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

4.3S 15.9E

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.

Haze Over Congo River Basin, Congo and DRC

-0.0N 17.5E

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.

Vegetation Index of Africa from Namibia to Central African Republic

March 10th, 2011 Category: Vegetation Index

Namibia - February 17th, 2011

The full version of this FAPAR image stretches from (bottom to top) northern Namibia, across Angola, to the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the Central African Republic.

The index is lowest in the Namib Desert, in Namibia (bottom left of full image) and in the Central African Republic (top section of full image). Most of the land inbetween shows a good index (green), with several large areas of high photosynthetic activity (rusty red).

Alima River in Republic of the Congo

July 4th, 2010 Category: Rivers

Congo - June 11th, 2010

Congo - June 11th, 2010

The Alima River flows through the middle of this APM (Alternate Polarization Medium resolution) image of the Republic of Congo’s territory. It is an affluent (tributary) on the right bank of the Congo river, which is the largest river in Western Central Africa, with an overall length of 4,700 km (2,920 mi).

The river and its tributaries flow through the Congo rainforest, the second largest rain forest area in the world, second only to the Amazon Rainforest in South America. This image was created by acquiring and combining two signals simultaneously, enhancing the topographical differences.

River Valleys and Mountains of Central Congo’s Plateaux Department

2.8S 15.5E

June 24th, 2010 Category: Mountains, Rivers

Congo - June 11th, 2010

Congo - June 11th, 2010

This APM image shows part of the Plateaux Department of the Republic of the Congo, in the central part of the country. It borders the departments of Cuvette, Lékoumou, and Pool, and internationally, the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the east and Gabon on the west.

This APM (Alternate Polarization Medium resolution) image makes clear the topographical similarities and differences of the department by acquiring two signals simultaneously and combining them. Here, it highlights the difference between low-lying river valleys, generally light green, and the higher altitude plateaus, darker green, for which the department is named.

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