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Mouth of Senegal River by Saint Louis

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August 21st, 2009 Category: Rivers

Senegal - July 2nd, 2009

Senegal - July 2nd, 2009

The Senegal River is a 1790 km long river in West Africa that forms the border between Senegal (below) and Mauritania (above). It is formed by the confluence of the Semefé (Bakoy) and Bafing Rivers at Bafoulabé.

From Bafoulabé the river flows west and then north through the spectacular Talari Gorges near Galougo and over the Gouina Falls, then flows more gently past Kayes and through semi-arid land along the northern border of Senegal to the Atlantic.

Approaching its mouth, the Senegal passes through Biffeche and the island on which the city of Saint Louis is located, then turns south. Around Saint Louis, there are marshes – flood basins that form during the rainy season when the river overflows into the countryside, creating ponds and stretches of mangroves that attract birds like flamingos and pelicans.

By the coast and Saint Louis, the Senegal River is separated from the Atlantic Ocean by a thin strip of sand called the Langue de Barbarie. The entire strip stretches 600km from Nouadhibou in Mauritania to Saint-Louis, of which a 25km section separates the Senegal River from the Atlantic Ocean. Its vegetation mainly consists of Filao trees, propagated to prevent soil erosion in sandy and salty soils.

Senegal River, border of Senegal and Mauritania

January 11th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Senegal River, border of Senegal and Mauritania - November 26th, 2008

Senegal River, border of Senegal and Mauritania - November 26th, 2008

Creating a visible green contrast with the surrounding desert sands, the Senegal River flows through western Africa and into the Atlantic Ocean.

It is 1790 km long river and forms the border between Senegal and Mauritania.

The Senegal is separated from the Atlantic Ocean by a thin strip of sand called the Langue de Barbarie before it pours into the ocean itself.

Near its mouth is the island city of Saint Louis.

The Senegal River has a drainage basin of 483,181 km² and an estimated annual discharge of 8 million km³.

In our image, some sections of the river, particularly those farther inland, appear light tan due to sediments. Other sections, however, especially those nearest the coast, appear green, perhaps due to the build-up of algae.

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