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Lake Natron (2193602)

Tanzania

CWAC status REGISTERED-COUNTED IRREGULARLY
Authority TAWIRI
Management status Ramsar site
Conservation status Lake Natron has no national protection status
IBA information
Ramsar information
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Date_registered
2016-10-24
Brief_description
Lake Natron is a salt and soda lake in the Arusha Region of northern Tanzania. The lake is close to the Kenyan border and is in the Gregory Rift, which is the eastern branch of the East African Rift. Lake Natron is a shallow highly-saline lake in a closed basin on the floor of the Eastern Rift Valley. It is 1,540 km2, but only 50 cm deep. The IBA is also a Ramsar Site (wetland of international importance).
Hydrological_features
The lake is fed principally by the Southern Ewaso Ng'iro River and Ndasegera River, which rises in central Kenya.
Ecological_features
Lake Natron is world famous for its breeding Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor, of which about half a million pairs regularly visit the lake for nesting and raising their young. There are also large numbers of other waterbirds, both migratory and resident.

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