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Congo River
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The Congo River (also known as the Zaire River) is a river in Africa, and is the deepest river in the world, with measured depths in excess of 230 m (754.6 ft). It is the second largest river in the world by volume of water discharged, though it has only one-fifth the volume of the world's largest river, the Amazon. Additionally, its overall length of 4700 km (2920.4 mi) makes it the ninth longest river.

Its drainage basin covers 4014500 km2 (1550007.1 sqmi). The Congo's discharge at its mouth ranges from 23000 m3/s (8880.3 cuft/s) to 75000 m3/s (28957.7 cuft/s), with an average of 41000 m3/s (15830.2 cuft/s).

The river and its tributaries flow through the Congo rainforest, the second largest rain forest area in the world, second only to the Amazon Rainforest in South America. The river also has the second-largest flow in the world, behind the Amazon; the third-largest drainage basin of any river, behind the Amazon and Río de la Plata rivers; and is one of the deepest rivers in the world, at depths greater than 230 m (754.6 ft). Because large sections of the river basin lie above and below the equator, its flow is stable, as there is always at least one part of the river experiencing a rainy season.

The Congo gets its name from the ancient Kingdom of Kongo which inhabited the lands at the mouth of the river. The Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of the Congo, both countries lying along the river's banks, are named after it. Between 1971 and 1997 the government of then-Zaire called it the Zaire River.The sources of the Congo are in the highlands and mountains of the East African Rift, as well as Lake Tanganyika and Lake Mweru, which feed the Lualaba River, which then becomes the Congo below Boyoma Falls. The Chambeshi River in Zambia is generally taken as the source of the Congo in line with the accepted practice worldwide of using the longest tributary, as with the Nile River.

The Congo flows generally northwards from Kisangani just below the Boyoma falls, then gradually bends southwestwards, passing by Mbandaka, joining with the Ubangi River, and running into the Pool Malebo (Stanley Pool). Kinshasa (formerly Léopoldville) and Brazzaville are on opposite sides of the river at the Pool, where the river narrows and falls through a number of cataracts in deep canyons (collectively known as the Livingstone Falls), running by Matadi and Boma, and into the sea at the small town of Muanda.

The Congo River Basin is one of the distinct physiographic sections of the larger Mid-African province, which in turn is part of the larger African massive physiographic division.

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TODAYonline--The executive curator of -Congo River-: Arts of Central Africa, Mr Francois Neyt, said these are very important as they honour the deceased persons and the ... - Date : Wed, 08 Dec 2010 22:09:28 GMT+00:00
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Channel News Asia---...- pray to them to protect the village and all the persons around them," explained Francois Neyt, executive curator of -Congo River-: Arts of Central Africa. ... - Date : Wed, 08 Dec 2010 10:34:51 GMT+00:00
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NPR--by AP Enlarge AP Locator map highlights the -Congo River-. Name of Ruki River is corrected from 'Rupi'. Kasai River is also located Associated Press Locator ... - Date : Tue, 07 Sep 2010 10:26:32 GMT+00:00
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NPR--The nearly 3000-mile -Congo River- is the backbone of one of Africa's poorest and most conflict-ridden countries. It supplies food and livelihood for the ... - Date : Thu, 02 Sep 2010 22:07:45 GMT+00:00
Up the Congo Without a Paddle - New York Times (blog) Tweet this news
New York Times (blog)--Jacob Lowenstein The -Congo River- is the lifeblood of the country, and for many people barges like this are the only way to travel or to ... - Date : Wed, 11 Aug 2010 21:52:38 GMT+00:00
Trip along the Congo River reveals artistic treasures from central Africa - The Guardian Tweet this news
The Guardian--On finally reaching the entrance to the -Congo River- exhibition, on the upper ground floor, we caught sight of masks that, even from a distance, ... - Date : Thu, 15 Jul 2010 14:37:57 GMT+00:00
This Day That Age (July 29, 2010) - The Hindu Tweet this news
The Hindu--The Secretary-General crossed the two-mile wide -Congo River- from Brazzaville in a white launch bearing the United Nations' insignia. The Congolese Minister ... - Date : Wed, 28 Jul 2010 19:01:35 GMT+00:00
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Dunya Today (blog)---...- I have been unable to resist the temptation to relate my best-loved tales that took place on the -Congo River- where I have roamed since my chilldhood, ... - Date : Fri, 16 Jul 2010 20:57:26 GMT+00:00
Congo's 50 years of utter misery - Sydney Morning Herald Tweet this news
Sydney Morning Herald--The not-so-lucky ones ended up in the crocodile-infested -Congo River-. But he was America's "bastard" in the Cold War chessboard. And so the West, ... - Date : Mon, 05 Jul 2010 20:00:12 GMT+00:00
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Santa Rosa Press Democrat (blog)--Investigating a mysterious evil fish spirit in the -Congo River-. Great, like there aren't enough things that will kill you in the Congo. “Boston Med” (10 pm, ... - Date : Thu, 08 Jul 2010 14:56:22 GMT+00:00

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