Paraglider Gavin McClurg takes to the skies above a dune in Bazaruto, Mozambique, captured by another paraglider, photographer Jody MacDonald, flying above. Picture Jody Macdonald


Sand and water from 800 feet up, in Bazaruto, Mozambique. These pictures offer a unique view of an untouched world with no human footprints for miles.

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Bazaruto (Portuguese: Ilha do Bazaruto, from Ushurutswa, island of the mist) is a sandy island located approximately 80 kilometres (50 miles) southeast of the mouth of the Save River, Mozambique.

The warm, southward-flowing Mozambique Current seems to contribute to the increasing buildup of the sandy coastline. Because the water along this coastal area is very clear, much of the sub-surface channel pattern around the island is discernible. Several narrow lines of plankton bloom parallel the shoreline on the satellite photo below.

The coastal plains show numerous lakes and a swampy environment that appears to be karst topography. Underlying the area is limestone rock that has eroded into a pockmarked landscape, creating water-filled sinkholes. Rainfall in this humid subtropical climate amounts to between 50 and 100 centimetres (20 and 40 inches) annually.