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Mountainous Terrain of Landlocked Lesotho – January 12th, 2012

29.5S 28.2E

January 12th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Mountains

Lesotho and South Africa - January 11th, 2012

The mountainous area in the upper left quadrant of this orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image is part of Lesotho, a landlocked country and enclave, completely surrounded by its only neighboring country, South Africa. Lesotho covers 30,355 km2 (11,720 sq mi).

It is the only independent state in the world that lies entirely above 1,000 metres (3,281 ft) in elevation. Its lowest point of 1,400 metres (4,593 ft) is thus the highest in the world. Over 80% of the country lies above 1,800 metres (5,906 ft). Lesotho is also the southernmost landlocked country in the world.

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