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January 19, 2006
This Envisat ASAR Wide-Swath artificially colored image is centered over the longest river in Central Africa, the Congo. The river flows 4,374 kilometers (2,718 miles) from Zambia to the Atlantic Ocean. The Congo gives its name to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Republic of the Congo, both countries lying along its banks. The river also called the Zaire is noted for its enormous basin, which includes all of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) and portions of Angola, Zambia, Burundi, Rwanda, Central African Republic, the Republic of the Congo and Cameroon, making it the largest drainage basin in Africa. The cities of Kinshasa and Brazzaville are on opposite sides of the river at the "Pool" (bottom of the image). The river then narrows and flows through a number of deep canyons and onward to the sea.

Technical Information:
  • Satellite: Envisat
  • Instrument: ASAR
  • Acquisition: 05-Jan-2003
  • Orbit nr: 04441
  • Center coordinates: lat. -0.91, lon. 18.30

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