Bombetoka Bay, Madagascar
In May 2017, PROBA-V captured this false-colour image of the Betsiboka River Delta in Madagascar. Betsiboka River originates to the east of the capital city of Antananarivo.
Betsiboka is further known as the Red River and owes its distinctive colour to the vast amounts of reddish-orange silt it carries out to sea. These large quantities of river sediments are evidence of large-scale soil erosion that is occurring in the northwestern part of the island in the past 50 years.
Located in the southeast corner of the image, is Ankarafantsika National Park, home to the long-tailed, big-footed mouse, an endangered, nocturnal rodent that is only found in northwest Madagascar. Its patches of dense, dry tropical forest are highlighted in red and inhabited by mouse lemurs (world’s smallest primates) and 129 recorded bird species of which more than half are endemic to the island.