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Lakes West of Bale Mountains, Ethiopia

6.8N 39.7E

January 20th, 2012 Category: Lakes

Ethiopia - January 4th, 2012

A cluster of lakes can be observed near the center of this image of Ethiopia (from north to south): Ziway Lake (green), Abijata Lake, the connected Langano and Shalla Lakes, and Lake Awasa. Visible further south is the tan Lake Abaya, located in the Main Ethiopian Rift, east of the Guge Mountains. Lake Abaya is 60 kilometers long and 20 wide, with a surface area of 1162 square kilometers. It has a maximum depth of 13.1 meters and is at an elevation of 1285 meters.

Visible east of these lakes are the Bale Mountains (also known as the Urgoma Mountains), appearing here as a large, dark area. They are a range of mountains in the Oromia Region of southeast Ethiopia, south of the Awash River. They include Tullu Demtu, the second-highest mountain in Ethiopia (4377 meters), and Mount Batu (4307 meters). The Weyib River, a tributary of the Jubba River, rises in these mountains east of Goba.

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