The Info List - Pool Malebo

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The POOL MALEBO,formerly STANLEY POOL, also known as LAKE NKUNDA by local indigenous people in pre-colonial times, is a lake-like widening in the lower reaches of the Congo River . The former name Stanley Pool was named after early European explorer and journalist Henry Morton Stanley .


* 1 Description * 2 Geography

* 3 Ecology

* 3.1 Flora

* 3.2 Fauna

* 3.2.1 Fish

* 4 References


Aerial view of Pool Malebo
Pool Malebo
from above Kinshasa
Stanley's route is depicted by the solid black line. View of Stanley Pool from Leopoldville , 1889

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


The capitals of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Republic of the Congo
and the Republic of the Congo — Kinshasa
and Brazzaville
, respectively—are located on opposite shores of Pool Malebo. These are the two closest capital cities in the world (oth