Albert lake

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name: Albert lake
secondary name: Lac Mobutu Sese Seko
situation: East Africa
of countries: DR the Congo, Uganda
surface 5,347 km ²
maximum depth: 48 m
water surface: 619 m and. NN
maximum one length: 170 km
maximum one width: 40 km
of supplies: Viktoria Nile, Semliki
of discharges: Albert Nile

the Albert lake (Lake Albert), which in the Congo also Lac Mobutu Sese Seko is called, is in Africa on the border from Uganda to the democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Albert lake is appropriate east for the large Central African threshold and west the extensive Uganda high country. It is part East Africa niches of the Grabenbruchs, directly north the Ruwenzori mountains.

The water surface 5,347 km ² of the large lake is on 619 m and. NN; in before-historical time it is to have been about 915 m: The education of the ditch above specified led to the fact that itself the continental plates apart moved and the ditch sole dropped.

The very fish-rich Albert lake is fed among other things by two important supplies: These are the Viktoria Nile, which comes from the Viktoriasee lying southwest, and which Semliki, which south of approximately 150 km far Eduard lake lying near-flows. Its discharge is the Albert Nile, which leaves the lake as part of the white Nile at the north end.

The lake was already discovered 1864 by the Britisher Samuel White Baker for the western world. In honours of the prince husband at that time of the queen Viktoria of England, prince Albert, he gave him the name Albert lake. 1972 it was renamed to honours by Mobutu Sese Seko within Zaire in Lac the Mobutu Sese Seko; this very day it carries this name in the democratic Republic of the Congo.


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