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Feature - Africa's Dying Baobab Trees
Mikhael Subotzky
Easily identifiable by their thick trunks, baobab trees are ancient features of Africa’s arid bushland. They can grow as tall as 40 meters, as broad as 16 meters in circumference, and store up 120,000 liters of water in their trunks. Despite having survived in hot and dry environments for thousands of years, human encroachment and climate change are causing baobabs in southern Africa to die off.
Mikhael Subotzky traveled to Botswana to document the story for TOPIC.

Mikhael Subotzky 2018

BOTSWANA. 2018. Baobab trees.
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BOTSWANA. 2018. Baobab trees.
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BOTSWANA. 2018. Baobabs of the Lost Island, the oldest of which...
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BOTSWANA. 2018. A herd of cattle roams across the edge of the...
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BOTSWANA. 2018. Baines’s Baobabs, in northeast Botswana’s Nxai...
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Mikhael Subotzky 2018

BOTSWANA. 2018. Baobab trees.
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BOTSWANA. 2018. Baobab trees.
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BOTSWANA. 2018. Chapman’s Baobab.
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BOTSWANA. 2018. Chapman’s Baobab, one of the continent’s largest...
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BOTSWANA. 2018. Baobab trees.
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BOTSWANA. 2018. Super Sande, a local Botswanan guide, holds baobab...
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BOTSWANA. 2018. Baobab trees.
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BOTSWANA. 2018. Super Sande applies a paste made from wood-fire...
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BOTSWANA. 2018. Green’s Baobab is inscribed with the words “Green...
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BOTSWANA. 2018. Baobabs on Kubu Island. This site was used through...
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BOTSWANA. 2018. Baobab fruit, the seeds of which are the best...
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BOTSWANA. 2018. A baobab forms the centerpiece for this couple’s...
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BOTSWANA. 2018. A drawing depicting two baobabs, carved into...
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BOTSWANA. 2018. BA tree in the Lost Island, a large stand of...
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BOTSWANA. 2018. A dead and desiccated baobab on Kubu Island,...
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BOTSWANA. 2018. Baobab trees.
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