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In fact, it's not really a crater it's a caldera, a collapsed volcano. The crater (we still call it a crater) has a diameter of 19km, it is about 600m deep. The bottom is flat, almost treeless and filled with some small creeks and lakes.
is thought to have formed about 2.5 million years ago from a large
volcano whose cone collapsed inward after a major eruption, leaving the
present vast, unbroken caldera as its landmark.
The crater is loaded with game. Gazelles, zebra's, elephants,
hyena's, buffalo's, hippos, lions and many many birds including
ostriches. Only the giraffe is not present. The steep pathway down into
the crater forbids this tall legged animal to descend.
The area was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979. (See http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/39 for details.)
Part or or all of this text stems from the original article at: world66
July 10, 2005 change by wbenton