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Lakes Malawi and Rukwa in East Africa

11.9S 34.4E

December 1st, 2011 Category: Lakes

Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania - November 22nd, 2011

Two large African lakes can be observed here: the brownish grey Lake Rukwa (upper left corner) and the elongated, dark blue Lake Malawi (also known as Lake Nyasa).

Lake Malawi is an African Great Lake and the southernmost lake in the Great Rift Valley system of East Africa. This lake, the third largest in Africa and the eighth largest lake in the world, is located between Malawi, Mozambique, and Tanzania. It is the second deepest lake in Africa.

Lake Rukwa is an alkaline lake in southwestern Tanzania, lying midway between Lake Tanganyika and Lake Nyasa at an elevation of about 800 metres, in a parallel branch of the rift system. The lake has seen large fluctuations in its size 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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