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Surud Mountains and Shebelle River in Somalia and Ethiopia – December 25th, 2010

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December 25th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Mountains, Rivers

Somalia and Ethiopia - December 22nd, 2010

Much of the terrain of Somalia and eastern Ethiopia’s Somali Region visible in this image appears rusty red in color, although some sandy tan colored areas can be observed in Somalia to the northeast.

The seemingly narrow green line parallel to the coast along the Gulf of Aden is Somalia’s Surud Mountain Range. The light green line cutting diagonally northwest to southeast across the lower left quadrant is the Shebelle River, which begins in the highlands of Ethiopia, and then flows southeast into Somalia towards Mogadishu.

Shebelle River Reaching from Ethiopia to Somalian Coast

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February 24th, 2010 Category: Rivers

Somalia - February 16th, 2010

Somalia - February 16th, 2010

The Shebelle River begins in the highlands of Ethiopia, and then flows southeast into Somalia towards Mogadishu. Near Mogadishu it turns sharply southwest, where it follows the coast.

This arch is clearly visible here, reaching from Ethiopia in the upper left corner to the Somalian coast just right of the image center. The river and surrounding valley appear greenish in color, in contrast with the reddish brown hues of the rest of the surrounding landscape.

Below Mogadishu the river becomes seasonal. Most years the river dries up near the mouth of the Jubba River, while in seasons of heavy rainfall the river actually reaches the Jubba and thus the Indian Ocean.

Ogaden Plateau and Shebelle River, Ethiopia

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June 19th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Ethiopia - June 3rd, 2009

Ethiopia - June 3rd, 2009

The Shebelle River rises in the Ethiopian Highlands and flows southeast through the arid Ogaden Plateau (right), then into Somalia.

Here, the western border of the Ogaden Plateau is visible. The plateau has an elevation above sea level that ranges from 1,500 meters in the northwest, falling to about 300 meters along the southern limits and the Wabi Shebelle valley.

The areas with altitudes between 1400 and 1600 meters are characterized as semi-arid, which is evident from observing the golden tan terrain here, receiving as much as 500-600 mm of rainfall annually. More typical of the Ogaden is an average annual rainfall of 350 mm and less.

The landscape consists of dense shrubland, bush grassland and bare hills. In more recent years, the Ogaden has suffered from increasingly erratic rainfall patterns, which has led to an increasing frequency of major droughts.

The Shebelle River, Ethiopia and Somalia

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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.

Diverse Terrain in Ethiopia and Somalia – November 19th, 2008

November 19th, 2008 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Ethiopia and Somalia - November 18th, 2008

Ethiopia and Somalia - November 18th, 2008

In this clear image of part of Africa, we can see Ethiopia and Somalia. The Shebelle River (meaning Leopard/Tiger River in the Somali language) runs through those two countries, to the Indian Ocean, visible in the lower right corner.

The Shebelle 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. Near Mogadishu it turns sharply southwest, where it follows the coast.

Below Mogadishu the river becomes seasonal. Most years the river dries up near the mouth of the Jubba River, while in seasons of heavy rainfall the river actually reaches the Jubba and thus the Indian Ocean.

In our image, taken after the end of the rainy season, the river appears to be drying up near the Indian Ocean, though it is still plainly visible further inland.

In the image we can also observe the great diversity of terrain in Ethiopia, from the red deserts on the eastern border, to the green tropical forests to the southwest.

There 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.

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