The African Great Lakes, satellite image

The African Great Lakes, satellite image

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Caption: African Great Lakes. Satellite radar image showing portions of three of the lakes (black) of the African part of the Great Rift Valley. North is at top. The Great Rift Valley is a geological fault system stretching from south-western Asia into East Africa. The series of lakes in and around the African part of the Great Rift Valley are known as the Great Lakes of Africa. Lake Edward (top), Lake Kivu (middle) and Lake Tanganyika (bottom), are all found in the Western Rift. Lake Tanganyika is estimated to be the second largest freshwater lake in the world (by volume) and the second deepest. Image acquired by Envisat's Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar (ASAR) instrument on 24 September 2007.

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