City of Asella on Ethiopia’s High Central Plateau – March 14th, 20107.9N 39.1E
This orthorectified image shows the mountainous terrain near the city of Asella, in central Ethiopia. It can be identified here as a bright white area in the upper left quadrant, west of a structure that appears to be a volcanic caldera. Located in the Arsi Zone of the Oromia Region about 175 kilometers south of Addis Ababa, the city has an elevation of 2430 meters.
Ethiopia’s high central plateau varies from 1,290 to 3,000 m (4,232 to 9,843 ft) above sea level, with the highest mountain reaching 4,533 m (14,872 ft). Elevation is generally highest just before the point of descent to the Great Rift Valley, which splits the plateau diagonally.