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Vegetation Index Around Lake Turkana, Kenya and Ethiopia

3.6N 36.0E

February 24th, 2012 Category: Vegetation Index

Ethiopia and Kenya - January 4th, 2012

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of Kenya and Ethiopia around Lake Turkana, a lake in the Kenyan Rift Valley, with its far northern end crossing into Ethiopia. It is the world’s largest permanent desert lake, and the rocks of the surrounding area are predominantly volcanic.

These features explain why the vegetation index of the area surrounding the lake is quite low (light yellow). Moving further away from the lake, however, the index becomes higher, ranging from good (green) to high (rusty red). It becomes low again in the upper right quadrant of the image, in drier parts of Ethiopia.

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