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Lake Albert, Straddling the Border Between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo – March 31st, 2009

March 31st, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Uganda - March 24th, 2009

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Lake Albert, one of the Great Lakes of Africa, is located in the center of the continent, on the border between Uganda (left) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (right). It is Africa’s seventh largest lake, and ranks as the world’s twenty-seventh largest lake by volume.

Lake Albert is the northernmost of the chain of lakes in the Great Rift Valley; it is about 160 km (100 mi) long and 30 km (19 mi) wide, with a maximum depth of 51 m (168 ft), and a surface elevation of 619 m (2,030 ft) above sea level.

Lake Albert is part of the complicated system of the upper Nile. Its main sources are the Victoria Nile, ultimately coming from Lake Victoria to the southeast, and the Semliki River, which issues from Lake Edward to the southwest. Here, the Semliki is spilling greenish sediments into the lake at the southern end.

The water of the Victoria Nile is much less saline than that of Lake Albert. Its outlet, at the northernmost tip of the lake, is the Albert Nile (which becomes known as the Mountain Nile when it enters Sudan).

At the southern end of the lake, where the Semliki enters, there are swamps. Farther south loom the mighty Ruwenzori Range, while a range of hills called the Blue Mountains tower over the northwestern shore.

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