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Lualaba River Flowing Through Congo Rainforest, DRC

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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.

 

Deforestation Near Lualaba River, Democratic Republic of the Congo

March 23rd, 2009 Category: Rivers

Lualaba River, Democratic Republic of the Congo - March 23rd, 2009

Lualaba River, Democratic Republic of the Congo - March 23rd, 2009

Kisangani, formerly Stanleyville or Stanleystad, (population 500,000) is a city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa and the provincial capital of Tshopo Province. Here, it appears as a tan area on the banks of the river.

Kisangani is located where the Lualaba River becomes the Congo River north of the Boyoma Falls.  It is the farthest navigable point upstream from the capital city Kinshasa. Here, the sediment-loaded river appears brown.

The dark green of the forest on both sides of the river is interrupted by lighter green patches where deforestation is taking place. This is particularly notable north of the city.

The Congo Rainforest is one of the world’s most threatened ecosystems. Commercial logging, clearing for subsistence agriculture, and widespread civil strife has devastated forests, displaced forest dwellers, and resulted in the expansion of the “bushmeat” trade.

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