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Marine Places

Mozambique Channel

The Mozambique Channel separates Madagascar from the mainland of Africa. The area is home to the ancient coelacanth, found on both sides of the channel and off the Comoros. A counterclockwise gyre is found around the Comoros, and counterclockwise eddies dominate the flow in the main part of the channel. The warm Aghulas Current arises over the Natal Basin, fed by the South Equatorial Current.

The Seychelles and Madagascarzoom image
  • Area 386,000 square miles (1 million square km)
  • Maximum Depth 370 ft (110 m)
  • Inflows Zambezi, Rio Lúrio rivers