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No: The highest and lowest points in Africa aren't found in Ethiopia

Avatar: Hagos Gebreamlak
Hagos GebreamlakOctober 1, 2021
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No: The highest and lowest points in Africa aren't found in Ethiopia

A social media post on Facebook and Telegram channel by the going by the so-called name Business Info Ethiopia ቢዝነስ ኢንፎ ኢትዮጵያ claimed that the highest and lowest points in Africa are found in Ethiopia. 

The post states that the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia are the peak or the highest point in Africa. It added that the Danakil Depression is the lowest point in Africa.

Ethiopia has a variety of geographical landscapes from mountains to valleys. Mount Ras Dashen, found in the range of Simien Mountains, in the northern part of the country, is the highest point in Ethiopia at 4,620 meters high above sea level.

On the other hand, the lowest point in Ethiopia is the Danakil Depression, found in the Afar triangle. The depression is part of the East African Rift which stretches from Jordan to Mozambique. The Danakil Depression is found 125 meters below sea level.

However the highest and the lowest points in Africa are not found in Ethiopia.

The highest peak in Africa is Mount Kilimanjarofound in Tanzania. The mountain is 5,895 meters high above sea level.

Lake Assal found in Djibouti is the lowest place in Africa which is 155 meters below sea level. The location is part of the Afar triangle that overlaps Djibouti, Eritrea, and Ethiopia. The lowest points of Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Djibouti are found in the triangular depression.

Therefore, HaqCheck refuted the claim that states both the highest and lowest points in Africa are found in Ethiopia and confirmed that the claim is inaccurate. Hence, HaqCheck rated the post as FALSE.

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A PIECE BYHagos Gebreamlak

Hagos has a BA degree in Political Science and International Relations from Addis Ababa University. He worked for Addis Fortune (Independent News & Media Plc) as a reporter. Hagos is currently working as a fact-checker at Addis Zeybe.