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Cluster of Lakes Northwest of Bale Mountains, Ethiopia – March 12th, 2011

7.5N 38.7E

March 12th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Mountains

Ethiopia - February 10th, 2011

Many lakes are visible in this image of Ethiopia. Lake Abaya appears tan in color, in the lower left corner. Moving northeast, a cluster of lakes can be observed nearby (from south to north): Lake Awasa, Shala Lake, Abijata Lake (left), Langano Lake (right) and Ziway Lake. The lakes appear various shades of green due to differences in the concentrations of sediments and algae.

The dark green area of land in the lower right quadrant is the Bale Mountains (also known as the Urgoma Mountains), a range of mountains in the Oromia Region of southeast Ethiopia, south of the Awash River. The Bale National Park covers 2,200 square kilometers of these mountains. The park also contains the Harenna Forest, situated to the south of the mountains.

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