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Wetlands of the Sudd, Sudan

8.3N 30.7E

February 28th, 2011 Category: Wetlands

Sudan - February 10th, 2011

This image shows part of the Sudd, a vast swamp in southern Sudan, formed by the White Nile. One of the world’s largest wetlands, the Sudd covers an area of 500 km south to north and 200 km east to west between Mongalla in the south and Malakal in the north.

Its size is highly variable, averaging over 30,000 square kilometers. During the wet season it may extend to over 130,000 kmĀ², depending on the inflowing waters. Here, the wetlands area appears greener than the surrounding terrain. Part of the left side of the image appears hazy, probably due to smoke from nearby agricultural fires.

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