What is the Congo?

What is the Congo?

Congo may refer to either of two countries that border the Congo River in central Africa: Democratic Republic of the Congo, the larger country to the southeast, capital Kinshasa, formerly known as Zaire, sometimes referred to as “Congo-Kinshasa”

Does the Congo river have crocodiles?

The wildlife of the marshes and that of the little parallel streams do not mix with the wildlife of the river itself. The waters of the Congo contain various kinds of reptiles, of which crocodiles are the most striking species.

What river runs through the Congo?

Congo River, formerly Zaire River, river in west-central Africa. With a length of 2,900 miles (4,700 km), it is the continent’s second longest river, after the Nile.

What is the Congo famous for?

Congo is rich in natural resources. It boasts vast deposits of industrial diamonds, cobalt, and copper; one of the largest forest reserves in Africa; and about half of the hydroelectric potential of the continent.

Is the lower Congo River in the Atlantic Ocean?

The lower Congo is an approximately 200-mile-long (320 km) narrow channel that empties into the Atlantic Ocean. This is different from most other major rivers, which usually form a river delta, or a network of smaller rivers and streams that spill out into the ocean.

What is the history of the Congo River?

The Congo River Basin has a remarkable natural and cultural history. The Congo River at sunset in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (Image credit: UN Photo/Marie Frechon)

What kind of country is the Republic of the Congo?

1 Congo Basin, or the Congo, the sedimentary basin of the Congo River 2 Congo Canyon, a submarine canyon 3 Kingdom of Kongo (1390–1914) 4 Congo Free State (1885–1908) 5 Republic of the Congo (Léopoldville) or Congo-Léopoldville (1960–1971) 6 People’s Republic of the Congo (1969–1992) 7 Kongo, Ghana 8 Kongo, Liberia

Where does the Congo River cross the equator?

The Congo Basin surrounds the equator, with the river crossing the equator twice in about a 700-mile-long (1,100 km) stretch.

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