Nabiyotum Crater in Lake Turkana – A Geological Wonder

Lake Turkana is one those lakes of the world which carry various honors and records. Before disclosing these credits on behalf of Lake Turkana, it is necessary to unveil the historical name of this lake that was “Lake Rudolf”. The territory in which this lake is located is called “Kenyan Rift Valley”. From north to south, Kenyan Rift Valley runs through Kenya while towards northern end, it met with Ethiopia.

An aerial view of Nabiyotum Crater in Lake Turkanan

The world-famous appreciations on the record of Lake Turkana depict that it is not only the world’s largest alkaline lake, but the world’s largest enduring desert lake as well. With respect to volume, it ranks fourth-largest salt lake of the world. The first three are Caspian Sea, Issyk-Kul and Lake Van. The overall ranking of Lake Turkana is 24th among all the lakes of the world with respect to area. The water is clean, but does not hold pleasant taste. An affluent lacustrine wildlife is also the beauty of Lake Turkana. The atmosphere of world’s largest alkaline lake is very dry.

Different lakes are famous all over the world due to different reasons. Here, the reason behind fame of this lake is its wild character that it maintains thanks to suitable temperature and geographic aloofness. Lake Turkana National Parks have been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are three famous National Parks lie in the territory of Lake Turkana; the first one is Sibiloi National Park while the other two are Central Island National Park and South Island National Park.

The area of first discussed National Park is the eastern shore of lake. On the contrary, the remaining two National Parks lie in the lake and famous all over the world for their crocodiles. Due to the plenty of hominid fossils, many anthropologists have declared the Lake Turkana as the cradle of humankind.

On the planes of Lake Turkana, Nile crocodiles are present in huge quantity. The rocky shores are the dwelling of famous snake specie of that area i.e., carpet vipers as well as the scorpions. Though, the lake and it branches are admired for journey of every type under the protection of rangers and practiced persons, but definitely it is considered dangerous for fresh tourists.

In the Lake Turkana, there is the Nabuyatom Crater that is undoubtedly, a geological wonder of that lake. In real sense, it is a caldera or the remains of a warped volcano. The Nabuyatom Crater was discovered by the Photographer Martin Harvey during an aerial view of Lake Turkana. According to Martin Harvey “That was the lucky time for me when I was escorted with patrons on elite helicopter safaris in Botswana, Namibia and Kenya. I took some photographs of Nabuyatom Crater which surprised me a lot.”

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