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Niger River and Lake Manantali, Mali and Guinea

13.1N 10.3W

April 20th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Mali and Guinea - April 15th, 2011

Sun glint highlights the Niger River as it runs from Guinea (below) into Mali (above). In addition to the glint, sediment give the river a light tan color.

The Niger River’s source is in the Guinea Highlands in southeastern Guinea. It runs in a crescent through Mali, Niger, on the border with Benin and then through Nigeria. It is the third-longest river in Africa, extending about 4,180 km (2,600 mi).

Also visible in the top left corner is Lake Manantali, a large artificial lake, formed by the 1989 construction of the Manantali Dam, on the Bafing River in Mali. Its northern point is located 90 km to the south-east of the city of Bafoulabé.

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