Lake Tanganyika: an African Great Lake
This Is Africa on November 7, 2016 — Today we share one of Africa’s most remarkable natural lakes, the mighty Lake Tanganyika. It is one of the Great Rift Valley Lakes situated in four countries Tanzania, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Burundi, and Zambia.
File photo taken on March 22, 2015 shows fishing boats returning to dock on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Uvira. Fish are becoming more scarce in Africa’s oldest and deepest lake, Lake Tanganyika, because of climate warming, not just overfishing, US researchers said this week. The study on Lake Tanganyika, which covers parts of Tanzania, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo, relied on sediment samples drilled from the lake bed and going back 1,500 years to analyze the changing biodiversity. Photo: ANP/AFP Federico Scoppa
Lake Tanganyika is Africa’s oldest lake and this massive body of water is the longest fresh water Lake in Africa. It is also the second deepest and largest in the world. The name is said to come from the word “Tanganika”, which refers to ‘the great lake spreading out like a plain’, or ‘plain-like lake.
This lake holds 18 percent of the world’s freshwater and it draws its water from at least 50 streams and rivers.
It’s one of the richest aqueous environments in the world and home to an great number of endemic fish supporting at least 280 varieties. Its fish are a critical part of the diet of neighbouring countries.
The lake is also vital source of livelihood to an estimated 10 million people living in the greater basin.
This NASA satellite file image obtained 26 June, 2003, shows Lake Tanganyika in East Africa. According to a new study focused on Lake Tanganyika, climate warming reduces productivity in deep tropical lakes. The results of the study are to be published online in the 26 June Science Express. Photo: ANP/ AFP. NASA
Woman doing laundry in Lake Tanganyika with baby on her back. Photo: Flickr/SuSanA Secretariat
Rowers on Lake Tanganyika. Photo: Flickr/Brian Harries
Lake Tanganyika. Photo: Flickr/M S
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