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 - Transformation of the Zambezi Valley vegetation:
During my occasional visits to the Lower Zambezi National Park (LZNP) I have been puzzled by two observations: 1) where is the mopane woodland which is one of the major vegetation types shown on the Vegetation Map of Zambia (Forest Department, 1976); and 2) what is the cause of the extensive areas bare of vegetation? New evidence gathered on this latest visit has given me fresh insight into these problems.
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 - Lower Zambezi vegetation:
Zambia's Lower Zambezi Valley is part of the East African Rift System. The Vegetation Map of Zambia shows Mopane Woodland as the dominant vegetation type of the valley alluvium. Ground surveys reveal that mopane is almost restricted to the far eastern end of the Lower Zambezi National Park.
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- The deciduous thickets of the Zambezi Valley:
"Freshwater species are becoming extinct six times faster than marine species".
  News item, BBC, 12 October 2009.
Deciduous thicket occupies the well-drained high terraces of the alluvial deposits of the Zambezi Valley floor. The fine sand, leached of its clay content, is underlain by impervious gravel or clay. It is efficient at absorbing rainfall and provides an ideal medium for shallow rooting trees and shrubs.
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Mopane woodland
Mopane woodland
Mopane woodland
Mopane woodland
Zambezi escarpment
Zambezi escarpment
 Updated: 14 April 2014
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