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Hills Around Lake Rukwa, Tanzania

8S 32.2E

January 7th, 2010 Category: Lakes

Tanzania - December 20th, 2009

Tanzania - December 20th, 2009

Lake Rukwa is a lake in southwestern Tanzania. The alkaline Lake Rukwa lies midway between Lake Tanganyika and Lake Nyasa at an elevation of about 800 metres, in a parallel branch of the rift system. Numerous hills can be seen near its shores in this orthorectified image.

The lake has seen large fluctuations in its size over the years, due to varying inflow of streams. Currently it is about 180 km long and averages about 32 km wide, making it about 5760 square kilometres in size. In 1929 it was only about 30 miles (48 km) in length, but in 1939 it was approximately 80 miles (128 km) long and 25 miles wide (40 km).

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