Mount Rungwe Near Lake Malawi in Tanzania
Mount Rungwe, visible near the top center edge of this orthorectified image, is an inactive volcano in the Mbeya region of the Southern Highlands of Tanzania. With an altitude of 2960m it is southern Tanzania’s second highest peak.
Rungwe stands at the junction of the eastern and western arms of the Great Rift Valley of Africa. It dominates the mountainous country at the north-west end of the trough that contains Lake Malawi (Lake Nyasa), bottom right.
The southeastern slopes of these mountains receive up to 3,000 mm of rainfall a year, the highest rainfall in Tanzania; the slopes are covered with a belt of tropical montane forest. Above the treeline, at about 2600 m, there is a belt of heathland. Much of the mountain was listed as a Forest Reserve as early as 1949.
Upon opening the full image, the city of Mbeya is visible at the top, as is Lake Ngozi, the second largest Crater Lake in Africa.