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African Great Lakes: Victoria, Tanganyika and Malawi

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September 26th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Africa - August 12th, 2011

The African Great Lakes are a series of lakes and the Rift Valley lakes in and around the geographic Great Rift Valley formed by the action of the tectonic East African Rift on the continent of Africa.

They include Lake Victoria (partially visible amongst the clouds at the top), the second largest fresh water lake in the world in terms of surface area, and Lake Tanganyika (left), the world’s second largest in volume as well as the second deepest.

Visible in the lower right corner is part of Lake Malawi, also considered one of the Great Lakes. Visible between Lakes Tanganyika and Malawi is the golden brown Lake Rukwa.

 

 

Lakes Tanganyika, Malawi, Rukwa and Neighbors – September 19th, 2011

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September 19th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Africa - August 12th, 2011

Several African lakes can be observed in this image. Stretching diagonally across the upper left quadrant is Lake Tanganyika, shared by Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Tanzania and Zambia. Smoke from wildfires causes the area west of the lake to appear hazy.

East of the southern tip of Lake Tanganyika is Lake Rukwa, in Tanzania, with a mustard color due to sediments. West of the southern tip of Lake Tanganyika are Lakes Mweru Wantipa, in Zambia, and Lake Mweru (the larger of the two), shared by Zambia and the DRC. On the right side of the image is Lake Malawi.

 

Hazy Skies by Lake Tanganyika and Neighbors

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September 14th, 2011 Category: Fires, Lakes

Africa - August 1st, 2011

Lake Tanganyika, shared by Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Tanzania and Zambia, cuts diagonally across this image as a thick, dark-blue line. Smoke from wildfires causes the left half of the image to appear hazy and translucent.

East of the southern tip of Lake Tanganyika is Lake Rukwa, in Tanzania, appearing brownish tan due to sediments. West of the southern tip of Lake Tanganyika are Lakes Mweru Wantipa, in Zambia, and Lake Mweru (furthest west), shared by Zambia and the DRC.

 

Lakes and Wetlands in Tanzania, Zambia and Neighbors

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April 22nd, 2011 Category: Lakes, Wetlands

Tanzania and Zambia - April 15th, 2011

Three lakes can be observed across the top of this image: (from right to left) Lake Rukwa, in Tanzania, Lake Tanganyika, shared by Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Tanzania and Zambia, Lake Mweru Wantipa, in Zambia, and Lake Mweru, shared by Zambia and the DRC.

Sediments give Lake Rukwa a tan color, while Lake Tanganyika appears blue and Lakes Mweru Wantipa and Mweru look greenish-blue.

Visible by the bottom of the image is Lake Bangweulu, the Bangweulu Swamps and the Bangweulu Flats or floodplain. Situated in the upper Congo River basin in Zambia, the Bangweulu system covers an almost completely flat area roughly the size of Connecticut or East Anglia, at an elevation of 1,140 m straddling Zambia’s Luapula Province and Northern Province.

Lakes Tanganyika and Rukwa in Tanzania – August 1st, 2010

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August 1st, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Tanzania - July 17th, 2010

Tanzania - July 17th, 2010

Lake Tanganyika appears as a thick dark blue line, cutting across the terrain of Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Tanzania and Zambia. It is an African Great Lake and is estimated to be the second largest freshwater lake in the world by volume.

Visible to the right of Lake Tanganyika is Lake Rukwa, in southwestern Tanzania. In contrast to its neighbor, its waters appear a golden brown color. It is an alkaline lake whose size has fluctuated greatly over the years, due to varying inflow of streams. Currently it is about 180 km long and averages about 32 km wide, making it about 5760 square kilometres in size.

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