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Lake Turkana - The Jade Sea

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altLake Turkana also know as Jade sea is both the world's largest  permanent desert lake and largest alkaline lake, and is found in the north of Kenya's Rift Valley lakes and it is known to be packed with large Nile crocodiles, thousands of them. It is also a paleontologists dream come true, as early hominid remains continue to be unearthed around Koobi Fora. It has a deeply-rooted history stretching back thousands of years, and many parts of the Lake and surrounding area have been the location for excavation expeditions to uncover fossils.

Located 400 miles north of Nairobi with the Lake’s northern side stretching into Ethiopia , Lake Turkana isn't exactly in the midst of everything. Though located in the desert, Lake Turkana can have surprisingly strong wind bursts and storms that come up quickly. On-shore and off-shore winds can be extremely strong as the lake warms and cools more slowly than the land. Sudden, violent storms are frequent. These conditions make it a popular spot for outdoor enthusiasts who want a change of pace. And It's no smooth ride even to get to the Lake, as the road reaching the eastern shore is very bumpy and hardly a road at times.

With its location deep in the African desert, Kenya’s Lake Turkana typically attracts adventure travellers who want to trek the rugged terrain in the Great Rift Valley, although many curious minds come out to the edge of Lake Turkana to see what it's all about. The shores of the Lake are rugged and rocky, requiring the same type of shoes visitors would wear for hiking.
The Lake is about 200 miles long and 40 miles across at its widest point, and with its salt and alkaline makeup, the water of Lake Turkana is certainly not for drinking. It's often referred to as the Jade Sea because of its unique tint resulting from surface
Three rivers Omo, Turkwel and Kerio flow into the lake, but lacking outflow its only water loss is by evaporationisitors aren't typically going to come across it unless they are on a long safari. The park boundaries extend a kilometer into the lake so encompassing many of Turkana's huge population of Nile crocodile. Turkana's crocodile population, which numbers around 12,000 is the largest single surviving community

 


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