The river is less than a mile wide here, but entirely new species of fish are evolving on the two banks, because impenetrable currents divide their habitats.
Some climb into their pirogues and paddle ferociously toward the boat so as to ride its wake like spindly little surfers. Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions.
The upper reaches are characterized by three features—confluences, lakes, and waterfalls or rapids.
Those who tried to sail upriver encountered a narrow gorge that compressed the water into a powerful opposing current. On the River Motors hum, children swim, and musicians sing aboard overburdened boats and in busy towns.
Separated by the central plateau, the watersheds of these rivers do not meet. Upstream from Malebo Pool, the Congo basin receives an average of about 60 inches 1,500 mm of rain a year, of which more than one-fourth is discharged into the Atlantic. Next page Hydrology. It takes a further 160 km of navigable waters to reach the Atlantic Ocean 3 , provided one can negotiate the whirlpools of the Devil's Cauldron, shifting sandbars and sharp bends in the river.
The final one hundred miles to the Atlantic Ocean from the end of the falls is fully navigable.
The basin contains some marshlands in the region where the Congo, Ubangi, Likouala, and Sangha rivers converge and where Lakes Mai-Ndombe and Tumba are found. Keep Exploring Britannica Greenland. Today the American CEO visits infrequently. The river and its tributaries flow through the second-largest rainforest in the world, the Congo Rainforest, second only to the Amazon Rainforest in South America.
At dusk we seek out bare tracts along the river where we can spread our sleeping bags and cook our food. River steamers operate throughout the year between Kinshasa and Kisangani. Congo River.
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The river's basin encompasses the world's second-largest contiguous rainforest , surpassed only by that of the Amazon. At the same time, the fishermen in their pirogues are having less luck in the rain-swollen river.
The Congo River picks up speed again at the western end of the pool, following 32 rapids known as Livingstone Falls over a distance of 267 m, all the way to the river town of Matadi. That's enough water to submerge Manhattan's iconic Met Life Tower in the river—with plenty of room left over for fishing boats to pass overhead.