STS032-074-024 Maputo and Delagoa Bay, Mozambique January 1990
Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, and Delagoa Bay are visible in this southwest-looking, low-oblique photograph. Maputo, surrounded by low-lying swamps, sits on the north bank of the Maputo River, which empties into Delagoa Bay, an inlet of the Indian Ocean 55 miles (90 kilometers) long and 20 miles (32 kilometers) wide. Maputo has extensive modern port facilities and exports coal, cotton, sugar, chrome, ore, and hardwood. The city’s main manufacturing products are food, beverages, cement, pottery, furniture, shoes, and rubber. Year-round temperatures are high, and rainfall is governed by monsoons.


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