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Spacecraft nadir point: 10.5° S, 29.5° E

Photo center point: 11.2° S, 30.0° E

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Spacecraft Altitude: 217 nautical miles (402km)
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Image Caption: Chilubi Island, Lake Bangweulu, Zambia

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station took this detailed image of the strange rounded shapes of the coastline of Chilubi Island, a light-toned island of sand in the dark waters of Lake Bangweulu. Here we see open water in the arms of the lake with areas of wetland vegetated (reed, papyrus and floating grass) in green. The coastlines are smoothed by easterly winds eroding ancient sand dunes.

Chilubi Island has 100 km of coastline giving prime access to the richest fishing waters in northern Zambia. The higher population density of numerous fishing villages has resulted in a narrow devegetated strip of a lighter tone following all the shorelines. The lake, which is only 4 m deep on average, is rich enough to supply fish for the copper-mining towns to the west. The explorer and missionary David Livingstone was the first European to visit the lake (1868).