Where in the World is Kenya?
As you can see from this map of Africa, the equator runs right through the country of Kenya just South of Kitale Town were Tumaini Youth Center is located. What does this mean for the population of Kenya? Here are a few interesting facts and myths related to the equator.
The planet Earth is not perfectly round, rather it bulges at the center making the equator (an imaginary line circling our planet) nearly 25,000 miles long. This is the longest of our planet’s five main circles of latitude. Each latitude is based on the relationship between the Earth’s axis of rotation and the Earth’s orbit around the sun. The latitude of the equator is defined as 0 degrees making it the center point. If you live on the equator you will see the fastest sunrise and sunsets anywhere. Places that lie on the equator also enjoy a constant 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of nighttime. Whereas, any place that is North or South of the equator will have days that vary in length depending on the season. The equator crosses either the land or territorial waters of 14 countries including Kenya.
It is a Myth that weather on the equator is always warm stable throughout the year. Nearly half of the world’s rain forests lie on the equator in the countries of Brazil, Congo and Indonesia. Many areas along the equator can experience wet and dry seasons, and other regions may well be wet for most of the year. The equator boasts the highest concentration of natural biodiversity as well as human poverty. While temperatures are generally high on the equator, you can find snow on the slopes of Volcan Cayambe in Ecuador, which has the highest elevation on the equator.