The Horn of Africa •

Last update: October 24th, 2020 at 1:00 pm

The Horn of Africa is an arid to semi-arid peninsula sitting on the northeastern edge of the continent of Africa. The triangle shape of the peninsula resembles the horn of a Black Rhinoceros, a formidable creature that once called this region home.

The Horn of Africa is made up of Somalia, which occupies strips of land along the northern coast (along the Gulf of Aden) as well as the eastern coast which lies along the Indian Ocean. Ethiopia lies inland to Somalia, while Djibouti sits on the coast to the north of Somalia. Further north along the coast, although not visible in this image, lies Eritrea.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Terra satellite captured this true-color image of the Horn of Africa on September 16, 2016.


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