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Landscape of Djibouti

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July 3rd, 2009 Category: Lakes, Volcanoes

Djibouti and Eritrea - July 2nd, 2009

Djibouti and Eritrea - July 2nd, 2009

The landscape of Djibouti, a country in the Horn of Africa, can be seen in detail in this orthorectified ASAR (radar) image. Djibouti is bordered by Eritrea in the north, Ethiopia in the west and south, and Somalia in the southeast. The remainder of the border is formed by the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

The bodies of water visible here on the right are Lake Ghoubet and the Gulf of Tadjoura, which provides the entrance to the Red Sea. Most of its coastline is the territory of Djibouti, except for a short stretch on the southern shore which is part of the territory of Somalia.

Djibouti’s size is just over 23,000 square kilometres (8,900 sq mi), and it has 314 km (195 mi) of coastline. Its climate is mostly warm, dry desert.

The country’s landscape is mainly a stony desert, with scattered plateaus and highlands. Mountains in the center of the country separate a coastal plain and a plateau. Two volcanoes are visible in the upper left quadrant, one in Djibouti, the other to the left just over the Ethiopia border.

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