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Volcanic Features Near Lake Kivu, DRC and Rwanda – June 20th, 2012

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June 20th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Volcanoes

Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda - January 9th, 2012

This wide-swath ASAR image shows volcanic features around Lake Kivu, one of the African Great Lakes. It lies on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda, and is in the Albertine Rift, the western branch of the East African Rift.

Visible as a bright white area on the northern shores of the lake, are the cities of Goma, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Gisenyi, in Rwandu. Goma lies only 18 km due south of the crater of the active Nyiragongo Volcano.

Mount Nyiragongo is a stratovolcano in the Virunga Mountains associated with the Albertine Rift. It is located inside Virunga National Park, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The main crater is about two km wide and usually contains a lava lake.

Vegetation Index Near Lakes Victoria and Tanganyika

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January 30th, 2012 Category: Vegetation Index

DRC - January 3rd, 2012

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of the border area by Tanzania (right), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (left), Rwanda and Burundi (above center). Visible in the top right corner is part of Lake Victoria, with the small Lake Kivu visible above center, north of the longer Lake Tanganyika.

The index is highest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as can be seen by the rusty red false coloring. The rest of the image shows generally good photosynthetic activity (green), with a few small patches of low activity (yellow) visible just northwest of the northern end of Lake Tanganyika.

Volcanoes of Virunga Mountains and Lake Kivu, Rwanda

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December 11th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Mountains, Volcanoes

Rwanda - December 10th, 2011

This orthorectified image shows Lake Kivu, one of the African Great Lakes. It lies on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda, and is in the Albertine (western) Rift, a part of the Great Rift Valley.

The lake covers a total surface area of some 2,700 km2 (1,040 sq mi) and stands at a height of 1,460 metres (4,790 ft) above sea level. Some 1 370 km2 or 58% of the lake’s waters lie within DRC borders. The lake bed sits upon a rift valley that is slowly being pulled apart, causing volcanic activity in the area, and making it particularly deep: its maximum depth of 480 m (1,575 ft) is ranked eighteenth in the world. The lake is surrounded by mountains.

Northeast of Lake Kivu are several volcanoes, all of which are part of the Virunga Mountains. Closest to the lake’s shores is Mount Nyiragongo, whose main crater is flanked by two other indentations. It is a stratovolcano that lies just west of the border with Rwanda.

Moving to the right, one can see the Mikeno Volcano, Mount Bisoke and Mount Karisimbi (clockwise from left) grouped together. In the upper right corner is Mount Sabyinyo, an extinct volcano. The summit of the mountain, at 3645 m, marks the intersection of the borders of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda.

Volcanoes Along the DRC-Rwanda Border – October 12th, 2011

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October 12th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

Rwanda - October 3rd, 2011

This orthorectified image shows several volcanoes near the border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda, just north of Lake Kivu. All of the volcanoes are part of the Virunga Mountains.

Near the center left edge is Mount Nyamuragira, an active volcano. About 13 km to the southeast is Mount Nyiragongo, whose main crater is flanked by two other indentations, is a stratovolcano just west of the border with Rwanda.

Moving to the northeast, one can see the Mikeno Volcano, Mount Bisoke and Mount Karisimbi (clockwise from left) clustered together.

 

Idjwi Island in Lake Kivu, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of the Congo

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October 11th, 2011 Category: Lakes

DRC and Rwanda - October 3rd, 2011

This orthorectified image shows Lake Kivu, one of the African Great Lakes. It lies on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. Lake Kivu empties into the Ruzizi River, which flows southwards into Lake Tanganyika.

The lake is in the Albertine (western) Rift, a part of the Great Rift Valley. The large island visible parallel to the left edge of the image is Idjwi, belonging to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. At 70 km in length and with an area of 340 km², it is the second largest inland island in Africa, and the tenth largest in the world.

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