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Vegetation Index of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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April 1st, 2010 Category: Vegetation Index

Democratic Republic of the Congo - March 5th, 2010

Democratic Republic of the Congo - March 5th, 2010

This FAPAR image portrays the vegetation index of a wide central area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The country is situated at the heart of the west-central portion of sub-Saharan Africa and straddles the Equator, with one-third to the North and two-thirds to the South.

As a result of its equatorial location, the Congo experiences large amounts of precipitation and has the highest frequency of thunderstorms in the world. The annual rainfall can total upwards of 80 inches (2,032 mm) in some places.

This precipitation sustains the Congo Rainforest, the second largest rain forest in the world (after that of the Amazon). This massive expanse of lush jungle covers most of the vast, low-lying central basin of the river. Most of the land visible here shows good to high photosynthetic activity, indicated by the mostly green to red tones.

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