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Kinshasa and Brazzaville on Opposite Banks of Congo River, DRC and Congo – January 14th, 2012

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January 14th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Congo and DRC - January 13th, 2012

This orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image shows the braided Congo River flowing towards Kinshasa, the capital and largest city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Brazzaville,  the capital of the neighbouring Republic of Congo.

The two cities are located on opposite sides of the river, with Kinshasa on the southern banks and Brazzaville on the northern. This is the only place in the world where two national capital cities are facing one another and in sight of each other on opposite banks of a river.

The Congo River is the second longest river in Africa, with an overall length of 4,700 km (2,920 mi), and the ninth longest river in the world. It is the deepest river in the world, with measured depths in excess of 230 m (750 ft). The river and its tributaries flow through the Congo rainforest.

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