Lake Edward

Quick Facts: Lake Edward
Countries: Democratic Republic of Congo Uganda
Catchment area: 12.096 km²
Max. length: 77 km
Max width: 40 km
Surface area: 2.325 km² (898 sq mi)
Avg. Depth: 17 m
Max. depth: 112 m
Water volume: 39.5 km³
Surface elevation: 912 m
Primary inflows: Nyamugasani Ishasha Rutshuru Rwindi Ntungwe Lubilia
Primary outflows: Semliki River

Lake Edward is a freshwater lake located in the western Great Rift Valley in East Africa on the Uganda and Democratic Republic of the Congo border. The smallest of the great lakes of East Africa, Lake Edward, also called Edward Nyanza, is 830 square miles (2,150 sq km) in area and lies 2,995 feet (913 meters) above sea level.

The lake’s only outlet is the Semliki River, which flows north to Lake Albert and then to the Nile. Lake Edward was discovered in 1877 by Henry M. Stanley. It is noted for its rich fish and bird life. Lake Edward’s swampy southern shores are famous for their hippopotamuses.

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