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STS61A-43-29
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Spacecraft nadir point: 20.4° S, 21.2° E

Photo center point: 19.0° S, 22.5° E

Nadir to Photo Center: Northeast

Spacecraft Altitude: 177 nautical miles (328km)
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Okavango/Chobe Connection T24B

In the featureless sandplain of the Kalahari, rivers behave in
unusual ways. The northern spur of the delta (Makwegana spill-
way) joins the Okavango system to the Chobe- Zambezi system (top
right). Water can flow in either direction along the spillway
depending on which river floods to a higher level. Despite its
remoteness, tourists trek to the Savuti Channel nature reserve
(arrow) to observe one of the densest populations of elephant in
Africa. Botswana banned elephant hunting years ago; since then
overpopulation has become a problem with the associated environ-
mental damage, especially to trees which are routinely pushed
over by elephants. (61A-43-29)