Cubango

Cubango ko͞obäng´gō [key], Kuvango ko͞oväng´gō [key], or Okavango ōkəväng´gō [key], river, c.1,000 mi (1,610 km) long, rising in the highlands of central Angola, W central Africa, and flowing southeast, across the Caprivi Strip, Namibia, to the Okavango Delta, N Botswana. It forms part of the Angola–Namibia border. The Okavango Delta is a swamp (c.5,000 sq mi/12,950 sq km) that occupies a depression that contained a large prehistoric lake. The northern part of this swampy area has papyrus growth and is wet throughout the year the rest of the delta fills with water as the seasonal cycle progresses.

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