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Congo River Flowing Past Kindu, Democratic Republic of the Congo – April 23rd, 2010

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April 23rd, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Democratic Republic of the Congo - March 5th, 2010

Democratic Republic of the Congo - March 5th, 2010

The muddy brown waters of the Congo River flow across this image of the lush rainforest of the Democratic Republic of  the Congo. The river (also known as the Zaire River) has an overall length of 4,700 km (2,920 mi).

At the top center, it passes by the town of Kindu, visible as a tan area on the banks of the river, the capital of Maniema province. It has a population of about 200,000 and is situated at an altitude of about 500 metres.

The Congo River

March 11th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Rivers, Congo - March 9th, 2009

Rivers, Congo - March 9th, 2009

Sun glint and tan sediments make the Congo River very evident amidst the luscious dark green of the surrounding rainforest.  Lake Tumba can be seen near its banks, as can Lake Mai-Ndombe at the bottom right.

The Congo River (also known as the Zaire River) is the largest river in Western Central Africa. Its overall length of 4,700 km (2,922 miles) makes it the second longest in Africa (after the Nile).

Here, it marks the border between the Congo (left) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (right).

The river and its tributaries flow through the second largest rain forest area in the world, second only to the Amazon Rainforest in South America.

The river also has the second-largest flow in the world, after the Amazon, and the second-largest drainage basin of any river, again trailing the Amazon.

Because large sections of the river basin lie above and below the Equator, its flow is stable, as there is always at least one river experiencing a rainy season.