Kilimanjaro loaden with snow

Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro, with its three volcanic cones, Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira, is a dormant volcano in Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania and the highest mountain in Africa at 5,895 metres or 19,341 feet above sea level (the Uhuru Peak/Kibo Peak).

Kilimanjaro is a giant stratovolcano that began forming when lava spilled from the Rift Valley zone. Two of its three peaks, Mawenzi and Shira, are extinct while Kibo (the highest peak) is dormant and could erupt again. The most recent activity was recorded just 200 years ago.

Although it is dormant, Kibo has fumaroles that emit gas in the crater. Scientists concluded in 2003 that molten magma is just 400 m below the summit crater. Several collapses and landslides have occurred on Kibo in the past, one creating the area known as the Western Breach.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Kilimanjaro - 23.02.2012

Kilimanjaro

The Kilimanjaro Massif - with the highest mountain of Africa - arises in the cool, gentle light of morning.

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