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City of Asella on Ethiopia’s High Central Plateau – March 14th, 2010

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March 14th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Mountains

Ethiopia - February 19th, 2010

Ethiopia - February 19th, 2010

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.

One Response to “City of Asella on Ethiopia’s High Central Plateau – March 14th, 2010”

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    Almaz Ketebo Degissiso:

    One of the most shocking changes I have noticed around Asella and its vicinities is the deforestation of the region including Mt.Chilalo. Unless the people stop denude the area, we may end up losing our water resources, rivers, lakes and seasonal water bodies.
    I am sure some people and the regional government knows about it and experts in ARDU, CADU and Ministry of Agriculture knew this problem for almost more than 40 years, but they have not been able to come up with a very strong solution that deals with deforestation of the land surrounding that region including city of Asella. If the problem continues to grow, the city may not exist to be what it intends to be, therefore, people must look into the biggest problem that is hunting them day and night. Look up to the mountain, you could notice the change, a devastating change that creeps to swallow the whole region.

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