The Congo River is also called the Zaire River. This river runs through Africa and it is known as the deepest river in the whole world. This river flows through the rainforests in Africa. Much of the land that surrounds the Congo River does not have roads or railways. The river provides for transportation through these areas. This is because it forms a system of navigable waterways.
It is also one of the world's longest rivers. This river provides a potential source of electrical power to much of Africa. This river flows into the sea in the town of Muanda. To many people that live near or along the Congo River, it is considered to be a lifeline.
The Congo River flows into the Atlantic Ocean and during the rainy season it flows over 50,000 cubic meters of water into the Atlantic. About 40 hydropower plants are located in the Congo Basin providing electricity from this huge river. The Congo River is a natural formed river. This river has a rich source of over 700 species of fish. The giant Tigerfish is one of the species that can be found in the river. This river is also rich in several species of turtles and crocodiles. It is also home to many species of frogs and snails as well. The river has been a main attraction to artists, poets, journalists, and more for many, many years. The drainage basin of the Congo River is just a little larger than the Mississippi River.
This river was given it's name by the ancient Kingdom of Kongo. The Congo River has a long history. Riverboat steamers have worked this river for many, many years until just recently. It's history dates back to before the continental drift opened the Atlantic Ocean. For 2000 years, the Bantu people have lived along the river. The river provides them with fish and fertile land.
Some parts of the Congo River are 15 miles wide. The Congo River plays a very major and important part of the ecological balance of the entire continent of Africa. A wide variety of wildlife make their home along the river too. Certain areas along the river are protected areas. In 1999, this river was recognized as one of the world's cleanest rivers. Hunting, fishing, logging, oil and mineral industries are a major threat to the Congo River today. The river is facing many environmental issues now.