Africa's last Eden

Maree Clarkson

Ballito, South Africa

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Africa’s last Eden

W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm
A flood plain is an area of land adjacent to a stream or river that stretches from the banks of its channel to the base of the enclosing valley walls and experiences flooding during periods of high discharge. Some flood plains are extraordinarily wide. The Barotse flood plain of the Zambezi River, for example, is a vast wetland stretching thousands of kilometers through Angola, Zambia, and Botswana.

A river erodes a flood plain as it meanders, or curves from side to side. The massive lowland flood plain of the Okavango Delta, for instance, is carved with hundreds of oxbow lakes that document the meandering river and its tributaries over time.

The Okavango Delta is a unique pulsing wetland. More correctly an alluvial fan, the delta covers between 6 and 15 000 square kilometres of Kalahari Desert in northern Botswana and owes its existence to the Okavango (Kavango) River which flows from the Angolan highlands, across Namibia’s Caprivi Strip and into the harsh Kalahari Desert in South Africa.

16th March 2017 – FEATURED in “New Creations Art/Photography”
30th September 2018 – FEATURED in “Your Pictures Exposed”
1st October 2018 – FEATURED in “Women Painters”
3rd October 2018 – FEATURED in “African Art and Photography”
4th October 2018 – FEATURED in “Yahoo—Doodles”
5th October 2016 – FEATURED in “The World Around Us”

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