Lake Turkana

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Turkana, Lake,

c.2,500 sq mi (6,475 sq km), NW Kenya and SW Ethiopia, E Africa, in the Great Rift Valley; alt. 1,230 ft (375 m). Surrounded by desolate, volcanic mountains, the 170-mi-long (274-km) alkaline lake is the focus of interior drainage and has no outlet; it is becoming increasingly saline. The Omo River, in Ethiopia, supplies most of the lake's water; development of the river for hydropower and irrigation has reduced inflow. Fishing and tourism are economically important. Nearby is Kanapoi, an archaeological site with 4.1-million-year-old australopithecine fossils. It was formerly known as Lake Rudolf.
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Scientists under ILBM have been holding a series of conferences supported by The International Lake Environment Committee (ILEC) to deliberate on matters surrounding degradation of lakes.SEVEN LAKESThe researchers are currently focusing on seven lakes which are Nakuru, Baringo, Nyanza Gulf, Turkana, Lake Jipe, Chala and Lake Kenyatta.
Maasai Mara, Amboseli, Tsavo, Samburu, Buffalo Springs, Shaba, Lake Baringo, Lake Turkana, Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha andNairobi National Park were among the most popular, together with private sanctuaries."If we plan well as a nation, we have no reason why Kenya cannot beat Israel, Morocco, South Africa, Egypt or any other country in terms of visitors," said Mr Tunai.