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Lake Naivasha, Kenya
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Lake Naivasha, Kenya

 (JPG) Lake Naivasha, Kenya (451,319 bytes) ( 1,666 x 1,772 )
If you live in Europe and buy roses, there is a good chance that they were grown in Kenya‘«Ųspecifically, in one of the colossal greenhouses that blot out the once wild shores of Lake Naivasha, 90km north-west of Nairobi. Some 25% of Europe‘«÷s cut flowers come from Kenya. After a tentative start in the 1980s the industry is now the country‘«÷s third-largest foreign-currency earner, bringing in $120m a year. But the recent violence in Kenya is having a major impact on the flower growers. A local trade union says 3,000 of the 30,000 workers employed in Naivasha‘«÷s flower farms have abandoned their jobs. Kenya emerged as a flower power when Israel scaled down its own industry. It has since lost business to neighboring Ethiopia, which offers tax breaks and better security, but Naivasha‘«÷s perfect intensity of sunlight and days of near-constant length should keep it on top. The ASTER image was acquired February 2, 2008, covers an area of 25 x 26.6 km, and is located near 0.8 degrees south latitude, 36.4 degrees east longitude.

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Lake Naivasha, Kenya Lake Naivasha, Kenya
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Please give credit for these images to:
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and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team

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