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Eastern Half of Lake Kivu in Great Rift Valley, Rwanda

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August 20th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains

Rwanda - July 27th, 2010

This orthorectified image shows mountainous western Rwanda and the eastern half of Lake Kivu (left). One of the African Great Lakes, it lies in the Albertine (western) Rift of the Great Rift Valley, on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. The cities of Goma, in the DRC, and Giyensi, in Rwanda, can be seen as white areas on the shores of the lake in the top left corner.

The lake covers a total surface area of some 2,700 km2 (1,040 sq mi) and stands at a height of 1,460 metres (4,790 ft) above sea level. The lake bed sits upon a rift valley that is slowly being pulled apart, causing volcanic activity in the area, and making it particularly deep: its maximum depth of 480 m (1,575 ft) is ranked fifteenth in the world. The lake is surrounded by majestic mountains.

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