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African Great and Rift Valley Lakes

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July 1st, 2010 Category: Lakes

Central Africa - April 17th, 2010

Central Africa - April 17th, 2010

Several lakes can be seen in Central Africa, by the borders of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (upper right), Zambia (lower left), Tanzania (upper right) and Malawi (lower right). Most of these borders are near the three large lakes visible: Lake Tanganyika, Lake Rukwa and Lake Malawi.

Only the southern end of Lake Tanganyika (blue, upper left corner) and the northern end of Lake Malawi (blue, lower right corner) are visible; however, these lakes are quite large and are considered to be two of the Great Lakes of Africa. These great lakes are located in and around the geographic Great Rift Valley formed by the action of the tectonic East African Rift. Lake Rukwa (brown with sediments, above) is a Rift Valley lake although not considered one of the African Great Lakes.

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