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Ethiopia: Afroalpine and sub-afroalpine region

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This region mostly consists of tussock grasslands and scrub abve 4,000m altitude in the Afroalpine zone.

At these altitudes the average annual precipitation varies from 800 to 1,600mm. In the afroalpine zone the precipitation often falls in the form of snow or sleet which melts away almost immediately.

The afroalpine and the subafroalpine regions cover about 0.6% of the total area of the country.

The most extensive areas are the Simen highlands of Gonder, southwestern highlands of Welo and the highlands of northeastern Gojam in northern Ethiopia, and Bale and Arsi highlands in southeastern Ethiopia.

(Source: National Atlas of Ethiopia)


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