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Brazzaville and Kinshasa, Facing Each Other Across the Congo River – June 21st, 2010

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June 21st, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Congo - June 11th, 2010

Congo - June 11th, 2010

This APM image shows Brazzaville, the capital and largest city of the Republic of the Congo, located on the Congo River. The populous city of Kinshasa (more than 10 million inhabitants in 2009), capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (a separate country despite the similarity in name), lies just across the Congo River from Brazzaville.

Together with Kinshasa, the combined conurbation of Kinshasa-Brazzaville has thus nearly 12 million inhabitants. Over a third of the population of the Republic of Congo lives in the capital, and it is home to 40% of non-agricultural employment.

Around the city is a large savanna. The town is relatively flat, and situated at an altitude of 317 metres (1,040 ft). This APM (Alternate Polarization Medium resolution) image highlights the similarities and differences in terrain by acquiring two signals simultaneously and combining them.

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