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Notes on the Geography of South Africa: Upington and Augrabies Falls: Photo 13

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You can see why. Without the river, settlers here would have starved.

Sidenote: the runway is the longest in Africa and longer than any in the U.S. It was built in the days of Apartheid, when most African countries denied landing right to South African Airways. This was the first spot available to them after the Mediterranean, and the airline's 747s needed an especially long runway because of the heat and altitude (about 800 meters).

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