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Cahora Bassa Lake on Zambezi River, Mozambique

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January 1st, 2012 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Mozambique - December 24th, 2011

Parallel to the top edge of this image is the Cahora Bassa lake, Africa’s fourth-largest artificial lake, situated in the Tete Province in Mozambique. In Africa, only Lake Volta in Ghana, Lake Kariba, on the Zambezi upstream of Cahora Bassa, and Egypt’s Lake Nasser are bigger in terms of surface water.

The lake is situated on the middle section of the Zambezi River. The middle segment ends where the river enters Lake Cahora Bassa. Formerly the site of dangerous rapids known as Kebrabassa, the lake was created in 1974 by the construction of the Cahora Bassa Dam. Most of the electricity generated by Cahora Bassa, is sold to nearby South Africa.

Cahora Bassa Lake, Mozambique

March 28th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Cahora Bassa Lake, Mozambique - March 24th, 2009

Cahora Bassa Lake, Mozambique - March 24th, 2009

The Cahora Bassa lake is Africa’s fourth-largest artificial lake, situated in the Tete Province in Mozambique. Here, the western part of the lake appears tan from sediments, while the eastern part is green from phytoplankton growth, including various species of green and blue-green algae.

The lake has reached a maximum length and width of approximately 250 km and 38 km respectively, flooding an area of 2,700 km² with an average depth of 20.9 m.

In Africa, only Lake Volta in Ghana, Lake Kariba, on the Zambezi upstream of Cahora Bassa, and Egypt’s Aswan dam are bigger in terms of surface water.

The Cahora Bassa Dam system is the largest hydroelectric scheme in southern Africa with the powerhouse containing 5 x 415MW turbines.

It is one of the three major dams on the Zambezi river system, the others being Kariba and Itezhi-Tezhi (although the latter is not on the main stream of the Zambezi, but on its tributary the Kafue River).

Monte Muambe and the Zambezi River, Mozambique

March 4th, 2009 Category: Rivers, Volcanoes

Monte Muambe, Mozambique - March 3rd, 2009

Monte Muambe, Mozambique - March 3rd, 2009

The ring-shaped caldera of the Monte Muambe in Mozambique can be seen north of the Zambezi River.

Monte Muambe is a dormant volcano located east of Moatize in Mozambique’s Tete Province.

The volcano is 780 meters high and has a 6 kilometer external diameter with a caldera some 200 meters deep.

The caldera is largely composed of carbonatites, rich in both blue and yellow fluorite.

The Zambezi Valley Spatial Development Initiative estimates Monte Muambe has reserves of 1.1 million tonnes of the mineral in a pure form.

The Zambezi River (also spelled Zambesi) is the fourth-longest river in Africa, and the largest flowing into the Indian Ocean from Africa.

The area of its basin is 1,390,000 km² (537,000 miles²), slightly less than half that of the Nile.

The 2,574 km- (1,600 mile-) long river has its source in Zambia and flows through Angola, along the borders of Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, to Mozambique, where it empties into the Indian Ocean.

The white area on the banks of the river to the far left is the city of Tete, the capital of Tete Province and the largest city on the Zambezi.