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Headlands and Rivers Along South Africa’s Coastline

33.5S 26.8E

February 15th, 2011 Category: Rivers

South Africa - January 16th, 2011

This image focuses on the southeastern coast of South Africa. Visible near the lower left edge is Cape St. Francis, situated on a headland in the Eastern Cape Province.

Moving eastward, the next large headland is Cape Recife, on which Port Elizabeth, one of the largest cities in South Africa, is located. The city stretches for 16 km along Algoa Bay, and is one of the major seaports in South Africa. Algoa Bay is a wide inlet bounded to the west by Cape Recife and to the east by Cape Padrone.

In the full image, various rivers can be seen flowing to the coast. The first three, starting from Cape Padrone and moving northeast, are Bushman’s River, Kowie River (by the city of Port Alfred) and the Great Fish River.

South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province Along Indian Ocean – April 10th, 2010

33.9S 25.5E

April 10th, 2010 Category: Image of the day

South Africa - March 5th, 2010

South Africa - March 5th, 2010

The shoreline here belongs to South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province, with the city of Port Elizabeth located on the land protuding outward between two bays. The coast, along the Indian Ocean, is generally rugged with interspersed beaches.

The province becomes progressively wetter from west to east. The west is mostly semi-arid Karoo, except in the far south, which is temperate rainforest in the Tsitsikamma region.

Most of the province is hilly to very mountainous between Graaff-Reinet and Rhodes including the Sneeuberge (Snow Mountains), Stormberge, Winterberge and Drakensberg (Dragon Mountains). The highest point in the province is Ben Macdhui at 3001m.

The east from East London towards the Kwa-Zulu Natal border is lush grassland with intermittent forest. This region, Transkei, is rolling hills punctuated by deep gorges.

Eastern Cape, South Africa – September 12th, 2008

September 12th, 2008 Category: Image of the day

September 11th, 2008 - Eastern Cape - South AfricaEastern Cape

September 11th, 2008 - Eastern Cape - South Africa

The Eastern Cape is a province of South Africa. Its capital is Bhisho. It was formed in 1994 out of the “independent” homelands of Transkei and Ciskei, as well as the eastern portion of the Cape Province. Landing place and home of the 1820 settlers. It is partly the traditional home of the Xhosa, and the birthplace of many prominent South Africans, such as Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Steve Biko and Charles Coghlan.

The Eastern Cape gets progressively wetter from west to east. The west is mostly semi-arid Karoo, except in the far south, which is temperate rainforest in the Tsitsikamma region. The coast is generally rugged with interspersed beaches. Most of the province is hilly to very mountainous between Graaff-Reinet and Rhodes including the Sneeuberge (Afrikaans: Snow Mountains), Stormberge, Winterberge and Drakensberg (Afrikaans: Dragon Mountains). The highest point in the province is Ben Macdhui at 3001m. The east from East London towards the Kwa-Zulu Natal border is lush grassland with intermittent forest. This region, Transkei, is rolling hills punctuated by deep gorges.

Climate is highly varied. The west is dry with scarse rain during winter of summer, with frosty winters and hot summers. The Tsitsikamma to Grahamstown receives more precipitation, which is also relatively evenly distributed and temperatures are mild. Further east, rainfall becomes more plentiful and humidity increases, becoming more subtropical along the coast with summer rainfall. The interior can become very cold in winter, with heavy snowfalls occurring at times in the mountainous regions between Molteno and Rhodes.

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