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Kenya, Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest

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Location Districts of Meru, Nyeri, Kirnyaga and Embu in Eastern and Central Provinces, Kenya
Coordinates N0 7 26 E37 20 12
Property 142,020 ha
Date of Inscription 1997

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At 5,199 m, Mount Kenya is the second highest peak in Africa. It is an ancient extinct volcano, during whose period of activity (3.1–2.6 million years ago) it is thought to have risen to 6,500 m. There are 12 remnant glaciers on the mountain, all receding rapidly, and four secondary peaks that sit at the head of the U-shaped glacial valleys. With its rugged glacier-clad summits and forested middle slopes, Mount Kenya is one of the most impressive landscapes in East Africa. The evolution and ecology of its afro-alpine flora also provide an outstanding example of ecological processes.

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