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Sun Glint Highlighting Contours of Lake Victoria, Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya

1.2S 32.7E

February 12th, 2012 Category: Lakes

Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania - February 5th, 2012

Sun glint causes the waters of Lake Victoria, on of the African Great Lakes, to appear silvery in color, and makes the ragged contours of the shoreline easily visible against the surrounding brown terrain. The lake has a shoreline of 4,828 kilometres (3,000 mi), with islands constituting 3.7% of this length, and is divided among three countries: Kenya (6% or 4,100 km2/1,600 sq mi), Uganda (45% or 31,000 km2/12,000 sq mi) and Tanzania (49% or 33,700 km2/13,000 sq mi).

With a surface area of 68,800 square kilometres (26,600 sq mi), Lake Victoria is Africa’s largest lake by area, and it is the largest tropical lake in the world. Lake Victoria is the world’s second largest freshwater lake by surface area (only Lake Superior in North America is larger). In terms of its volume, Lake Victoria is the world’s eighth largest continental lake, and it contains about 2,750 cubic kilometers (2.2 billion acre-feet) of water.

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