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Lake Turkana National Parks
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Type of site: Natural
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Date of Inscription: 1997, 2001
Location: Africa, Kenya, Lake Turkana
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Description: Turkana, being the most saline among African larger lakes, is an exceptional laboratory for the study of plant and animal communities. Waterfowl employ the three National Parks as a stopover during their migrations, and the Nile crocodile, hippopotamus and an array of venomous snakes have established the area as their major breeding grounds. Rich in mammalian, molluscan and other fossil remains, the Koobi Fora deposits have played a larger role towards the understanding of paleo-environments than any other place on the continent. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Lake Turkana National Parks is a group of three national parks located in Kenya. It was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 and expanded in 2001. Reasons for the park's importance include its use as a stopping point for migratory birds, as a breeding ground for the Nile crocodile, hippopotamus, and snakes. It also contains fossils in the Koobi Fora deposits which are unique in the world. Lake Turkana National Parks consist of Sibiloi National Park and two islands on Lake Turkana. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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