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The River Basin
 Basins of Southern Africa
 The Kunene River Basin
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The landscape of the Kunene basin ranges from an altitude of 2 000 m in the central highlands where the river has it's source, over relatively flat floodplains in the mid-section of the river, to the rocky arid areas on the border of Angola and Namibia. The central plateau, or “planalto”, hosts the headwaters of the Kuanza, Queve, Kunene and Kubango rivers, and is an extremely important land unit for Southern Africa’s regional hydrology.

This chapter of the Kunene River Awareness Kit summarises basin geography; describes the footprint of the river basin; reviews the geological history that shaped the basin; and provides an overview of the soils of the region.

The Kunene River in the lower reach.
Source: © Ostby 2007
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Chapter Summary

This chapter covers the following concepts and material:




Explore the sub-basins of the Kunene River

Video Interviews about the integrated and transboundary management of the Kunene River basin

Explore the interactions of living organisms in aquatic environments

Examine how the hydrologic cycle moves water through and around the earth