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Introduction to Kenya
Kenya is considered by many today to be the heartland of East Africa. It has a total area of approximately 580,000 km2, making it slightly smaller than the state of Texas. The country's southeastern border is defined by the Indian Ocean, and its southwestern border includes a small portion of Lake Victoria. Kenya's climate changes from tropical along the coast to arid in the interior. Although Kenya is located on the equator, temperatures of many of its cities are moderate because they were built at high altitudes. The terrain consists of low plains, central highlands, which are separated by the Great Rift Valley, and a fertile plateau. However, as little as 3% of the total land area of the country is arable (able to support a crop).

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