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Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda – June 24th, 2009

1.5S 29.2E

June 24th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

Rwanda - June 18th, 2009

Rwanda - June 18th, 2009

The volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains are visible along the border of Rwanda (below) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (above), northeast of Lake Kivu (bottom left).

The white area on the shore of Lake Kivu comprises two towns: Goma to the west, in the DRC, and Gisenyi to the east, in Rwanda.

About 20km north of those towns, in the DRC, is the stratovolcano Mount Nyiragongo. Three craters are visible; the main one is 250 m deep and 2 km wide.

The group of volcanoes to the northeast of Mount Nyiragongo is part of the Volcanoes National Park in northwestern Rwanda. The five peaks in a curved line, from southwest to northeast, are Karisimbi, Bisoke, Sabyinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura.

This image has been corrected for geometric distortion using the orthorectification technique, giving a precise view of the contours of the volcanoes and hills to the south.

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