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Lake Kariba and Flooded Grasslands of Zambia – May 2nd, 2011

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May 2nd, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Wetlands

Zambia and Zimbabwe - April 15th, 2011

Lake Kariba’s irregular shoreline stands out thanks to its dark waters in contrast with the green of the surrounding landscape. The lake is located on the Zambezi River on the border between Zambia (above) and Zimbabwe (below).

The bright green area in the upper part of the image is part of two national parks: Blue Lagoon National Park and Lochinvar National Park, separated by the Kafue River. The northern side of the parks is in the Zambezian and Mopane woodlands ecoregion and the southern parts  are in the Zambezian flooded grasslands ecoregion.

Also visible near the top edge in the upper right quadrant is Lusaka, the capital and largest city of Zambia, appearing here as a tan circular area. It is located in the southern part of the central plateau, at an elevation of about 1,300 metres (4,265 feet).


Lake Kariba and Lochinvar National Park, Zambia

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June 21st, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Zambia - April 16th, 2010

Zambia - April 16th, 2010

Lake Kariba is a lake in central Africa, between Zambia (above) and Zimbabwe (below). Here, its deeply indented and irregular shoreline is accentuated by the contrast between its navy blue waters and the surrounding green terrain of Zambia and Zimbabwe.

It was formed by damming the Zambezi River in the Kariba Gorge, where the river narrows between hills of hard rock 250 miles (400 km) below Victoria Falls. The lake, covering about 2,000 square miles (5,200 square km), extends upstream 175 miles (280 km) to Devil’s Gorge and has a maximum width of 30 miles (48 km).

Although clouds dot the skies in this image, obscuring some of the land below, the Lochinvar National Park can be seen in a clear area northwest of Lake Kariba. The park lies south west of Lusaka in Zambia, on the south side of the Kafue River.

The national park straddles two of Zambia’s ecoregions: Zambezian and Mopane woodlands in the south, and Zambezian flooded grasslands over most of the park. Habitats in the latter ecoregion include Chunga Lagoon and the Kafue Flats (floodplain), and drier grassland between floodplain and woodland dominated by termite mounds.