The bleeding rivers of Madagascar
Another snapshot from the International Space Station has returned a wonderful view of the heart of Madagascar. NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold imaged the Betsiboka Estuary, the largest river in Madagascar and the world’s fastest-changing coastline, as it bleeds into the ocean. The Madagascan rainforest and coastal mangroves are feeling the full effects of frantic erosion rates as the land becomes cleared. The red water, which is forging its path into the ocean, is cause by the upbringing of red soil from the hillsides and can be accentuated after heavy rainfall.