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Plumes of Dust Off Coast of Namib Desert, Namibia

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June 17th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms MODISTerra

Namibia – June 17th, 2013

Plumes of dust blow southwestwardward off the coast of Namibia, by both the rocky, tan northern portion and the sandy, orange southern portion of the Namib Desert. In the full image, similar wispy plumes of dust can be seen much further southward along the coast, for much of the length of the sandy desert.

Etosha Pan, Namibia, and Fires in Angola

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June 6th, 2013 Category: Salt Flats VIIRSSuomi-NPP

Namibia – June 4th, 2013

Visible in the lower part of this image, in northern Namibia, is the Etosha Pan. Once a lake, the pan gradually dried up through evaporation 2 to 10 million years ago when climatic changes and topographic movements caused the Kunene river to change its course, and to flow into the Atlantic Ocean. Now, the Etosha Pan is a stark, seemingly endless depression of pale greenish-white clay, silt and mineral salts, all baking under the fierce sun. Visible to the north, in Angola, are what appear to be two plumes of smoke from fires.

In living history, the Etosha Pan has never been filled with water, although in years of good rainfall, several tributaries of the Kunene river, such as the Oshigambo and the Ekuma in northwest and the Omuramba Ovambo in the east, drain into it, causing partial flooding and attracting thousands of flamingoes and other wading birds. The water, though, can be as much as two times saltier than sea water is, and therefore generally unfit for animal consumption.

Climate Change and the Etosha Pan, Namibia

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May 30th, 2013 Category: Climate Change, Salt Flats

Namibia – May 30th, 2013

Etosha National Park in northern Namibia, one of Africa’s major wildlife sanctuaries, is home to the critically endangered black rhinoceros. Climate change threatens biodiversity in the park and elsewhere in Africa, and a warmer, drier climate in Namibia could put tourism at risk.

Temperatures in Namibia have been rising at three times the global average rate for the twentieth century, and scientists expect the climate to continue to become hotter and drier—which could reduce the range and number of wildlife supported by Etosha. If we do nothing to reduce our heat-trapping emissions, Etosha faces a net loss of around eight species of mammals by 2050.

Cluster of Wildfires in Angola

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April 29th, 2013 Category: Fires, Salt Flats

Namibia and Angola – April 29th, 2013

A cluster of wildfires can be seen just north of the border between Angola (above) and Namibia (below). While other fires can be seen scattered about the region, indicated by red and yellow markers here, the cluster of fires near the border is releasing a thick cloud of smoke easily observed in the image thumbnail. Also of note, by the bottom edge, are the white salt flats of the Etosha Pan.

Lakes, Rivers and Wetlands in Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia

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April 27th, 2013 Category: Lakes, Rivers, Wetlands

Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia – April 27th, 2013

Multiple lakes and wetland areas can be observed in this image that focuses on Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia (counter-clockwise from lower left quadrant). Visible near the center left is the Okavango Delta, an inland delta in Botswana, with the salt flats of the Makgadikgadi Pan to the southeast. In the upper left quadrant is the Barotse Floodplain, in Zambia, while in the upper right quadrant is Lake Kariba, on the Zimbabwe-Zambia border.

The area in the center of the image is the Caprivi Strip, a narrow protrusion of Namibia eastwards from the Okavango Region about 450 km (280 mi), between Botswana to the south, and Angola and Zambia to the north. Caprivi is bordered by the Okavango, Kwando, Chobe and Zambezi rivers. 

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