THE WORLD DELTA DATABASE

THE TANA DELTA

 

Delta ID    # 48.


Tana River delta, Kenya, Africa

LOCATION LAT. 0253S, LONG. 3950E

LANDMASS DRAINED AFRICA

BASIN OF DEPOSITION INDIAN OCEAN

CLIMATE TROPICAL SAVANNA (Aw)

AIR TEMP RANGE 26C 35C,

TYPE OF TIDE SEMIDIURNAL

ID 7166062000002250, PATH 166 ROW 62

IMAGE ACQUIRED JANUARY 22, 2000


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Description


Contributed  by Professor James Coleman, LSU. From: Coleman and Huh, 2004.

Tana River drainage basin.

The Tana river is approximately 800 km [500 miles] long, rising near Mt. Kenya, in central Kenya, East Africa. It is the largest river in Kenya, From its source it flows eastwards and  then southwards across Kenya into the Indian Ocean.  The delta is partially mangrove fringed.

 The generally muddy-brown color of the water during the dry season, changes to red during the rainy season due to the erosion of the lateritic top soils.

The influence of humankind.

The river flow is being modified by the construction of hydroelectric plants and irrigation projects within the Tana basin.