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Fires in Sudan, Ethiopia and Uganda

8.3N 30.7E

January 29th, 2011 Category: Fires

Ethiopia - January 17th, 2011

Smoke covers the right side of this image, along the Ethiopia-Sudan border. In the full image, a cluster of fires can be seen in or near the Boma National Park, in Sudan close to the Ethiopian border. These fires are releasing smoke towards the north-northwest.

In the lower part of the fulll image, other fires can be seen further south, in Uganda, near Lake Albert. The smoke from these fires is blowing in the opposite direction, towards the south-southeast.

Finally, even more fires can be seen around the Sudd, is a vast swamp in southern Sudan that appears here as a large green area. The fires, both in, just east and just west of the Sudd are releasing smoke towards the southwest.

Kampala, Capital of Uganda, on Shores of Lake Victoria – July 31st, 2010

July 31st, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Uganda and Tanzania - August 3rd, 2010

Uganda and Tanzania - August 3rd, 2010

This APM image stretches from the northern to the southern shore of Lake Victoria, one of the African Great Lakes. The lake occupies a shallow depression in the East African Plateau, and is divided between three countries: Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

Visible along its northern shores as a bright yellow area is Kampala, the largest city and capital of Uganda. Kampala is said to be built on seven hills, and although this is not quite accurate, the city is indeed located at higher altitudes.

In fact, Kampala features a tropical wet and dry climate, however due to city’s higher altitudes, average temperatures are noticeably cooler than what is typically seen in other cities with this type of climate.

Irregular Shape of Lake Victoria, Chief Reservoir of Nile

1.2S 32.7E

June 22nd, 2010 Category: Lakes

Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya - June 10th, 2010

Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya - June 10th, 2010

Most of Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa and chief reservoir of the Nile, extends outwards from the left edge of this image. The lake lies mainly in Tanzania (below) and Uganda (above) but also borders on Kenya (eastern shores).

Among the freshwater lakes of the world it is exceeded in size only by Lake Superior in North America, its area being 26,828 square miles (69,484 square km).

An irregular quadrilateral in shape, its shores, save on the west, are deeply indented. Its greatest length from north to south is 210 miles (337 km), its greatest breadth 150 miles (240 km). Its coastline exceeds 2,000 miles (3,220 km).

Upon opening the full image, Lake Turkana is visible to the north. While Lake Victoria appears navy blue and mostly clear of sediments and algae, Lake Turkana is colored green and rusty red.

Lake Edward and Nearby Rivers, Democratic Republic of the Congo

0.3S 29.6E

April 7th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Democratic Republic of the Congo - March 5th, 2010

Democratic Republic of the Congo - March 5th, 2010

Sun glint causes Lake Edward to appear silvery white and nearby rivers to look like white lightning bolts zig-zagging across the lush green landscape of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Lake Edward is located in the western Great Rift Valley, on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda, with its northern shore a few kilometers south of the Equator. It is the smallest of the African Great Lakes.

Lake Edward lies at an elevation of 920 metres, is 77 km long by 40 km wide at its maximum points, and covers a total surface area of 2,325 km² (the 15th largest on the continent).

It is fed by the Nyamugasani, the Ishasha, the Rutshuru, and the Rwindi rivers. It empties to the north via the Semliki River into Lake Albert. Lake George to the northeast empties into Lake Edward via the Kazinga Channel.

The western escarpment of the Great Rift Valley towers up to 2000 m above the western shore of the lake. The southern and eastern shores are flat lava plains. The Ruwenzori Mountains lie 20 km north of the lake.

Lake Victoria and Neighboring Lakes in East Africa

1.2S 32.7E

March 29th, 2010 Category: Lakes

Uganda and Tanzania - March 5th, 2010

Uganda and Tanzania - March 5th, 2010

Lake Victoria or Victoria Nyanza (also known as Ukerewe, Nalubaale, Sango, or Lolwe) is one of the African Great Lakes. At 68,800 square kilometres (26,600 sq mi), it is the continent’s largest lake, and the largest tropical lake in the world. Here, Lake Victoria occupies much of the image, although Lake Nyoga, Lake Albert and Lake Edward are visible to the north, northwest and west, respectively.

Lake Victoria occupies a shallow depression in the East African Plateau, and has a maximum depth of 84 metres (280 ft) and an average depth of 20 metres (66 ft). Its catchment area covers 184,000 square kilometres (71,040 sq mi).

The lake has a shoreline of some 4,828 kilometres (3,000 mi), with islands constituting some 3.7% of this length, and is divided between three countries: Kenya (6% or 4,100 km2/1,600 sq mi), Uganda (45% or 31,000 km2/12,000 sq mi) and Tanzania (49% or 33,700 km2/13,000 sq mi).