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Irregular Shape of Lake Victoria, Chief Reservoir of Nile

1.2S 32.7E

June 22nd, 2010 Category: Lakes

Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya - June 10th, 2010

Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya - June 10th, 2010

Most of Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa and chief reservoir of the Nile, extends outwards from the left edge of this image. The lake lies mainly in Tanzania (below) and Uganda (above) but also borders on Kenya (eastern shores).

Among the freshwater lakes of the world it is exceeded in size only by Lake Superior in North America, its area being 26,828 square miles (69,484 square km).

An irregular quadrilateral in shape, its shores, save on the west, are deeply indented. Its greatest length from north to south is 210 miles (337 km), its greatest breadth 150 miles (240 km). Its coastline exceeds 2,000 miles (3,220 km).

Upon opening the full image, Lake Turkana is visible to the north. While Lake Victoria appears navy blue and mostly clear of sediments and algae, Lake Turkana is colored green and rusty red.

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