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Bombetoka Bay, Madagascar. This bay is formed from the estuary of the Betsiboka River, which flows from the island's interior into the Mozambique Channel. North is at lower right. The dark areas on the banks and estuarine islands are mangrove forests. The Betsiboka River carries an enormous amount of sediment, mainly due to the fact that the land surrounding the river has been deforested to make way for crops such as rice.
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