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Smoke Over Botswana and South Africa

20.6S 25.3E

April 20th, 2012 Category: Fires, Rivers, Salt Flats

Botswana and South Africa - April 15th, 2012

Smoke can be seen near the border between South Africa and Botswana in the lower right quadrant of this image of central southern Africa. The white area visible north of the cloud of smoke is the Makgadikgadi Pan, a large salt pan in northern Botswana, and the largest salt flat complex in the world. These salt pans cover approximately 16,000 km2 and form the bed of the ancient Lake Makgadikgadi that began evaporating millennia ago.

Also visible northwest of the pan is the Okavango Delta (or Okavango Swamp), in Botswana, is the world’s largest inland delta. It is formed where the Okavango River empties onto a swamp in an endorheic basin in the Kalahari Desert, where most of the water is lost to evaporation and transpiration instead of draining into the sea.

Lakes, Marshlands and Salt Flats in Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique

17S 28.0E

November 1st, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers, Salt Flats

Zimbabwe - October 21st, 2010

This image of central southern Africa, including parts of Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique, contains various lakes and other interesting geographical features. Visible by the left edge is part of the Okavango Delta, an inland delta at the end of the Okavango River in Botswana.

Just above is a triangular shaped, marshy green area situated where the Cuando River flows as a marshy channel across the neck of the Caprivi Strip, of Namibia and then forms the border between Namibia and Botswana as it continues southeast.

To its east of the delta and the marshlands is a bright white area of salt flats called the Makgadikgadi Pan, in the middle of the dry savanna of north-eastern Botswana.

Finally, two large lakes can be observed: Lake Kariba, the dark blue body of water in the upper half of the image, on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, and Lake Cahora Bassa, in Mozambique.

Geographical Features Near Zambezi and Okavango Rivers, Botswana and Zambia

17.8S 23.9E

August 30th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers, Salt Flats

Botswana and Zambia - July 17th, 2010

An interesting range of colors and geographical features can be observed in this image of central southern Africa. The branched green area left of the center is the Okavango Delta, at the end of the Okavango River.

To its east is a bright white area of salt flats called the Makgadikgadi Pan, in the middle of the dry savanna of north-eastern Botswana.

The dark blue, elongated lake on the right side is Lake Kariba, on the Zambezi River along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Also situated along the Zambezi River is the Barotse Floodplain, in Zambia, an important wetlands area. As it blends in with the surrounding landscape, this feature is best observed in the full image. There, it appears as a long, golden green area west of Lake Kariba and north of the Okavango Delta.

Channels of Okavango Delta and Colors of Makgadikgadi Pan, Botswana – August 24th, 2010

20.4S 25.5E

August 24th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers, Salt Flats

Botswana - July 17th, 2010

Botswana - July 17th, 2010

The area with branching green lines on the left side of this image is the Okavango Delta, in Botswana. It is situated at the end of the Okavango River, where the river empties its waters onto the desert floor of the Kalahari. Also visible near the right edge is Lake Kariba.

Upon opening the full image, a stream can be seen connecting the inland delta to the Makgadikgadi Pan, a large salt flat.  Although the salt flat appears bright white in the thumbnail, in the full image various colors can be observed: different shades of white and green, greenish areas where water is present, and red patches that probably indicate where salt is being extracted.

Okavango Delta, Lake Kariba and Makgadikgadi Pan in Central Southern Africa

19.5S 24.8E

August 15th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers, Salt Flats

Botswana - August 5th, 2010

Botswana - August 5th, 2010

The upper half of this image has a greenish tone, in contrast with the brown hues of the Kalahari Desert. The Okavango River empties its waters onto those desert sands towards the center of this image, creating a green inland delta known as the Okavango Delta, in Botswana.

East of the delta are two other interesting features: the Makgadikgadi Pan, a large salt flat in Botswana that appears bright white, and Lake Kariba, a dark blue on the Zambezi River that lies along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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