Vegetation border between Namibia and Angola in February 2006.
05 May 2022
09 February 2006
By Jochen Kerkmann (EUMETSAT)
Country borders do not usually show up in satellite images. One area, however, where a border is clearly visible in Meteosat-8 images is the border between Angola and Namibia, as shown in the image below. The image was taken on 9 February, during the wet season in this area.
The border between Angola and central northern Namibia is clear because so much of the Namibian side has been cleared of vegetation due to overgrazing. This phenomenon can of course best be observed during the wet season when for a few months northern Namibia turns into green landscape. The border is not visible during the dry season when vegetation cover is significantly reduced (see Figure 2).