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Lakes Malawi and Malombe, Malawi – December 16th, 2010

December 16th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Malawi - December 10th, 2010

This orthorectified image shows the southern end of Lake Malawi (also known as Lake Nyasa). Although the section visible here is situated entirely in Malawi, the lake is shared by the countries of Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania.

Lake Malawi National Park is a national park located in Malawi at the southern end of Lake Malawi. It is the only national park in Malawi that was created to protect fish and aquatic habitats. Despite this, Lake Malawi National Park does include a fair amount of land, including several small islands in Lake Malawi. It was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.

Upon opening the full image, a smaller lake can be seen just south of Lake Malawi and connected to it via a river. This is Lake Malombe, on the Shire River, in Malawi’s Southern Region. It has an area of about 450 km2.

Lower Zambezi River Crossing Mozambique

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February 23rd, 2010 Category: Rivers

Malawi - February 12th, 2010

Malawi - February 12th, 2010

The Zambezi River can be seen flowing across Mozambique, just south of the border with Malawi, in this orthorectified image. The Zambezi can be divided into three segments: the Upper, Middle and Lower Zambezi (visible here).

Lower Zambezi’s 650 km (400 mi) from Cahora Bassa to the Indian Ocean is navigable, although the river is shallow in many places during the dry season. This shallowness arises as the river enters a broad valley and spreads out over a large area.

Only at one point, the Lupata Gorge, 320 km (200 mi) from its mouth, is the river confined between high hills. Here it is scarcely 200 m wide. Elsewhere it is from 5 to 8 km (3 to 5 mi) wide, flowing gently in many streams. The river bed is sandy, and the banks are low and reed-fringed. At places, however, and especially in the rainy season, the streams unite into one broad fast-flowing river.

About 160 km (100 mi) from the sea the Zambezi receives the drainage of Lake Malawi through the Shire River, visible to the right upon opening the full image.

Valleys and Highlands Near Shire River in Malawi’s Southern Region – February 21st, 2010

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February 21st, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Mountains, Rivers

Malawi - February 12th, 2010

Malawi - February 12th, 2010

The Shire River is visible meandering more or less vertically down the middle of this orthorectified image of the Southern Region of Malawi. The region, whose population was 5,876,784 as of 2008, covers an area of 31,753 km². Its capital city is Blantyre.

The Shire is the outlet of Lake Malawi and flows across Malawi and Mozambique into the Zambezi. Its length is 402 km; including Lake Malawi and the Ruhuhu, its headstream, it has a length of about 1200 km.

Here, west of the river, is the Majete Wildlife Reserve, situated in the Lower Shire Valley, a section of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, covering an area of 700 km2. Vegetation is diverse, ranging from moist miombo woodland in the western hills, to dry savannah in the east with prominent thickets along the riverbanks.

East of the river lie the Shire Highlands, with an elevation of 600–1,600 meters (1,969–5,249 ft), rising to elevations of 2,130 and 3,002 meters (6,988 and 9,849 ft) at the Zomba Plateau and Mulanje Massif respectively. In the extreme south, the elevation is only 60–90 meters (197–295 ft) above sea level.

Shire and Zambezi Rivers, Malawi and Mozambique

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January 17th, 2010 Category: Rivers

Malawi - December 20th, 2009

Malawi - December 20th, 2009

The Shire is a river in Malawi and Mozambique. Its length is 402 km; including Lake Malawi and the Ruhuhu, its headstream, it has a length of about 1200 km. The Shire is the outlet of Lake Malawi and flows into the Zambezi River, which can also be seen to the south, in Mozambique, upon opening the full image.

In this orthorectified image, hills and mountains in Malawi’s Chikawawa district can be seen east of the Shire. The district covers an area of 4,755 km² and has a population of 356,682. West of the river is the Thyolo district of Malawi, which covers an area of 1,715 km² and has a population of 458,976.

Mountains and Plateaux of Malawi – January 2nd, 2010

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January 2nd, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Malawi - December 20th, 2009

Malawi - December 20th, 2009

The Great Rift Valley traverses the country of Malawi from north to south. In this deep trough lies Lake Malawi, partially visible in the upper right corner of this orthorectified image. It is the third-largest lake in Africa, comprising about 20% of Malawi’s area. The Shire River flows from the south end of the lake and joins the Zambezi River 400 kilometers (249 mi) farther south in Mozambique.

West of the Great Rift Valley, the land forms high plateaus, generally between 900 and 1,200 meters (2,953 and 3,937 ft) above sea level. In the north, the Nyika Uplands rise as high as 2,600 meters (8,530 ft). The area to the west of the lake in northern and central Malawi has been categorised by the World Wildlife Fund as part of the Central Zambezian Miombo woodlands ecoregion.

South of the lake lie the Shire Highlands, with an elevation of 600–1,600 meters (1,969–5,249 ft), rising to elevations of 2,130 and 3,002 meters (6,988 and 9,849 ft) at the Zomba Plateau and Mulanje Massif respectively. In the extreme south, the elevation is only 60–90 meters (197–295 ft) above sea level.