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Sun Glint Highlighting Casamance, Farim and Geba Rivers, West Africa – April 5th, 2012

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April 5th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Guinea Bissau - April 2nd, 2012

Sun glint highlights rivers entering the Atlantic Ocean along the coast of West Africa, from Senegal to Guinea Bissau. Visible crossing the upper portion of the image is the Casamance River, in the southern portion of Senegal between The Gambia and Guinea-Bissau. It flows westward along a path about 200 miles (320 km) in length.

Visible towards the middle of the image is the Farim River, in Guinea Bissau, also known as the Cacheu along its lower length. Its total length is about 257 km. It runs west and broadens into an estuary, which appears silvery here due to the sun glint.

Visible at the bottom of the image is the wide estuary of the Geba River, with a total width of about 10 miles (16 km). The Geba rises in Guinea, passes through Senegal, and reaches the Atlantic Ocean in Guinea-Bissau. It is about 340 miles (550 km) in total length.

Coastline of Senegal, the Gambia and Guinea-Bissau

November 28th, 2008 Category: Rivers

Coastline of Senegal, the Gambia and Guinea-Bissau - November 26th, 2008

Coastline of Senegal, the Gambia and Guinea-Bissau - November 26th, 2008

This full resolution image give us a fine view of the West African coast, from Dakar, Senegal (top left) to Cacine, Guinea-Bissau (bottom right), passing through The Gambia in the center. Moving southward, the terrain changes from arid desert to forest.

It also allows us to see many rivers flowing out into the Atlantic Ocean. The river located at the point where the terrain changes from tan to green is the Gambia River, 1,130 km (700 mi) long, reaching the Atlantic Ocean near the city of Banjul.

Further south, in Senegal, is the Casamance River, 320km (200mi) in length. Moving down into Guinea-Bissau, we have the Cacheu River (Farim River), 257 km long.

Continuing south through Guinea Bissau, the most visible river is the Geba, appearing tan due to sediments. As it flows past the capital city of Bissau and through the Bissagos Archipelago, we can see the sediments filter out into the Atlantic Ocean.

The Bissagos Archipelago, also known as the Bissagos Islands or the Arquipélago dos Bijagós, is a group of 18 major islands and dozens of smaller ones that constitute a UNESCO biosphere reserve.

South of the Geba River is the Corubal River, one of the Geba’s tributaries.

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