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Fire Near Upemba Depression, Democratic Republic of the Congo – April 28th, 2013

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April 28th, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day, Lakes, Wetlands

Democratic Republic of the Congo – April 27th, 2013

A fire can be seen east of the Upemba Depression in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, releasing a plume of smoke that blows northwest. The Upemba Depression, Kamalondo Depression, is a large marshy bowl area comprising some fifty lakes, including 22 of relatively large size including Lake Upemba (530 km²) and Lake Kisale (300 km²). In an earlier era, the area was probably occupied by one large lake.
The area is covered in marshland and is partially within the Upemba National Park in Haut-Lomami District.

Lakes in Tanzania, Zambia and the DRC

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September 9th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Central Africa - June 21st, 2009

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.

Lake Upemba, Democratic Republic of the Congo

8.6S 26.3E

July 19th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Democratic Republic of the Congo - June 21st, 2009

Democratic Republic of the Congo - June 21st, 2009

The Upemba Depression is a large marshy area in the Democratic Republic of the Congo that includes about fifty lakes. The largest of these are Lake Upemba, at 530km², and Lake Kisale, at 300 km².

Many different lakes are visible here as dark blue patches separated by green areas. Lake Upemba is the largest blue section visible, near the center of the image. The lake is located in Bukama, Haut-Lomami Province. It has various floating islands in the lake, including Mitala Island, which are also the site of an informal refugee settlement.

Marshlands of the Upemba Depression, Democratic Republic of the Congo

March 27th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Democratic Republic of the Congo - March 24th, 2009

Democratic Republic of the Congo - March 24th, 2009

The Upemba Depression or Kamalondo Depression (more commonly known by its French name Dépression de l’Upemba) is a large marshy bowl area in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The depression is comprised of some fifty lakes, including 22 of relatively large size including Lake Upemba (530km²) and Lake Kisale (300 km²). In an earlier era, the area was probably occupied by one large lake.

Today, the area is is covered in marshland and is partially located within the Upemba National Park in Haut-Lomami Province.

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