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The Great Lakes of Africa are a series of lakes in and around the Great Rift Valley. They include Lake Victoria, the world's third largest lake. The Great Lakes are: World map showing location of Africa A satellite composite image of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest continent in both area and population, after Asia. ... A lake is a body of water surrounded by land. ... Northern section of the Great Rift Valley. ...

Some call only Lake Victoria, Lake Albert, and Lake Edward the Great Lakes as they are the only three that empty into the White Nile. Lake Tanganyika and Lake Kivu both empty into the Congo River system. Fishermen on Lake Tanganyika Lake Tanganyika is a large lake in central Africa (3° 20 to 8° 48 South and from 29° 5 to 31° 15 East). ... Lake Victoria, as seen from space Lake Victoria or Victoria Nyanza is one of the Great Lakes of Africa. ... For the lake of the same name in South Australia, see Lake Albert, South Australia. ... Lake Edward can be seen on this map of Uganda Lake Edward is one of the Great Lakes of Africa. ... Categories: Africa geography stubs | Great Rift Valley lakes | African lakes ... (White Nile is also a state of Sudan) The White Nile is a river of Africa, one of the two main branches of the Nile, the other being the Blue Nile. ... Image of Kinshasa and Brazzaville, taken by NASA; the Congo River is visible in the center of the photograph Length 4,380 km Elevation of the source m Average discharge 41,800 m /s Area watershed 3,680,000 km Origin Mouth Atlantic Ocean Basin countries Dem. ...

Great Lakes region

Great Lakes also refers to the region around these lakes. These include the entirety of the nations of Rwanda, Burundi, and Uganda as well as portions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, and Kenya. National motto: Liberty, Cooperation, Progress National anthem: Rwanda nziza Capital Kigali 1° 57′ S, 30° 4′ E Largest city Kigali Official languages French, Kinyarwanda, English, Swahili Government President Prime Minister republic; pres. ... The Republika yu Burundi (formerly Urundi) is a small landlocked nation in the Great Lakes region of Africa. ... The Republic of Uganda is a country in east central Africa. ... The Democratic Republic of the Congo is a nation in central Africa and the third largest country on the continent. ... The United Republic of (Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania in Swahili) is a country on the east coast of central Africa. ... Kenya (pronounced as KEN-ya) is a country of East Africa, bordering Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and the Indian Ocean. ...

It is one of the most densely populated areas of the world with an estimated 107 million people living in the Great Lakes region. Because of past volcanic activity this part of Africa contains some of the world's best farmland. Its altitude also gives it a rather temperate climate despite being right on the equator. This has left it out of the disease zone allowing widespread use of livestock, especially cattle and goats. In geography, temperate latitudes of the globe lie between the tropics and the polar circles. ... In geography, the equator is an imaginary line drawn around a planet, halfway between the poles, where the surface of the roughly spherical planet is parallel to the axis of rotation. ... Sheep are commonly bred as livestock. ... Binomial name Bos taurus Linnaeus, 1758 Cattle are domesticated ungulates, a member of the subfamily Bovinae of the family Bovidae. ... Categories: Animal stubs ...

Because of the density of population and the agricultural surplus in the region the area became highly organized into a number of small states. The most powerful of these monarchies were Rwanda, Burundi, Buganda, and Bunyoro. Unique to Sub-Saharan Africa, the traditional borders were largely maintained by the colonial powers. Buganda is the kingdom of the 52 clans of the Baganda people, the largest of the four traditional kingdoms in present-day Uganda. ... Bunyoro is a region of Uganda, and from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century one of the most powerful kingdoms of East Africa. ...

Being the long sought after source of the Nile, the region had long been of interest to Europeans. The first Europeans to arrive in the region in any numbers were missionaries who had limited success in converting the locals, but did open the region to later colonization. The increased contact with the rest of the world led to a series of devastating epidemics affecting both humans and livestock. These decreased the region's population dramatically, by up to 60% in some areas. The region did not return to its pre-colonial population until the 1950s. There is also Nile, a death metal band from South Carolina, USA. The Nile in Egypt Length 6 695 km Elevation of the source 1 134 m Average discharge 2 830 m³/s Area watershed 3 400 000 km² Origin Africa Mouth the Mediterranean Basin countries Uganda - Sudan - Egypt The... A missionary is a propagator of religion, often an evangelist or other representative of a religious community who works among those outside of that community. ... An epidemic is generally a widespread disease that affects many individuals in a population. ...

While seen as a region with great potential after independence, the region has in recent years been marred by civil war and immense violence, leaving the region in great poverty from which only Kenya and Tanzania are largely exempt.

See also

The Rift Valley Lakes are a group of lakes formed by the Great Rift Valley of eastern Africa. ...

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AFRICA - Explore the Regions - Great Lakes (0 words)
Eight of the 15 lakes in this region are considered to rank as "great lakes," a testimony to their size and depth.
Lake Victoria, located between Uganda to the west and Tanzania and Kenya to the east, ranks as the second-largest freshwater lake in the world after the U.S.' Lake Superior.
Lake Taganayika, located on the border between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania, ranks as one of the deepest.
Images of Africa (0 words)
The lake basin, a landform in which a block of the Earth’s crust dropped down between blocks that rise on either side, began to form nearly 25 million years ago as part of the Great Rift Valley (NASA, 1985).
This east-looking photograph features Lake Tanganyika, the second deepest freshwater lake in the world with a maximum depth of 1436 m and the longest lake in the world, stretching 660 km north to south.
The lake, bordered on either side by steep slopes, fills a long narrow trough in the western arm of Africa’s Great Rift Valley and supports a thriving fishing industry.
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