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May 29, 2005
One of the most renowned regions in Africa, the Serengeti is covered in grasslands and woodlands that every year are host to over 1.6 million migrating herbivores. Wildebeest, zebras, gazelles, and buffalo all visit the plains, shown here in this true-color Terra MODIS image acquired on April 25, 2005. Between Lake Victoria to the northeast, ruby-red Lake Natron on the Tanzania-Kenya border, and Lake Eyasi to the south, the Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest on the planet. Its climate, vegetation, and fauna have changed little over the millennia, and some of the oldest hominid fossils are to be found in Oldupai Gorge (more commonly known as Olduvai Gorge). A handful of large fires are marked here in bright red, though only a couple of them are sending up plumes of smoke large enough to be seen in this image.

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