NASA’s Terra satellite captured Makgadikadi Pan, Botswana.
The Makgadikgadi Pan (Botswana salt flats) is one of the largest salt flats in the world. The pan is all that remains of the formerly enormous Lake Makgadikgadi, which once covered an area larger than Switzerland, but dried up several thousand years ago. A dry, salty, clay crust most of the year, the pans are seasonally covered with water and grass, and are then a refuge for birds and animals in this very arid part of the world. The climate is hot and dry, but with regular annual rains. The main water source is the Nata River, called Amanzanyama in Zimbabwe, and the Boteti River from the Okavango Delta.
The local scenery on the ground is as follows.