Lake Rukwa in Tanzania •

Last update: October 1st, 2020 at 2:00 pm

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features Lake Rukwa in the East African country of Tanzania.

Spanning an area of about 1,000 square miles, Rukwa is one of the smaller lakes that has formed in the East African Rift, which is essentially a fracture in the Earth that widens over time. 

According to NASA, lakes in this rift area occupy deep depressions in Earth’s crust.

The image was captured in March of 2020 by an astronaut onboard the International Space Station.

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory




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