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Lake Kariba and Flooded Grasslands of Zambia – May 2nd, 2011

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May 2nd, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Wetlands

Zambia and Zimbabwe - April 15th, 2011

Lake Kariba’s irregular shoreline stands out thanks to its dark waters in contrast with the green of the surrounding landscape. The lake is located on the Zambezi River on the border between Zambia (above) and Zimbabwe (below).

The bright green area in the upper part of the image is part of two national parks: Blue Lagoon National Park and Lochinvar National Park, separated by the Kafue River. The northern side of the parks is in the Zambezian and Mopane woodlands ecoregion and the southern partsĀ  are in the Zambezian flooded grasslands ecoregion.

Also visible near the top edge in the upper right quadrant is Lusaka, the capital and largest city of Zambia, appearing here as a tan circular area. It is located in the southern part of the central plateau, at an elevation of about 1,300 metres (4,265 feet).


Floodplains of and Near the Zambezi River, Zambia – April 24th, 2011

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April 24th, 2011 Category: Rivers, Wetlands

Zambia - April 15th, 2011

The wide green line running vertically through the center of this image of Zambia is the Barotse Floodplain, around the Zambezi River.

A second, unnamed floodplain can be observed as a horizontal line extending from the left edge to the end of the Barotse Floodplain south of Senanga, forming almost a right angle with the Barotse. This seccond broad floodplain carries overspill from high floods of the Cuando River in Angola.

A third floodplain, the Luanginga River floodplain near Kalabo, reaches diagonally southeastward from the upper left corner until it joins the Barotse Floodplain.

Okavango, Cuando and Zambezi Rivers in Angola and Zambia

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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.

Zambezi River Flowing Towards Indian Ocean, Mozambique

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March 1st, 2011 Category: Rivers

Mozambique - February 17th, 2011

The Zambezi River can be seen crossing Mozambique on its way to the Indian Ocean in this ASAR image. It 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 square kilometres (540,000 sq mi), slightly less than half that of the Nile. The 3,540-kilometre-long river (2,200 mi) has its source in Zambia and flows through Angola, along the borders of Namibia, Botswana, Zambia again, and Zimbabwe, to Mozambique, where it empties into the Indian Ocean.

Geographical Features Near Zambezi and Okavango Rivers, Botswana and Zambia

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August 30th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers, Salt Flats

Botswana and Zambia - July 17th, 2010

An interesting range of colors and geographical features can be observed in this image of central southern Africa. The branched green area left of the center is the Okavango Delta, at the end of the Okavango River.

To its east is a bright white area of salt flats called the Makgadikgadi Pan, in the middle of the dry savanna of north-eastern Botswana.

The dark blue, elongated lake on the right side is Lake Kariba, on the Zambezi River along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Also situated along the Zambezi River is the Barotse Floodplain, in Zambia, an important wetlands area. As it blends in with the surrounding landscape, this feature is best observed in the full image. There, it appears as a long, golden green area west of Lake Kariba and north of the Okavango Delta.