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Lake Tshangalele and Surrounding Swamps in Democratic Republic of the Congo

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October 24th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Democratic Republic of the Congo - October 22nd, 2011

This APM image shows Lake Tshangalele, also known as Lake Lufira or Mwadingusha Reservoir, an artificial lake in the south-east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is located about 20 km east of the city of Likasi in the old province of Katanga.

The lake lies at about 1,100 m above sea-level in a large depression surrounded by low mountains. It was created by a dam built on the Lufira River near Mwadingusha in 1926 to provide hydro-electric power. The area of open water is about 362.5 km2.

During the wettest months of February and March, the area flooded reaches a maximum of 440 km2. However, the lake is shallow with a mean depth of only 2.6 m. Surrounding the lake, there are extensive swamps.

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