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Congo River


The Congo River is known as the most powerful river in Africa with a length of approximately 2,922 miles. It is the main transportation source in Central Africa. It is the deepest river on earth with a depth of more than 700 feet.

The river is the second longest in Africa, after the River Nile and has a discharge of just 1,500,000 cubic feet. The river runs through the Congo rain forest which is the second largest rain forest in the world. It is also known as the Zaire River.


Fast Facts: –

  • Two countries are named after the river. They are The Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of the Congo.
  • There are more than 4,000 islands within the river and over 50 of them are 10 miles long.
  • This river formed approximately 1.5 – 2 million years ago during the Pleistocene period.
  • The Congo River gets around 90 inches of rainfall annually. It has 30 waterfalls within its banks.
  • This river has the potential to supply all of the sub-Saharan Africa’s electricity needs.
  • In 1482 Diego Cao was the first European known to view and enter the river.
  • The main tributaries to the river are the Kasai, Sangha, and Ubangi.
  • The Congo river crosses the equator twice, once in each direction.



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