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From: Dan Richter (1:317/3)
To: All
Date: Sat, 15.05.21 13:00
MODIS Pic of the Day 15 May 2021
May 15, 2021 - The Congo River


Congo, DRC, Congo River

On May 11, 2021, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer
aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired a true-color image of the Congo
River, Lake Tumba, Lake Mai-Ndombe and the green lands of the Republic
of the Congo (west) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (east).

The Congo River cuts through clouds, cities, and jungles on its
2,718-mile (4,374-km) journey from the origins in Zamia to the outlet
in the Atlantic Ocean. The longest river in Central Africa and the
second-longest river in all of Africa (second only to the Nile), the
Congo River Basin includes all of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
(DRC), and parts of Burundi, Zambia, Angola, Rwanda, Central African
Republic, Cameroon, and the Republic of the Congo, thus also earning
the title of the African river with the largest basin.

Lake Tumba, combined with the small Lake Tele (located in the Republic
of the Congo north of this image), are part of the world’s largest
swamp forest and the worlds second-largest wetland area, according to
the World Wildlife Fund. This region, spanning about 126,440 square
kilometers (48,820 square miles), consists of marshes,
seasonally-flooded forests, and meadows. The elongated Lake Mai-Ndombe
sits south of Lake Tumba. This long, shallow freshwater lake spans
about 2,300 square kilometers (890 square miles) in the dry season, but
during the rainy season the lake floods. Seasonal flooding can cause
Lake Mai-Ndombe to triple its dry-season size.

Image Facts
Satellite: Terra
Date Acquired: 5/11/2021
Resolutions: 1km (147.9 KB), 500m (386.5 KB), 250m (227.1
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC

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