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Turkwel River Entering Lake Turkana, Kenya

1.4N 32.8E

December 10th, 2012 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Uganda and Kenya – December 4th, 2012

Several lakes can be seen by the Uganda-Kenya-Tanzania (clockwise from lower left) border area. Visible at the lower left is Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa. To its north is the irregularly shaped Lake Kyoga. In the upper right corner is Lake Turkana, colored by algal growth and sediments, some of which enter from the Turkwel River, which can be seen flowing across Kenya and into the southern part of the lake, on the western side.

Lakes Victoria, Kyoga and Albert in Uganda

0.3N 32.5E

February 29th, 2012 Category: Lakes

Uganda- January 4th, 2012

This orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image shows several lakes in Uganda: Lake Victoria (bottom), Lake Kyoga (above center) and Lake Albert (upper left corner). The city of Kampala, the capital of Uganda and the largest city in the country, can be seen as a white area by the northern shores of Lake Victoria.

Lake Victoria is an African Great Lake and the largest lake on the continent by surface area, at 68,800 square kilometres (26,600 sq mi). It is the second largest freshwater lake by surface area in the world. Lake Kyoga is a large shallow lake complex of Uganda, about 1,720 km2 (660 sq mi) in area and at an elevation of 914 m. The Victoria Nile flows through the lake on its way from Lake Victoria to Lake Albert. Lake Albert is another one of the African Great Lakes – the seventh-largest lake in Africa, at about 160 km (100 mi) long and 30 km (19 mi) wide, with a maximum depth of 51 m (168 ft).

Lakes Turkana and Kyoga and Mount Elgon, Uganda and Kenya – December 31st, 2011

3.6N 36.0E

December 31st, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Volcanoes

Uganda and Kenya - December 29th, 2011

The image focuses on Lake Turkana, formerly known as Lake Rudolf, is a lake in the Great Rift Valley in Kenya, with its far northern end crossing into Ethiopia. Here, sediments and algal growth turn the lake’s color from tan in the north to green and then a dark, bluish green in the south.

It is the world’s largest permanent desert lake and the world’s largest alkaline lake. The rocks of the surrounding area are predominantly volcanic. Central Island is an active volcano, emitting vapors. Outcrops and rocky shores are found on the East and South shores of the lake, while dunes, spits and flats are on the West and North, at a lower elevation.

Visible at the bottom edge of the image are Lake Kyoga, a large shallow lake complex of Uganda, and Mount Elgon, an extinct shield volcano on the border of Uganda and Kenya. It is the oldest and largest solitary volcano in East Africa, covering an area of around 3500 km². Lake Kyoga has an area of about 1,720 km2. The Victoria Nile flows through the lake on its way from Lake Victoria to Lake Albert.

Lakes Victoria, Kyoga and Albert in East-Central Africa

1.4N 33.0E

August 4th, 2010 Category: Lakes

Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania - July 17th, 2010

Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania - July 17th, 2010

Several lakes can be observed in this image of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania: Lake Victoria, which covers the majority of the image, Lake Kyoga (above the former) and part of Lake Albert (top left corner). The Victoria Nile flows through Lake Kyoga on its way from Lake Victoria to Lake Albert.

Lake Victoria is the largest lake on the African continent, with a surface area of 68,800 square kilometres (26,600 sq mi). Lake Kyoga, on the other hand, is significantly smaller, at about 1,720 km² (664 square miles) in area.

Lake Turkana and Lake Kyoga near the Kenya-Uganda Border – March 9th, 2009

March 9th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Volcanoes

Kenya - March 5th, 2009

Kenya - March 5th, 2009

Close-up of Lake Turkana

Close-up of Lake Turkana

Two lakes are located near the border between Kenya (right) and Uganda (left).

Lake Turkana is on the Kenyan side, located in the Great Rift Valley, with its far northern end crossing into Ethiopia.

It is the world’s largest permanent desert lake and the world’s largest alkaline lake. By volume it is the world’s fourth largest salt lake.

The rocks of the surrounding area are predominantly volcanic. Outcrops and rocky shores are found on the east and south shores of the lake, while dunes, spits and flats are on the West and North, at a lower elevation.

In the close-up, water movement through sediments creates a ripple-pattern on the surface.

Close-up of Lake Kyoga

Close-up of Lake Kyoga

On the Ugandan side, Lake Kyoga has an area of about 1,720 km² and is at an elevation of 914 m. The lake reaches its maximum depth at about 5.7 meters, although most of it is less than 4 m in depth.

Lake Kyoga is surrounded by extensive wetlands fed by a complex system of streams and rivers. Dark green algae is present throughout much of the lake, although the particularly bright green patches along the shoreline in the shallowest areas may be from mats of water lilies, papyrus and/or water hyacinth.

Due east of Lake Kyoga stands Mount Elgon, an extinct shield volcano on the border of Uganda and Kenya. It is the oldest and largest solitary volcano in East Africa, covering an area of around 3500 km².

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