Explore the Mighty Congo River in the Heart of Africa
by Sol-Saray, age 10
Africa is home to many great rivers. One of them is known as the Congo. In Africa, the Congo is only slightly shorter than the Nile in length, and is just as important to the people who live along the river.
The Congo has been very efficient for the people of Africa when it comes to transporting goods like food, medicine, clothes, and other items to people living along the river. It is also used for fishing and irrigating crops like peanuts, cotton, and sugarcane.
In the river, there are over 30 waterfalls and many other islands. It is near the equator, meaning it can get very hot and wet. The river receives around 90 inches of rain annually. There are 200 species of fish that live on the river. Many animals eat the tall grass that grows along the river, including buffalo, antelopes, zebras, gazelles, and giraffes.
The Congo River is located in-between the Republic of Congo and Zaire. The river is the second-largest river in the world in terms of volume of water; it is the deepest river in the world, with a maximum depth of 720 feet. It drains 13 percent of the landmass of Africa.
Many communities depend on this river so it is important to keep it clean and functioning for both human and animal populations.
[Sources: kidsconnect.com; socialstudiesforkids.com]