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The Blue Nile in Southwestern Ethiopia

10.4N 35.2E

September 27th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Ethiopia - September 6th, 2009

Ethiopia - September 6th, 2009

The Blue Nile River, originating at Lake Tana, flows through southwestern Ethiopia in this orthorectified image. Here, in its upper reaches, it is often known as the Abay or Abbai River.

The flow of the Blue Nile reaches maximum volume in the rainy season (from June to September), when it supplies about two thirds of the water of the Nile proper. This image was captured in early September, at the end of the rainy season.

Around the river the terrain is mixed, as within Ethiopia is a vast highland complex of mountains and dissected plateaus divided by the Great Rift Valley, which runs generally southwest to northeast and is surrounded by lowlands, steppes, or semi-desert.


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