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One of the World’s Greatest Natural Wonders: Victoria Falls From Space

On this picture, captured on February 22, 2019, the river cuts from left to proper in the picture earlier than plunging over Victoria Falls – seen as a white line in the picture. Whereas it’s neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, Victoria Falls has a width of round 1700 m and a peak of over 100 m which classifies it as the world’s largest sheet of falling water. Credit score:
Accommodates modified Copernicus Sentinel information (2019), processed by ESA

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over Victoria Falls – one of the world’s biggest pure wonders.

Victoria Falls, identified domestically as Mosi-oa Tunya or ‘the smoke that thunders,’ lies alongside the course of the Zambezi River, on the border between Zambia to the north and Zimbabwe to the south. The Zambezi River flows for round 3500 km from its supply on the Central African Plateau and empties into the Indian Ocean.

On this picture, captured on February 22, 2019, the river cuts from left to proper in the picture earlier than plunging over Victoria Falls – seen as a white line in the picture. Whereas it’s neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, Victoria Falls has a width of round 1700 m and a peak of over 100 m which classifies it as the world’s largest sheet of falling water.

The spray from the falls usually rises to a peak of over 400 m and is usually seen from as much as 40 km away. The water from the Zambezi River then continues and enters a slender, zigzagging sequence of gorges, seen in the backside proper of the picture.

Regardless of latest stories of Victoria Falls drying up, the Zambezi River is topic to massive seasonal fluctuations – with water ranges rising and dropping dramatically all through the yr. In line with the Zambezi River Authority, the lowest recorded water flows recorded have been throughout the 1995—96 season, which had an annual imply stream of round 390 cubic meters per second, in comparison with the long-term imply annual stream of round 1100 cubic meters per second.  

The city of Victoria Falls, in Zimbabwe, may be seen west of the falls, whereas the city of Livingstone – named after the well-known Scottish explorer – is seen simply north of the falls, in Zambia. The Harry Mwanga Nkumbula airport may be seen west of the city.

The round shapes in the picture are an instance of an irrigation technique referred to as pivot irrigation or center-pivot irrigation, the place tools rotates round a central pivot and crops are watered with sprinklers.

Sentinel-2 is a two-satellite mission to provide the protection and information supply wanted for Europe’s Copernicus program. The mission’s frequent revisits over the identical space and excessive spatial decision permit adjustments in inland water our bodies to be carefully monitored.

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