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Green Waters of Lake Tana, Ethiopia

12.1N 37.3E

April 25th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Mountains

Ethiopia - April 15th, 2011

Ethiopia’s Lake Tana (lower left quadrant) appears bright green due to the growth of algae and the presence of sediments.

Another lake, an artificial reservoir near the town of Ozentari, in the upper right quadrant, appears darker blue although some sediments can be observed in its waters in the full image.

West of the reservoir are the Semien Mountains, whose contours stand out against the landscape of the rest of the image, although the entire area is in fact located in the Ethiopian Highlands.

Lake Tana Near Semien Mountains, Ethiopia – January 28th, 2011

12.0N 37.3E

January 28th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Mountains

Ethiopia - January 16th, 2011

Lake Tana (lower left quadrant), in the Ethiopian highlands, appears bright green due to sediments and algal growth. The Lesser Abay River flows into the lake by the dark green notch on the southwestern shores. Lake Tana, in turn, gives origin to the Blue Nile River.

Visible to the northeast of the lake are the Semien Mountains, in northern Ethiopia, northeast of Gondar. The mountains consist of plateaux separated by valleys and rising to pinnacles. The tallest peak is Ras Dashen (4,543 m); other notable heights include Mounts Biuat (4,437 m) and Abba Yared (4,460 m).

Ethiopia, from Mountains to Desert to Tropical Forest

9.0N 38.7E

July 31st, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Ethiopia - June 3rd, 2009

Ethiopia - June 3rd, 2009

Ethiopia, the world’s 27th-largest country, has an area of 435,071 square miles (1,127,127 kmĀ²). Most of the country lies on the Horn of Africa, which is the eastern-most part of the African landmass. Bordering Ethiopia is Sudan to the west, Djibouti and Eritrea to the north, Somalia to the east, and Kenya to the south.

Within Ethiopia is a massive 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.

The topography of Ethiopia ranges from several very high mountain ranges (the Semien Mountains and the Bale Mountains), to one of the lowest areas of land in Africa, the Danakil depression. This great diversity of terrain determines wide variations in climate, soils, natural vegetation, and settlement patterns.

Ethiopia is an ecologically diverse country, ranging from the deserts along the eastern border to the tropical forests in the south to extensive Afromontane in the northern and southwestern parts.

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