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Lake Upemba, Democratic Republic of the Congo

8.6S 26.3E

July 19th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Democratic Republic of the Congo - June 21st, 2009

Democratic Republic of the Congo - June 21st, 2009

The Upemba Depression is a large marshy area in the Democratic Republic of the Congo that includes about fifty lakes. The largest of these are Lake Upemba, at 530km², and Lake Kisale, at 300 km².

Many different lakes are visible here as dark blue patches separated by green areas. Lake Upemba is the largest blue section visible, near the center of the image. The lake is located in Bukama, Haut-Lomami Province. It has various floating islands in the lake, including Mitala Island, which are also the site of an informal refugee settlement.

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