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Vegetation Patterns T36

Rainfall decreases from around 800 mm (32") along the coast to
less than 400 mm (16") inland. Tropical forest fringes the bay
(Baia de Maputo-1), but dry thorn tree forest dominates inland,
even on the prominent, but low Lebombo Mountains (2). Rainfall
is locally high along the South African Swaziland escarpment
(west of the Mozambique border): extensive commercial pine
forests have been planted in such areas and appear from low Earth
orbit as dark green, angular areas (3). Some of the oldest rocks
in the world (3.8 billion years) are exposed along the escarp-
ment. (S08-35-1302)