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Karamoja sub-region, commonly known as Karamoja, is a region in Northern Uganda.

Location

The subregion, is located in northeastern Uganda and comprises the following seven districts:



Kaabong District lies to the extreme northeast and borders both Southern Sudan and Kenya. It is home to Kidepo Valley National Park. The most-eastern district in Karamoja is Amudat District. Nakapiripirit District, borders Mount Elgon National Park.

Geography

The region of Karamoja extends over 27,900 square kilometers. The region is mostly a semi-arid plain with harsh climate and low annual rainfall. It is largely savannah, covered with seasonal grasses, thorned plants, and occasional small trees. The average elevation of the plain of Karamoja lies at around 1400 meters (4500 feet) above sea level. The large mountains; Mt. Kadam, Mt. Napak, and Mt. Moroto — lying at the periphery of Karamoja — have peaks reaching around 3000 meters (10,000 feet) and higher.

In 2011, the Karamoja sub-region was the site of an important fossil discovery. Paleontologists discovered the remains of Ugandapithecus major, a 20 million year old ancestor of present day primates. "It is a highly important fossil and it will certainly put Uganda on the map in terms of the scientific world," said Martin Pickford, one of the researchers involved in the...
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