Interesting Congo River Facts

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  • It is the second longest river in Africa (the Nile is the longest).
  • It is the ninth longest river in the world.
  • The Congo River is the deepest river in the world. It reaches depths of over 750 feet (230 meters).
  • The river gets its name from the ancient Kongo Kingdom which existed near the mouth of the river.
  • The river runs through the Congo rainforest which is the second largest rain forest in the world.
  • It is also called the Zaire River.
  • The rivers sources are in the mountains and highlands of the East African Rift, as well as Lake Tanganyika and Lake Mweru.
  • The Congo River is so powerful that if has the potential to supply all of sub-Saharan Africa’s electricity needs.
  • In 1482 Diego Cao was the first European known to sight and enter the Congo River.
  • The main tributaries are the Ubangi, Sangha, and Kasai.
  • There are more than 4,000 islands in the river; over fifty are at least ten miles long.
  • The river crosses the equator twice.
  • The river discharges a volume of water that is second only to the Amazon River.
  • Numerous cataracts (large or high waterfalls), dangerous rapids, and numerous islands make navigation difficult or impossible in certain areas of the river.
  • Two countries are named after the river, they are The Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of the Congo.
  • The amount of water flowing out of the river is fairly constant year round due to the fact that some part of the river is always in a rainy season.
  • Approximately seven hundred fish species have been recorded living in the Congo River. The total is probably much larger.
  • The Congo River formed approximately 1.5 – 2 million years ago during the Pleistocene period.
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