The city of Lusaka in south-central Africa Today’s Video of the Day from the European Space Agency features Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia, which is located on a high plateau in south-central Africa.
Lusaka is one of the fastest growing cities in this region, with a population of over two million people.
In Zambia, agriculture is the country’s main source of income and jobs. The principal staple food crop is maize, which is traditionally grown throughout most of the country
The Kafue River is visible cutting across the image from left to right. Water from this river is used for irrigation and hydroelectric power.
According to the ESA, the Kafue River is the longest river lying solely within Zambia, flowing across the flat plain called Kafue Flats and meandering in a maze of swampy channels and lagoons. The African Development Bank defines Central Africa as Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, and Gabon. Alos the center of Africa is the most used term used by the United Nations in its geoscheme for Africa. It includes the same countries as the African Development Bank’s definition, along with Angola, and São Tomé and Príncipe.
Video Credit: ESA
By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer