NASA Photo ID: STS066-122-091      File Name: 20180125.jpg
  Film Type: 70mm                    Date Taken: 11/14/94
  Title: Okavango Delta, Botswana as seen from STS-66 shuttle Atlantis
  Description:
  This November 1994 view looking south-southeast shows clouds over the
  Okavango Delta area of northern Botswana. The Okavango is one of the
  wilder, less spoiled regions of Africa. The Okavango River (lower left of
  view) brings water from the high, wet plateaus of Angola into the Kalahari
  Dessert, and enormous inland basin. As a result of a series of small faults
  (upper center of the view) related to the African Rift System, the river is
  dammed up in the form of a swampy inland delta. The visual patterns of the
  area are strongly linear: straight sand dunes occur in many places and can
  be seen across the bottom portion of the photograph. Numerous brush-fire
  scars produce a complex, straight-edged pattern over much of the lower
  portion of this view. Lake Ngami (upper right of view) was once permanently
  full as late as the middle 1800s. Changes in the climate of the area over
  the last 100 years has changed the size and shape of the inland delta. 
  
  Subject terms:
  AFRICA                                  
  ATLANTIS (ORBITER)                      
  DELTAS                                  
  EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE)         
  LAND MANAGEMENT                         
  MARSHLANDS                              
  RIVERS                                  
  STS-66                                  
  

NASA Home Page JSC Home Page Imagery Services Home PageSearch
For questions about Manned Spaceflight images, please contact:
JSC Office of Public Affairs
External Affairs Branch
Mail Code AP4
2101 NASA Road 1
Houston, TX 77058
Fax: (713) 483-2000