Earth from Space: Victoria Falls


Hi I’m Romina Persi and welcome back to Earth from Space. Today, the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over Victoria Falls one of the greatest natural wonders of the world Victoria Falls, known locally as Mosi-oa Tunya
or ‘the smoke that thunders,’ lies along the course of the Zambezi River, on the border between Zambia to the north and Zimbabwe to the south. The Zambezi River flows for around 3500 km
from its source on the Central African Plateau and empties into the Indian Ocean. In this image, the river cuts from left to right before plunging over Victoria Falls visible as a white line. While it is neither the highest nor the widest
waterfall in the world, Victoria Falls has a width of around 1700 metres and a height of over 100 metres which classifies it as the world’s largest
sheet of falling water. Despite recent reports of Victoria Falls drying up, the Zambezi River is subject to large seasonal fluctuations with water levels rising and dropping dramatically
throughout the year. The water from the Zambezi River then continues and enters a narrow, zigzagging series of gorges, visible in the bottom-right of the image. The town of Victoria Falls, in Zimbabwe, can be seen west of the falls. The town of Livingstone named after the famous Scottish explorer is visible just north of the falls, in Zambia. Its airport can be seen west of the town. The circular shapes in the image are an example of an irrigation method called
pivot irrigation or centre-pivot irrigation, where equipment rotates around a central pivot and crops are watered with sprinklers. Copernicus Sentinel-2 is a two-satellite mission. Each satellite carries a high-resolution camera that images Earth’s surface in 13 spectral bands. Data from Copernicus Sentinel-2 can help monitor
changes in land cover. And that brings us to the end of this edition. Don’t forget to like and subscribe to the
European Space Agency channel. I’m Romina Persi from ESA Web TV Studios. And thank you for watching!

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