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The drainage systems of Ethiopia

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The drainage systems of Ethiopia can be classified as follows:-

Drainage area A
This is an area which comprises four important river basins, the Mereb, Tekeze, Abay and Baro. Following the general slope of the land westward, all except the Mereb drain to the Nile and thus to the Mediterranean.

The best known Ethiopian river, the Abay (the Blue Nile) together with the Tekeze and Baro is also part of the Nile system. Among the river basins under drainage are A, the Abay has the largest catchment area and the Mereb the smallest.

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Drainage and river basins

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Ethiopia is naturally endowed with rivers of considerable number and size. The major rivers are international. They flow beyond the boundaries of the country to the arid regions of neighbouring countries carrying not only water, but also fertile soil.

Most parts of Ethiopia are drained by major rivers flowing eventually into the ocean (exoreic drainage). Therefore the western parts of the country are drained by major rivers like the Abay, Baro and Tekeze; and also the south-eastern region is drained by the Wabi Shebele and the Genale.

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The lakes of Ethiopia

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The lakes of Ethiopia fall into two groups: Rift Valley lakes and highland lakes. Most of them are located in the rift valley where there are eight lakes varying in size and depth.

The largest of these is Abaya and the smallest is Awasa. All these lakes are habitats for a great variety of fish and birds.

Lake Abijata has flamingoes and lakes Ziway and Abaya have hippopotamus and crocodiles. Lake Langano, which is only about 210km away from Addis Abeba, is the most used of all the lakes, and has developed into a weekend resort.

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