The Rift-Valley and its Lakes
The Great Rift Valley
The reat Rift Valley, which extends from the Middle East to Mozambique, passes right through Ethiopia, endowing the country with some spectacular features that range from hot, dey, and barren places to a string of beautiful lakes.
Volcanic activity, which greatly contributed to the formation of the Rift Valley continues up to present times.
In Ethiopia, it finds expression in the presence of hot springs in many parts of the country, as well as volcanic cones in the Danakil Depression in the north-east.
Much further south between and far below the two escarpments, lie the glittering watery jewels of Lake Awasa, Lake Shala, Lake Abijatta, Lake Langano and Lake Ziway: Ethiopia's Rift Valley riviera.
The lake - around 21 meters deep and 62 kms in circumference - teems with a great variety of fish and, as elsewhere in the Rift Valley, many species of birds.
The 4000m high Arsi mountain in the east of Langano provide a lovely stage behind which the morning sun rises.
Five islans dot the surface of the lake; at least three of these were sites of medieval churches.
|Acknowledgement: This web site contains some excerpts from the various publications of the Ethiopian Tourism Commission.
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