Last update: August 17th, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features the Betsiboka River Delta in Madagascar.
The winding river carries sediment from the mountains and the central plateau toward the western coast, where the sediment is dumped into the Bombetoka Bay and the Mozambique Channel.
Across the delta, complex river channels flow between islands of built-up sediment, sandy and clay-rich soils that are referred to as “red lands.”
Since the 1950’s, more than 40 percent of Madagascar’s forests have been cleared. This deforestation is a major contributor to the heavy sediment flowing through the island’s rivers.
The image was captured on June 29, 2018 by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
Image Credit : NASA Earth Observatory