Back to Basecamp... Back to Basecamp...

Images Home
Help & info

Log me on automatically next visit?
Forgot password

7 Images

Pictures and eCards of the 7summits: Safari

Home>Safari>NgoroNgoro crater from space shuttle  Rating: 2.21 (20 Vote(s))


NgoroNgoro crater from space shuttle (n/a)

Description: Ngorongoro Crater, the world?s largest caldera that does not contain a lake, is northeast of the forest-covered slopes of Oldeani Volcano (center of the photograph) in this near-vertical photograph. Ngorongoro, which means "huge hole," covers 125 square miles (325 square kilometers) and is 12 miles (20 kilometers) in diameter. Although now dormant, Oldeani Volcano, 10 457 feet (3188 meters) above sea level, was a huge volcanic mountain estimated to be 14 760 feet (4500 meters) above sea level that erupted approximately 3 million years ago and collapsed into the empty magma chamber beneath the crust, leaving a gigantic caldera. The rim of the caldera is nearly 2000 feet (600 meters) above the crater floor, which is a vast grassland with scattered trees and some small freshwater lakes and ponds. A large salt lake (whitish area) has water levels that fluctuate from season to season and year to year. The crater floor is a mecca for abundant wildlife, including wildebeests, gazelles, zebras, lions, hyenas, and cheetahs. Visible southwest of Oldeani Volcano is the northern portion of Lake Eyasi, a large soda lake, the water levels of which also fluctuate from season to season and year to year. All the features in this photograph are part of the Great Rift Valley of eastern Africa.

(from the Nasa site)
Keywords: ngorongoro, space, safari
Added by: 7summits Date: 11.09.2002 16:06
Hits: 27444 Rating: Rating: 2.21 (20 Vote(s)) 2.21 (20Vote(s))


Comments:  (add one yourself below)


On my two visits to Ngorongoro, I was struck by the phenomenal beauty of the crater/caldera and the sense of timelessness and tranquility that it exudes. Visits can differ greatly in terms of animals seen, routes followed, impressions gained, and I can't imagine I will ever cease to hope for yet another opportunity to go and spend time in such a paradisical environment![list]
08.12.2003 10:40   David


Ngorongoro was an indescribable spectacle of beauty I hope to revisit with my family someday. It was unbelievable the plethora of animals we were able to view from the lions, the rhino (white and black!), the mass of wildebeest, the lazy hyenas, to the protective instincts of a water buffalo mother fending of a persistent lion. An amazing place everyone should visit in their lifetime!!!
30.11.2004 19:36   Andrew

<< Previous image: <<

prev image:  Palm tree in Mto Wa Mbu Palm tree in Mto Wa Mbu

>> Next image: >>

Next image:  Wildebeast Wildebeast