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Haze Over Congo River Basin, Congo and DRC

-0.0N 17.5E

March 16th, 2011 Category: Fires, Rivers

Congo - February 17th, 2011

Fires burning in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (right) create a smoky haze that hangs over the country and its neighbor, the Congo.

Visible through the haze at the bottom of the full image is the Congo River (also known as the Zaire River), the deepest river in the world. In the full image, a larger segment of the river can be seen.

Also visible near the river in the full image are two lakes: Lake Tumba (above) and Lake Mai-Ndombe (below). Both lakes are part of the Congo River basin. The former is shallower, ranging from 2 to 6 meters in depth, while the latter is slightly deeper, ranging from 5 to 10 meters in depth.

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