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Lualaba River Flowing Through Congo Rainforest, DRC

-0.0N 25.5E

January 24th, 2012 Category: Rivers

DRC - January 3rd, 2012

This APM image shows the Lualaba River flowing more or less vertically across the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Lualaba River is the greatest headstream of the Congo River by volume of water. It is 1800 km long, and the whole of its length lies within the Democratic Republic of Congo. It rises at an elevation of 1400 m above sea level and flows northwards to Kisangani, where the Congo River officially begins (just beyond the top left corner).

The river flows through the Congo rainforest, the second largest rain forest area in the world. Here, the rain forest appears as mostly flat terrain on either side of the river. The only exception is a hiller region visible in the upper right corner. The narrower river meandering across the land south of those hills is the Maiko River.

 

Lake Tanganyika in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

6.5S 29.6E

July 6th, 2010 Category: Lakes

Tanzani and DRC - June 9th, 2010

Tanzani and DRC - June 9th, 2010

Lake Tanganyika, divided among the four countries of Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Tanzania and Zambia, is surrounded by clouds here, although the skies above the lake itself are clear.

The DRC (45%) and Tanzania (41%) possess the majority of the lake. Here, the Tanzania side is mostly obscured by cloud cover, while the DRC side is much clearer and shows parts of the Congo Rainforest, which covers most of the low-lying central basin of the Congo River, and the savannas typical of the southern parts of the country.

Vegetation Index of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

1.8S 21.3E

April 1st, 2010 Category: Vegetation Index

Democratic Republic of the Congo - March 5th, 2010

Democratic Republic of the Congo - March 5th, 2010

This FAPAR image portrays the vegetation index of a wide central area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The country is situated at the heart of the west-central portion of sub-Saharan Africa and straddles the Equator, with one-third to the North and two-thirds to the South.

As a result of its equatorial location, the Congo 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.

This precipitation sustains the Congo Rainforest, 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. Most of the land visible here shows good to high photosynthetic activity, indicated by the mostly green to red tones.

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