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Lakes Tanganyika and Rukwa in Tanzania – August 1st, 2010

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August 1st, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Tanzania - July 17th, 2010

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Lake Tanganyika appears as a thick dark blue line, cutting across the terrain of Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Tanzania and Zambia. It is an African Great Lake and is estimated to be the second largest freshwater lake in the world by volume.

Visible to the right of Lake Tanganyika is Lake Rukwa, in southwestern Tanzania. In contrast to its neighbor, its waters appear a golden brown color. It is an alkaline lake whose size has fluctuated greatly over the years, due to varying inflow of streams. Currently it is about 180 km long and averages about 32 km wide, making it about 5760 square kilometres in size.

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