Lake Tanganyika Tanzania
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Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania

January 18, 2006
These two images show Lake Tanganyika, the deepest fresh water lake in the world, on the border between Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The images were captured by Envisat's Advanced Along-Track Scanning Radiometer and are displayed in the same bands. The only difference in the images is that the image on the left was taken in April at the during the rainy season, the second during much drier July.

The area is governed by two monsoons, the first from December to March, and the second, from March to May. It's during this second monsoon bringing heavy rains when this first image was taken. This is reflected in the image, the rains bringing more lush healthy vegetation to the area. In comparison to the July image where the increased redness is a reflection of a more barren landscape brought on by the drier climate.

Technical Information:
  • Satellite: Envisat
  • Instrument: AATSR
  • Acquisition: 11-Apr-2002
  • Orbit nr: 00590
  • Center coordinates: lat. -6.00, lon. 28.75

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