Pool Malebo

Pool Malebo

Pool Malebo, lakelike expansion of the Congo River, c.320 sq mi (830 sq km), along the Congo (Kinshasa)-Congo (Brazzaville) border, W central Africa, c.350 mi (560 km) from the Congo's mouth. It is 22 mi (35 km) long and 14 mi (23 km) wide. Bamu Island (c.70 sq mi/180 sq km) is at its western end. Kinshasa and Brazzaville are important ports on its shores.
it runs just before the Livingstone falls.

The Pool Malebo (formerly Stanley Pool, also known as Malebo Pool, or Lake Nkunda by local indigenous people in pre-colonial times), is a lake-like widening in the lower reaches of the Congo River. Facing each other on opposite banks of the Pool are the national capitals of "the two Congos".

Description

The Pool Malebo is about 35 km (22 mi) long, 23 km (14 mi) wide and 500 km². Its central part is occupied by M'Bamou or Bamu Island (180 km²), which is Republic of the Congo territory. The pool is shallow with depths of 3 to 10 m, while water levels vary by as much as 3 m over the course of a year at an average altitude of 272 m (900ft).

The capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kinshasa, and the capital of the Republic of the Congo, Brazzaville, are located on opposite shores of Pool Malebo which makes them the two closest capitals in the world.

Navigation

The Pool is the beginning of the navigable part of the Congo River upstream to Mbandaka, Kisangani and Bangui. Downstream below it, the river descends hundreds of meters in a series of rapids known as the Livingstone Falls to reach sea level at Boma, Congo after a trajectory of 300 km.

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