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Okavango Delta and Makgadikgadi Salt Pan, Botswana

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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.

Bodies of Water and Wetlands of South-Central Africa

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September 17th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia - June 21st, 2009

Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia - June 21st, 2009

Numerous important bodies of water and wetlands areas are visible in this fine, cloud-free image of Botswana, Angola, Zimbabwe, Zambia and the Caprivi Strip zone of Namibia.

In Botswana, which occupies the lower portion of the image, the Okavango River and Delta can be seen on the left, and the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans to the right.

Above the Okavango Delta is the Cuando River, which leads to a place known as Africa’s “Four Corners”, as Namibia, Botswana, Angola and Zambia share a quadruple frontier near the triangular swampy area visible northeast of the delta.

The upper portion of the image contains the Zambezi River and Barotse Floodplain in Zambia in the top left quadrant and Lake Kariba, on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, in the top right quadrant.

Subtropical Northeastern Region of South Africa

May 4th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

South Africa - April 9th, 2009

South Africa - April 9th, 2009

South Africa has a wide variation in climatic zones, from the extreme desert in the northwest to the lush subtropical climate in the east along the Mozambique border and the Indian ocean.

Here, the region north of Johannesburg, near South Africa’s border with Mozambique, can be observed. A small part of southern Botswana, including the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, is visible at the top left.

While the interior of South Africa is a vast, rather flat, and sparsely populated scrubland, the eastern coastline is lush and well-watered, producing a climate similar to the tropics.

To the north of Johannesburg, the altitude drops beyond the escarpment of the Highveld (South Africa’s interior plateau), and turns into the lower lying Bushveld, an area of mixed dry forest and an abundance of wildlife.

East of the Highveld, beyond the eastern escarpment, the Lowveld stretches towards the Indian ocean. It has particularly high temperatures, and is also the location of extended subtropical agriculture.

Bodies of Water and Salt Flats in Southern Africa

April 13th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Africa's "Four Corners" - April 5th, 2009

Africa's "Four Corners" - April 5th, 2009

The countries of Botswana, Namibia, Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe, can be observed moving counter-clockwise from the lower left. All but Angola have a common border near the center, in a swampy area known as Africa’s “Four Corners”.

Several bodies of waters can be noted, including the Okavango Delta in Botswana (lower left quadrant), the Cuando River in Zambia (upper right quadrant), and a swamp located where the “Four Corners” touch (right of center).

The Makgadikgadi Pan can be found in the lower right quadrant. It is a large salt pan in northern Botswana, the largest salt flat complex in the world, covering 16,000 km2 (6,177.6 sq mi).