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The Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda

0.2N 29.9E

June 18th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Kwenzori Mountains, Uganda - June 18th, 2009

Kwenzori Mountains, Uganda - June 18th, 2009

The Rwenzori Mountains are a small but spectacular mountain range of central Africa, located on the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with heights of up to 5,109 m (16,761 ft).

The highest Rwenzoris are permanently snow-capped, and they, along with Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya are the only such in Africa.

The range is about 120 km (75 mi) long and 65 km (40 mi) wide. It consists of six massifs separated by deep gorges: Mount Stanley (5,109m), Mount Speke (4,890m), Mount Baker (4,843m), Mount Emin (4,798m), Mount Gessi (4,715m) and Mount Luigi di Savoia (4,627m).

Mount Stanley is the largest and has several subsidiary summits, with Margherita Peak being the highest point. The rock is metamorphic, and the mountains are believed to have been tilted and squeezed upwards by plate movement.

The Ruwensoris are in an extremely humid area, and frequently enveloped in clouds. Here, however, radar imagery makes it possible to see through the clouds, and  orthorectification of the image offers a sharp view of the range’s peaks and gorges.

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