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Kinshasa and Brazzaville on Opposite Banks of Congo River, DRC and Congo – January 14th, 2012

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January 14th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Congo and DRC - January 13th, 2012

This orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image shows the braided Congo River flowing towards Kinshasa, the capital and largest city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Brazzaville,  the capital of the neighbouring Republic of Congo.

The two cities are located on opposite sides of the river, with Kinshasa on the southern banks and Brazzaville on the northern. This is the only place in the world where two national capital cities are facing one another and in sight of each other on opposite banks of a river.

The Congo River is the second longest river in Africa, with an overall length of 4,700 km (2,920 mi), and the ninth longest river in the world. It is the deepest river in the world, with measured depths in excess of 230 m (750 ft). The river and its tributaries flow through the Congo rainforest.

Congo River Flowing Through Rainforest of Democratic Republic of the Congo

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November 6th, 2011 Category: Rivers

Democratic Republic of the Congo - November 4th, 2011

This wide-swath ASAR image shows the Congo River crossing the Congo Rainforest in the Tshopo Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is the deepest river in the world, with measured depths in excess of 230 m (750 ft).

It is also the second largest river in the world by volume of water discharged, though it has only one-fifth the volume of the world’s largest river, the Amazon. Additionally, its overall length of 4,700 km (2,920 mi) makes it the ninth longest river.

Haze Over Congo River Basin, Congo and DRC

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March 16th, 2011 Category: Fires, Rivers

Congo - February 17th, 2011

Fires burning in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (right) create a smoky haze that hangs over the country and its neighbor, the Congo.

Visible through the haze at the bottom of the full image is the Congo River (also known as the Zaire River), the deepest river in the world. In the full image, a larger segment of the river can be seen.

Also visible near the river in the full image are two lakes: Lake Tumba (above) and Lake Mai-Ndombe (below). Both lakes are part of the Congo River basin. The former is shallower, ranging from 2 to 6 meters in depth, while the latter is slightly deeper, ranging from 5 to 10 meters in depth.

Lakes Tanganyika and Mweru in the DRC and Zambia

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August 16th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

DRC and Zambia - July 17th, 2010

Lake Tanganyika cuts diagonally across the upper right part of this image. The lake, situated in central Africa, is shared by four countries: Tanzania (upper right), Burundi (near top edge of lake and image), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (left) and Zambia (lower right).

A smaller, more rounded lake is visible south of it: Lake Mweru
Lake Mweru. It is located on the border between Zambia and Democratic Republic of the Congo. This freshwater lake is also situated on the longest arm of Africa’s second-longest river, the Congo, making up 110 km of the total length of that river.

Brazzaville and Kinshasa, Facing Each Other Across the Congo River – June 21st, 2010

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June 21st, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Congo - June 11th, 2010

Congo - June 11th, 2010

This APM image shows Brazzaville, the capital and largest city of the Republic of the Congo, located on the Congo River. The populous city of Kinshasa (more than 10 million inhabitants in 2009), capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (a separate country despite the similarity in name), lies just across the Congo River from Brazzaville.

Together with Kinshasa, the combined conurbation of Kinshasa-Brazzaville has thus nearly 12 million inhabitants. Over a third of the population of the Republic of Congo lives in the capital, and it is home to 40% of non-agricultural employment.

Around the city is a large savanna. The town is relatively flat, and situated at an altitude of 317 metres (1,040 ft). This APM (Alternate Polarization Medium resolution) image highlights the similarities and differences in terrain by acquiring two signals simultaneously and combining them.

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