How deep is the Congo

Congo (river)

The Congo is sometimes divided into several arms.

The Congo is a river in Africa that flows into the Atlantic Ocean. There is no river in Africa that carries more water with it. Although the Congo is 4,374 kilometers long, the Nile in Africa is even longer.

The river mainly flows through the state called the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The main cities of this country are on the river. Another state is named after the Congo River: the Republic of the Congo. For a longer distance, the river forms the border between the two states. Furthermore, the Congo flows small pieces through other countries such as Angola and Zambia.

Some Portuguese were the first to see the Congo from Europe. That was in 1482. The whole river was first explored by Henry Morton Stanley from Great Britain. That was in 1876 and the following year. A few years later the area of ​​the Congo became a colony of Belgium.

The Congo is important for people today because ships can sail over 3,000 kilometers of it. There is also the large Inga Dam, among other things. The water that is dammed here generates electricity.

Around the Congo you can mainly see rainforest and hills. It has been measured that the Congo is up to 220 meters deep, deeper than any other river in the world. Over 700 species of fish live in the river, most of which are still little known.


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