Monday, June 9, 2008

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Lake Alaotra

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Lake Alaotra is a shallow, reed-fringed lake that lies in a tectonic basin 40 km (25 miles) long and 9.5 km (6 miles) wide. The image from April 2001 shows extensive flooding of the lake, especially along its western and southern shores. Heavy rains, unusual for the time of year, caused severe flooding across Madagascar, destroying an estimated ten per cent of the region's rice crop. This pair of satellite images shows flooding over a wide area, including Lake Alaotra. In the images, vegetation shows as bright green, water as shades of blue, and clouds as light blue. Intensive rice irrigation occurs at the western part of the lake. View detailed information

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