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Vegetation Index Around Congo River, Democratic Republic of the Congo

1.6N 19.2E

February 18th, 2010 Category: Rivers, Vegetation Index

Democratic Republic of the Congo - January 3rd, 2010

Democratic Republic of the Congo - January 3rd, 2010

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in Central Africa. The green color predominating the image indicates a mostly good level of photosynthetic activity, with some areas of lower (yellow) activity to the North and some areas of higher (red) activity to the south. The Congo River can be seen flowing across the image.

As a result of its equatorial location, the DRC experiences large amounts of precipitation and has the highest frequency of thunderstorms in the world. The annual rainfall can total upwards of 80 inches (2,032 mm) in some places, and the area sustains the second largest rain forest in the world (after that of the Amazon). This massive expanse of lush jungle covers most of the vast, low-lying central basin of the river, which slopes toward the Atlantic Ocean in the West.

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