Image of Cape Town, South Africa
(NASA, January 1995).
considered to be one of the great scenic cities of the world, is captured in
this southwest-looking, low-oblique photograph. In the Republic of South Africa,
is second to Johannesburg in population and second to Durban as a port and
industrial center. The city, situated in the southwestern part of the Cape
Province, lies at the foot of
(1088 meters in altitude on the shore of Table Bay, in which lies Robbin Island.
Because the mountains obstruct inland expansion, the city has developed along
the coast—its western suburbs fronting the Atlantic Ocean (Table Bay) and its
southern suburbs fronting the Indian Ocean (False Bay). Agricultural areas
(brownish-tan) stretch northward from the city along the coastal plain. Food
processing, wine making, and clothing manufacturing are the city’s most
important industries. The Cape of Good Hope appears at the southern tip of the
Die Kat Balconey at the Castle of Good Hope, in Cape Town, the
oldest building in South Africa.
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