean near its mouth.

Moving up the coast from the rivermouth, one comes to Baia dos Tigres, the largest island of Angola (despite its name, which means “Bay of Tigres”). Its area is 98 kmĀ².

Iona National Park, Angola

April 20th, 2009 Category: Rivers, Snapshots

Angola - April 13th, 2009

Angola - April 13th, 2009

Iona National Park (Parque Nacional do Iona in Portuguese) is a National park in Namibe Province of Angola. It is about 200 km from the city of Namibe (top left) and, at 5850 sq. miles, the largest in the country.

Before the Angolan Civil War, Iona was an “animal paradise, rich in big game”. However, as is true for most Angolan national parks, illegal poaching and the destruction of infrastructure have caused considerable damage to the once rich park.

The park is also known for unique flora and incredible rock formations. Many rippled rows of sand dunes can also be seen near the coast.

The Cunene River (lower left quadrant, also spelled Kunene) marks the southern border of the park, as well as the border between Angola and Namibia. It is one of the few perennial rivers in the region. Here, it is spilling some greenish sediments into the Atlantic Ocean, which are flowing northward up the coast.