Over Kilimanjaro

October 25, 2004


Provided by: Francisco A. Rodriguez Ramirez, AstroEduca
Summary authors & editors: Francisco A. Rodriguez Ramirez; Jim Foster

The photo above showing the snow capped Mt. Kilimanjaro was captured on July 26, 2004 on a flight between Nairobi (Kenya) and Zanzibar Island (Tanzania). Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and one of the few peaks on the continent to retain glaciers. Nonetheless, it can be scaled by inexperienced climbers. Kilimanjaro, also referred to as Kilima Dscharo, Oldoinyo Oibor (white mountain in Masai), and Kilima Njaro (shining mountain in Swahili), is a huge stratovolcano reaching an elevation of 19,335.6 ft. (5,895 m). Kibo Summit is the highest and youngest volcanic cone. See also the Earth Science Picture of the Day for September 15, 2004.

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