Image of the week: Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro

Image: JAXA/ESA.

This false-colour image of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania highlights the rich vegetation (in red) on the lower slopes of the mountain, as well as along nearby rivers and in agricultural areas in southern Kenya, the area to the north and northeast of the mountain.

At 5,895 metres above sea level, this dormant volcano is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest freestanding mountain in the world. Kilimanjaro is a critical water catchment area for both Tanzania and neighbouring Kenya. However the mountain’s three peaks have lost up to 80 per cent of their ice and snow covering in the last century, which along with deforestation has depleted nearby rivers, affecting forestry and agriculture in the region.

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