"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)

3.10.2006

oh they tell me of an uncloudy day

Lake Kivu at sunset last night was so lovely - the winds were high and the water was very choppy as the sun turned pink in the west. Very rare that we actually see a sunset. Of course I didn't have my camera, but here's a picture of how clear the lake is on a calm day. Due to the buildup of methane gas under the tectonic plate in the lake (that scientists think will eventually kill all 2 million people living in the lake basin unless someone spends millions of dollars to vent the lake), there are no crocodiles or hippos in Lake Kivu, unlike the rest of Africa's Great Lakes region. Lucky us?

Here is a really cool NASA satellite image of Lake Kivu. Goma is at the northern end, on the border with Rwanda, but you could see how it kindof doesn't make sense that there's a border there (the border is the superimposed black line you can see in the upper right-hand corner of the shot). Thank-you, Berlin Conference of 1884-85. The pointless maneuvering that began there created the preconditions for most of the problems in the Lake Kivu region today.

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