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Madagascar’s Silting

Bombetoka bay, Madagascar, false color (8,4,3)

Date: 2017-07-13

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Info: Bombetoka Bay is home to some of Madagascar’s largest remaining communities of mangroves, which provide shelter for diverse mollusc and crustacean communities, as well as a habitat for sea turtles, birds, and dugongs. The mangrove forests capture river-borne sediment that would smother coastal reefs, while reefs buffer the mangroves from pounding surf.

 

Sedimentary transport and suspension in Bombetoka Bay has significantly changed during the past 30 years, with a dramatic increase in the amount of sediment moved by the Betsiboka river and deposited in the estuary and in offshore delta lobes. These changes have adversely affected agriculture, fisheries, and transportation for one of Madagascar’s largest ports.

 

Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data [2017], processed by Sentinel Hub

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