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The south eastern highlands

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The south-eastern highlands include the highlands of Sidamo, Bale, Arsi and Harerge. The highlands in this region are made up of volcanic rocks, but where the rivers cut deep, crystalline rocks are exposed.

The South Eastern Highlands have high mountains on their western rim, but no clear-cut boundary to the east, for they have a continuous slope running from the highest peak, Mt. Batu (4,308 metres), towards the south-east lowlands.

The areas of higher land are separated by the Wabe Shebele and the Genale rivers and their tributaries. Within the areas of higher elevation are found remnant, flat-topped tablelands known as ‘Ambas’ and jagged peaks isolated by river-eroded gorges and ravines.

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The western highlands

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The western highlands are massive with an average height of 2000-25000m. They slope gradually to the west and terminate in extended lowlands starting from Tigray Administrative Region to the southern part of Gamo Gofa.

The highlands include many sub-divisions or blocks separated by the deep, steep-sided valleys of the major rivers.

For example, the Tekeze separates the Tigray and Gonder massifs; the Blue Nile divides the Gojam, Shewa-Welega massifs; the Omo river separates the Kefa and Shewa-Gamo Gofa massifs. The elevations of the escarpments are lower towards the west, but are high and steep towards the Rift Valley in the east.

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