The Okavango Delta is subject to seasonal flooding. The Okavango river drains the summer (January-February) rainfall from the Angola highlands and the surge flows 1,200 kilometres in approximately one month. The waters then spread over the 250 km by 150 km area of the delta over the next four months (March-June). The high temperature of the delta causes rapid transpiration and evaporation, resulting in a cycle of rising and falling water level that was not fully understood until the early 20th century. The flood peaks between June and August, during Botswana’s dry winter months, when the delta swells to three times its permanent size, attracting animals from miles around and creating one of Africa’s greatest concentrations of wildlife.
The delta is very flat, with less than 2 meters variation in height across its 15,000 km˛
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maria (3276) 2009-12-28 13:43
Felt sooooo attracted by the 'green' composition.
Love the well-managed 'glossiness' patches of the river.
- Copyright: Valentino Aricci (Valeski) (906)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-11-03
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: NikonD70s, AF-S Nikkor 18-70mm 1:3.5-4.5G ED DX, Marumi UV 62mm
- Exposure: f/8, 1/80 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2009-12-28 13:36