The bleed­ing rivers of Mada­gas­car

All About Space - - Launch Pad -

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.

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