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The Shebelle River, Ethiopia and Somalia

5.6N 44.1E

June 9th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Shebelle River, Ethiopia and Somalia - June 3rd, 2009

Shebelle River, Ethiopia and Somalia - June 3rd, 2009

The Shebelle River is 1130 kilometers long, extending for 1000 kilometers inside Ethiopia and 130 inside Somalia. It begins in the highlands of Ethiopia, and then flows southeast into Somalia towards Mogadishu.

Here, the Shebelle can be seen flowing horizontally over the top half of the image and crossing the Ethiopia-Somalia border near the left edge.

Most of the tan land visible is in Ethiopia, while the reddish brown land is part of Somalia. The Ethiopian terrain near the Shebelle is mostly flat or gently sloping, with open grass land, bush and shrub grass land, and wooded grass land.

Most of the Ethiopian terrain near the river is used as grazing land. About 25-30% of the people living in this region depend on agro-pastoralism, 20-30% on pastoralism and 40-50% on irrigated farming using the waters of the Shebelle.

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