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Photo: View from space of a Madagascar estuary

Madagascar Estuary

Photograph courtesy NASA

Logging in Madagascar's rain forests and coastal mangroves has left the banks of the Betsiboka River highly vulnerable to erosion. Even minor rains send tons of rust-red soil into the river. Astronauts on the International Space Station said this shot, taken after Tropical Cyclone Gafilo roared through Madagascar in March 2004, looked like the Betsiboka estuary was "bleeding into the ocean."