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Okavango, Cuando and Zambezi Rivers in Angola and Zambia

16.2S 21.9E

April 4th, 2011 Category: Rivers, Wetlands

Angola and Zambia - March 31st, 2011

Several rivers can be seen flowing southeastward across Angola (left) and Zambia (right). The man ones are the Okavango (left), the Cuando (center) and the Zambezi River (right).

The thicker green area at the center right is the floodplain of the Zambezi River. Today it is about half as broad as it was before the construction of the Kariba and Cahora Bassa dams, which control the seasonal variations in the flow rate of the river.

The Barotse Floodplain After the Rainy Season – July 7th, 2009

15.2S 23.0E

July 7th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Zambia - June 21st, 2009

Zambia - June 21st, 2009

The Zambezi River sweeps through the left side of this image of western Zambia, its banks surrounded by bright green vegetation. The area immediately around the river and throughout most of the image is an extensive wetlands area, known as the Barotse Floodplain.

This image, taken about a month after the end of the rainy season, appears less vegetated and green than the last time the area was observed, one month before the end of the rainy season (click here for previous article).

These wetlands, also known as the Bulozi Plain, Lyondo or the Zambezi Floodplain, are on a plateau at an elevation of about 1000 m. The plateau is mostly flat, but tilts very slightly to the south.

The Zambezi and its headwaters rise on the higher ground to the north, which enjoys good rainfall (1400 mm annually) in a rainy season from October to May. A flood moves down the river reaching a flat region, formed from Kalahari sands, about five hundred kilometres across.

To the south around the Ngonye Falls harder rock is found at the surface and has resisted the river’s tendency to cut a channel down into it, and so acts a bit like a dam. Behind it, the floodplain has formed.

Maze of Wetlands of the Barotse Floodplain, Zambia

April 4th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Zambia - March 24th, 2009

Zambia - March 24th, 2009

The Barotse Floodplain also known as the Bulozi Plain, Lyondo or the Zambezi Floodplain is one of Africa’s great wetlands, on the Zambezi River in the Western Province of Zambia. It is a designated Ramsar site, regarded as being of high conservation value.

The region is a flat plateau at an elevation of about 1000 m tilting very slightly to the south. The Zambezi and its headwaters rise on the higher ground to the north, which enjoys good rainfall (1400 mm annually) in a rainy season from October to May.

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