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Thick Smoke Across Central Africa

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June 27th, 2013 Category: Fires MODISTerra

DRC, Tanzania, Zambia – June 26th, 2013

Red and yellow markers indicate the locations of hundreds of fires burning in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania and Zambia, in central Africa in late June. Smoke from the fires, which were probably set to manage land, creates a hazy veil across the image. While fire helps enhance crops and grasses for pasture, this air quality-degrading smoke can be dangerous to human and animal health.

Fires West of Lake Tanganyika, DRC and Tanzania – June 26th, 2013

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June 26th, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day MODISAqua

DRC, Tanzania, Zambia – June 26th, 2013

Dozens of fires are burning in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania and Zambia, in central Africa in late June. The fires, most of which are burning in grass or cropland, are indicated by red markers. Separating the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Tanzania is the large Lake Tanganyika. More smoke is visible west of the lake than to its east.

Fires in Democratic Republic of the Congo and Zambia

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June 3rd, 2013 Category: Fires MODISAqua

Central Africa – June 1st, 2013

Hundreds of fires can be seen west of Lake Tanganyika (above) and Lake Malawi (right center), in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (upper left quadrant) and Zambia (lower left quadrant). Red markers identify the locations of the individual fires, although many individual plumes of smoke can also be discerned, mostly blowing towards the west.

Lakes, Rivers and Wetlands in Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia

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April 27th, 2013 Category: Lakes, Rivers, Wetlands

Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia – April 27th, 2013

Multiple lakes and wetland areas can be observed in this image that focuses on Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia (counter-clockwise from lower left quadrant). Visible near the center left is the Okavango Delta, an inland delta in Botswana, with the salt flats of the Makgadikgadi Pan to the southeast. In the upper left quadrant is the Barotse Floodplain, in Zambia, while in the upper right quadrant is Lake Kariba, on the Zimbabwe-Zambia border.

The area in the center of the image is the Caprivi Strip, a narrow protrusion of Namibia eastwards from the Okavango Region about 450 km (280 mi), between Botswana to the south, and Angola and Zambia to the north. Caprivi is bordered by the Okavango, Kwando, Chobe and Zambezi rivers. 

Barotse Floodplain in Western Zambia

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March 30th, 2013 Category: Wetlands

Zambia – March 29th, 2013

The Barotse Floodplain, visible as a wide green strech running vertically across the right half of this image (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 floodplain stretches from the Zambezi’s confluence with the Kabompo and Lungwebungu Rivers in the north, to a point about 230 km south, above the Ngonye falls and south of Senanga. Along most of its length its width is over 30 km, reaching 50 km at the widest, just north of Mongu, principal town of the plain, situated at its edge. The main body of the plain covers about 5500 km², but the maximum flooded area is 10 750 km² when the floodplains of several tributaries are taken into account.

About 250,000 people live on the plain with a similar number of cattle, migrating to grasslands at the edge of the floodplain when the flood arrives. The floodplain is one of the most productive areas for raising cattle in the country. It is also used for fishing and cultivating crops such as maize, rice, sweet potato, and sugar cane.