Central Africa - June 21st, 2009
The brownish green landscape of Central Africa is interrupted by several lakes. Lake Tanganyika is the largest, shared by Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (left), Tanzania (upper right quadrant) and Zambia (lower central section). Most of the lake is possessed by Tanzania and the DRC.
Lake Rukwa, in Tanzania, can be seen east of Lake Tanganyika. Its waters, which have an average depth of only four meters, appear golden brown. The water level varies greatly with the seasons: Lake Rukwa often splits into two individual bodies of water, separated by a huge plain of marsh and swampland.
The two lakes south of Tanganyika are the dark blue Lake Mweru, on the border of Zambia and the DRC, and the similarly named Mweru Wantipa, whose waters are a reddish burgundy color. In the local dialect, “wa ntipa” means “with mud”; its name therefore distinguishes it from its bigger neighbour Mweru, whose waters are clearer.
West of Lake Mweru, near the left border, is the Upemba Depression. This area contains over fifty lakes, the largest of which is called Lake Upemba.
Finally, Lake Bangweulu and the Bangweulu Wetlands can be seen in Zambia, towards the bottom edge of the image.