highlands covering much of Ethiopia and central Eritrea. They consist of the rugged Western Highlands and the more limited Eastern Highlands. The two sections are separated by the vast Eastern Rift Valley, which cuts across Ethiopia from southwest to northeast. The Western Highlands extend from central Eritrea and northern Ethiopia to the basin of Lake Rudolf in the south and include the traditional lands of the Amhara and Tigray peoples. Within this section the Simen Mountains are marked by Mount Ras Dejen (15,157 feet [4,620 m]), the highest peak in Ethiopia. Among the peaks of the Eastern Highlands stands Mount Batu at 14,127 feet (4,307 m). The highlands are the most agriculturally productive and densely populated areas of both Eritrea and Ethiopia.
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