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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.

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.

 

Volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains, DRC and Rwanda – August 10th, 2010

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August 10th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Mountains, Volcanoes

DRC and Rwanda - July 27th, 2010

This orthorectified image shows several volcanoes near the border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. All of the volcanoes are located in the Virunga Mountains.

Near the center left is Mount Nyamuragira, an active volcano that is only 13 km north-north-west of Nyiragongo, the volcano which caused extensive damage to the city of Goma in its 2002 eruption.

Mount Nyiragongo, whose main crater is flanked by two other indentations, is a stratovolcano just west of the border with Rwanda. The main crater is about two km wide and usually contains a lava lake.

Moving eastward, one comes to the Mikeno Volcano. Southeast of that peak is Mount Karisimbi, an inactive volcano on the border between Rwanda and the DRC. At 4507 m, Karisimbi is the highest of the eight major mountains of the mountain range.

Karisimbi is flanked to the east by Mount Bisoke, an extinct volcano that straddles the border of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, although the summit is located in Rwanda.

The peak furthest east, near the right edge of the image, is Mount Sabyinyo, an extinct volcano. The summit of the mountain, at 3645 m, marks the intersection of the borders of the DRC, Rwanda, and Uganda.

Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda – June 24th, 2009

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June 24th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

Rwanda - June 18th, 2009

Rwanda - June 18th, 2009

The volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains are visible along the border of Rwanda (below) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (above), northeast of Lake Kivu (bottom left).

The white area on the shore of Lake Kivu comprises two towns: Goma to the west, in the DRC, and Gisenyi to the east, in Rwanda.

About 20km north of those towns, in the DRC, is the stratovolcano Mount Nyiragongo. Three craters are visible; the main one is 250 m deep and 2 km wide.

The group of volcanoes to the northeast of Mount Nyiragongo is part of the Volcanoes National Park in northwestern Rwanda. The five peaks in a curved line, from southwest to northeast, are Karisimbi, Bisoke, Sabyinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura.

This image has been corrected for geometric distortion using the orthorectification technique, giving a precise view of the contours of the volcanoes and hills to the south.

Volcanoes in the Virunga Mountains near Lake Kivu

February 4th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Volcanoes

Volcanoes near Lake Kivu, Rwanda and Congo - January 29th, 2009

Volcanoes near Lake Kivu, Rwanda and Congo - January 29th, 2009

Lake Kivu (bottom) is one of the Great Lakes of Africa. It lies on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda.

The populated white area on the northern shore of Lake Kivu is actually two contiguous cities: Goma, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (west) and Gisenyi, in Rwanda (east).

The lake and the two cities are in the western branch of the Great Rift Valley.

This area also features many volcanoes. In fact, Goma lies only 13 to 18 km (8-11 mi) due south of the crater of the active Nyiragongo Volcano.

Mount Nyiragongo (above Goma) is a volcano in the Virunga Mountains. The main crater is 250 m deep, two km wide and sometimes contains a lava lake.

To the northwest of Nyiragongo lies another volcano, Murara. Murara was a small, short-lived, volcano that began erupting on December 23, 1976. Eruptions from Murara reduced considerably after the eruption of Mount Nyiragongo on January 10, 1977 and ended completely in April 1977.

The other cluster of volcanoes to the northeast is part of the Volcanoes National Park  in northwestern Rwanda, bordering Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda.

Also famous for its mountain gorillas, Volcanoes National Park is home to five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains: (from south to north) Karisimbi, Bisoke, Sabyinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura. These volcanoes are covered in rainforest and bamboo.

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