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Okavango Delta and Makgadikgadi Salt Pan, Botswana

20.8S 25.3E

July 25th, 2010 Category: Rivers, Salt Flats

Botswana - April 17th, 2010

Botswana - April 17th, 2010

The Okavango Delta, an inland delta that forms where the Okavango River spills onto the Kalahari Desert sands in Botswana, can be seen in the upper left corner.

Lying southeast of the Okavango Delta and surrounded by the Kalahari desert is the Makgadikgadi Pan, a large salt pan in the middle of the dry savanna of north-eastern Botswana. It is one of the largest salt flats in the world.

Makgadikgadi is technically not a single pan but many pans with sandy desert in between, the largest being the Sua (Sowa), Ntwetwe and Nxai Pans. The largest individual pan is about 1,900 sq mi (4,921.0 km2).

By way of comparison, Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia is a single salt flat of 4,100 sq mi (10,619.0 km2), rarely has much water, and is generally claimed to be the world’s largest salt pan.

Clouds Around the Okavango Swamp, Botswana

19.2S 22.7E

June 7th, 2010 Category: Rivers

Botswana - April 16th, 2010

Botswana - April 16th, 2010

The Okavango River runs southeastward for 1,000 miles (1,600 km) from central Angola to the Kalahari (desert) in northern Botswana. Here, the river spills its waters onto the Kalahari, creating a huge inland delta called the Okavango Swamp.

The marshes of the Okavango Swamp, east of the Kalahari desert in Botswana are perhaps the best example of marshes formed in an interior, closed basin that has no drainage. Other basins without outlets like that of the Great Salt Lake in Utah have accumulated too much salt for marsh growth.

Okavango River and Delta in Angola and Botswana – June 1st, 2010

19.2S 22.7E

June 1st, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Angola and Botswana - April 28th, 2010

Angola and Botswana - April 28th, 2010

The fan-shaped dark green area in the lower right quadrant is the Okavango Delta in Botswana. The Okavango River—formerly sometimes called the Okovango—takes its name from the Okavango (Kavango) people of northern Namibia.

The Okavango River is the fourth longest river system in southern Africa, running basically southeastward for 1,000 miles (1,600 km) from central Angola, where it is known as the Kubango, to the Kalahari Desert in northern Botswana, where the river terminates in an immense inland delta known as the Okavango Swamp.

Kalahari Desert North of the Orange River, South Africa

28.4S 21.2E

April 29th, 2010 Category: Rivers

South Africa - March 5th, 2010

South Africa - March 5th, 2010

The Orange River appears as a green line curving its way through the middle section of this image of South Africa. Here it can be observed flowing westwards through the arid wilderness of the southern Kalahari region and Namaqualand in the Northern Cape Province.

To the North of the river is the Kalahari Desert, a large arid to semi-arid sandy area extending 900,000 square kilometres (350,000 sq mi), covering much of Botswana and parts of Namibia and South Africa, as semi-desert, with huge tracts of excellent grazing after good rains.

Namib and Kalahari Deserts North of the Orange River, Southern Africa

28.8S 22.1E

April 13th, 2010 Category: Rivers

South Africa and Namibia - March 5th, 2010

South Africa and Namibia - March 5th, 2010

The landscape of southern Africa includes orange, green and brown tones from geographical features including the Namib Desert (upper left quadrant) and the Kalahari Desert (east and northeast of the former). South of these two extremely arid zones is the Orange River, surrounded by a green valley best observed in the full image.

The image stretches from Namibia (upper left quadrant) to Botswana (upper right quadrant) and through South Africa (below). The area of Botswana that can be seen belongs to the district of Kgalagadi in the southwest of the country, lying along the border with Namibia and South Africa. Kgalagadi covers a vast area of the Kalahari Desert.

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