This image shows the East African nations of Ethiopia, Eritrea, and
Somalia, as well as portions of Kenya, Sudan, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia.
Dominating the scene are the green Ethiopian Highlands. With altitudes as
high as 4,620 meters (15,157 feet), the highlands pull moisture from the
arid air, resulting in relatively lush vegetation. In fact, coffeeone
of the worlds most prized cropsoriginated here. To the north
(above) the highlands is Eritrea, which became independent in 1993. East
(right) of Ethiopia is Somalia, jutting out into the Indian Ocean.
The Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) captured this
true-color image on November 29, 2000.