Earth from Area: Inhambane Bay, Mozambique




Inhambane Bay, in southeast Mozambique, is featured on this true-colour picture captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission.

Click on on the picture beneath to discover it in its full 10 m decision.

Inhambane Bay is a deep inlet into which the small Mutamba River flows. Within the north of the bay, the place the waters exit into the Mozambique Channel, an arm of the Indian Ocean, totally different water depths might be recognized in tones of inexperienced and blue.

Two small islands might be seen in Inhambane Bay: Ilha dos Porcos (Pig Island) within the north and Ilha dos Ratos (Rat Island) within the south. On one facet of the bay lies the historic metropolis of Inhambane, capital of the Inhambane Province, whereas the sister metropolis of Maxixe, the financial capital of Inhambane, sits throughout from it. The province is the second largest grower of cashews, after Nampula, and it additionally produces coconut and citrus fruits.

The area belongs to the Southern Zanzibar–Inhambane coastal forest mosaic, a tropical forest ecoregion of east Africa. The ecoregion stretches round 50 km inwards from the coast and helps quite a lot of habitats together with forest, savanna and swamps.

The lengthy shoreline of Inhambane helps fishing actions whereas the gorgeous seashores of Barra and Tofo, situated on the other facet of the peninsula, are fashionable seaside locations. The shoreline can be dotted with coral reefs making it a preferred area for scuba diving and snorkelling. The waters off the coast are additionally famed as one of many final remaining populations of dugong in Mozambique.

Mozambique’s intensive shoreline heightens the nation’s vulnerability to tropical cyclones that develop within the Indian Ocean in addition to storm surge flooding. Greater than half of the inhabitants lives in low mendacity coastal areas, placing communities in danger. Inhambane Bay was dangerously near the place Cyclone Idai made landfall in 2019 inflicting widespread destruction to the nation.

Satellites orbiting Earth can present indispensable up-to-date info to look at such occasions, and, importantly, to map flooded areas for response groups dealing with these dire conditions. This picture was captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission, which relies on a constellation of two satellites, each orbiting Earth at an altitude of 786 km however 180° aside. This configuration optimises protection and international revisit occasions. 

This picture can be featured on the Earth from Area video programme.

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