HOME
The Info List - Pool Malebo



--- Advertisement ---


(i) (i) (i) (i)

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 .

CONTENTS

* 1 Description * 2 Geography

* 3 Ecology

* 3.1 Flora

* 3.2 Fauna

* 3.2.1 Fish

* 4 References

DESCRIPTION

Aerial view of Pool Malebo
Pool Malebo
from above Kinshasa
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).

GEOGRAPHY

The capitals of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Republic of the Congo
and the Republic of the Congo — Kinshasa
Kinshasa
and Brazzaville
Brazzaville
, respectively—are located on opposite shores of Pool Malebo. These are the two closest capital cities in the world (other than Rome
Rome
, Italy
Italy
and Vatican City , which are actually contiguous).

The Pool is the beginning of the navigable part of the Congo River upstream to the cities of Mbandaka , Kisangani and Bangui . Downstream, the river descends hundreds of meters in a series of rapids known as the Livingstone Falls :Vol.Two,255 to reach sea level at the port of Boma after a trajectory of 300 km.

ECOLOGY

FLORA

There are many palm and papyrus swamps along the edges of the river and pool, and often movement of floating mats of Eichhornia plants.

FAUNA

Fish

Most fish endemic to the area are catfishes , including the mountain catfish , L. brieni, Leptoglanis mandevillei , L. bouilloni and Atopochilus chabanaudi , an upside-down catfish . The area has over 200 fish species documented, with Mormyrids as the most common with over 40 species, and with the highest diversification.

REFERENCES

* ^ A B "Malebo Pool". Encyclopædia Britannica. Accessed June 2011. * ^ Stanley, H.M., 1899, Through the Dark Continent, London: G. Newnes, Vol. One ISBN 0486256677 , Vol. Two ISBN 0486256685 * ^ A B C "Malebo Pool". Freshwater Ecoregions of the World. The Nature Conservancy. Accessed June 2011.

This article NEEDS ADDITIONAL CITATIONS FOR VERIFICATION . Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources . Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (June 2011) (Learn how and when to remove this template message )

Wikimedia Commons has media related to POOL MALEBO .

This Republic of the Congo
Republic of the Congo
location article is a stub . You can help by expanding it .

* v * t * e

This Democratic Republic of the Congo
Republic of the Congo
location article is a stub . You can help by expanding it .

* v * t * e

Retrieved from "https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Pool_Malebo additional terms may apply. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy .® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. , a non-profit organization.

* Privacy policy * About * Disclaimers * Contact * Developers * Cookie statement * Mobile view

* *

.