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Bakassi Peninsula, Cameroon

February 18th, 2009 Category: Volcanoes

Cameroon - February 15th, 2009

Cameroon - February 15th, 2009

Here, a section of the coastline of Cameroon along the Bight of Bonny and part of the Gulf of Guinea is visible.

The peninsula in the upper left quadrant is named Bakassi.  It consists of a number of low-lying, largely mangrove covered islands covering an area of around 665 km².  It is currently ruled by Cameroon following the transfer of sovereignty from neighboring Nigeria.

Bakassi is situated at the extreme eastern end of the Gulf of Guinea, where the warm east-flowing Guinea Current meets the cold north-flowing Benguela Current. These two great ocean currents interact creating huge foamy breakers which constantly advance towards the shore, and building submarine shoals rich in fish, shrimps, and an amazing variety of other marine life forms.

The last time this area was observed by radar, strong outflow from the rivers could be seen. Here, the currents created by the river water are less evident.

The large, active Mount Cameroon is visible towards the bottom. Upon opening the full image, part of the rim of a sunken volcano on Bioko Island (part of Equatorial Guinea) at the very bottom.

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