Satellite view of South Africa coast

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This image was acquired October 2002 by the MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) satellite. It covers several southern African countries and shows clearly the complex topography of the region. In the Republic of South Africa (bottom) Cape Town is a gray patch at the north edge of False Bay. North of the first range of mountains along the southern coast is a narrow tableland called the Little Karoo. A second, long escarpment separates the Little Karoo from the Great Karoo. (Note the drawn-in borders of Nambia, upper left, and Lesotho, center right.)

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