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Kampala Near Lake Victoria, Uganda – February 15th, 2012

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February 15th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Uganda- February 3rd, 2012

This orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image focuses on Lake Victoria, an African Great Lake and the continent’s largest lake by surface area, at 68,800 square kilometres (26,600 sq mi). It is the second largest freshwater lake by surface area in the world. In terms of its volume, Lake Victoria is the world’s eighth largest continental lake, and it contains about 2,750 cubic kilometers (2.2 billion acre-feet) of water.

Visible as a white area near the northern shores is Kampala, the largest city and capital of Uganda. Kampala features a tropical wet and dry climate, however due to city’s higher altitudes, average temperatures are noticeably cooler than what is typically seen in other cities with this type of climate. Another facet of Kampala’s weather is that it features two distinct wet seasons. There is a lengthy rainy season from August through December and another shorter rainy season that begins in February and lasts through June.

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