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Vegetation Index of Ethiopia Around Great Rift Valley

5.0N 37.0E

January 3rd, 2010 Category: Climate Change

Ethiopia - December 17th, 2009

Ethiopia - December 17th, 2009

Within Ethiopia is a vast highland complex of mountains and dissected plateaus divided by the Great Rift Valley, which runs generally southwest to northeast and is surrounded by lowlands, steppes, or semi-desert. The great diversity of terrain determines wide variations in climate, soils, natural vegetation, and settlement patterns.

The Great Rift Valley can be clearly seen running diagonally through the center of this FAPAR image. Yellow areas indicate low photosynthetic activity, common in steppes and semi-desert lands. Green to red areas indicate high photosynthetic activity where more vegetation is present.

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