Lake Turkana

Lake Turkana​

Lake Turkana, located in northern Kenya, is the worlds largest permanent desert lake. It also has an active volcanic island within its shores. The lake is home to 11 endemic fish species including Haplochromis macconneli, H. rudolfianus and H. turkanae. Your won't find these fish on any price lists. You'd be hard-pressed to even find a picture. So when Ethiopia decided to dam the Omo River, chances of seeing these fish just got even harder. The Omo River feeds into Lake Turkana and the dam is expected to have a devastating impact on the lake's ecology. There are plans to release water from the dam periodically to imitate natural flood cycles, but an independent commission wasn't convinced that it would be enough to save the lake. For more on this story, visit indepthAfrica.com.