Lake Albert

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Albert, Lake,


Albert Nyanza

(nīăn`zə, nyän`zä), 2,064 sq mi (5,346 sq km), on the Congo (Kinshasa)–Uganda border, E central Africa. The lake is c.100 mi (160 km) long and c.19 mi (30 km) wide, with a maximum depth of 168 ft (51 m). Lying in the Great Rift ValleyGreat Rift Valley,
geological fault system of SW Asia and E Africa. It extends c.3,000 mi (4,830 km) from N Syria to central Mozambique. The northernmost extension runs S through Syria and Lebanon, the Jordan valley, the Dead Sea, and the Gulf of Aqaba.
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, 2,030 ft (619 m) above sea level, Lake Albert receives the Semliki River and the Victoria Nile and is drained by the Albert Nile, which becomes the Bahr-el-Jebel when it enters South Sudan. Under Mobutu Sese Seko, the official name of the lake in Zaïre (now Congo) was Lake Mobutu Sese Seko.
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Albert, Lake


a lake in East Africa, on the border between the Congo (capital Kinshasa; since 1971, Republic of Zaire) and Uganda. It is located at an altitude of 617 m, covers an area of 5,600 sq km, and its depth reaches 58 m. It is in the tectonic basins within the central African graben (a depressed segment of the earth’s crust bounded on at least two sides by faults). The shores are slightly jagged and most of them are steep; the bottom is flat. The Semliki River (which drains Lake Edward) and the Victoria-Nile (which drains Lake Victoria) flow into the Albert-Nile. The lake receives 4.6 cubic kilometers of water a year from precipitation and 24.9 cu km from the rivers of the basin; the evaporation is 7.5 cu km and the drainage is 22 cu km. The temperature of the water at the surface reaches 30°C. The lake is rich in fish (more than 40 species, including Nile perch and tiger fish) and is navigable. The major ports are Butiaba (Uganda) and Kasenyi (Congo). It was discovered in 1864 by the British explorer S. W. Baker, and named after Queen Victoria’s spouse.

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Tullow lancera maintenant un nouveau processus de vente pour reduire sa participation de 33,33% dans le projet Lake Albert, qui renferme plus de 1,5 milliard de barils de ressources recuperables decouvertes et qui devrait produire plus de 230 000 barils par jour au plus fort de sa production.
Tullow did not indicate to what extent it planned to sell down its Lake Albert stake.
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Meanwhile, the government has invited oil com- panies to submit bids for exploration permits of the remaining 60% of the Lake Albert basin.
baremoze were caught using gill nets of 4 inches from Lake Albert and landed at Abok fish landing site (02[degrees] 14.46'N 31[degrees]19.15'E) located in Panyimur subcounty on Lake Albert (Figure 1).
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, who won re-election last month, has promised Ugandans oil wealth from crude discovered beneath the Lake Albert area of western Uganda in 2006.
For instance, while the UK's Tullow Oil and France's Total have had to wait years for the government to let them develop oil fields in Uganda, the China National Offshore Oil Corporation has been granted a licence to proceed in the $2bn Kingfisher field on the shores of Lake Albert, which is expected to start production within three years.
According to Smith, “the DRC has significant oil reserves along the Atlantic coast, the Central Basin and Rift Valley (Lake Albert and Lake Tanganyika).
It actually breaks the stunning Victoria Nile, that flows across Uganda's northern region from the vast Lake Victoria to the deep Lake Kyoga and continuing to the northern tip of Lake Albert within the western arm of the great East African Rift.
NNA - More than 251 Congolese refugees perished in the weekend sinking of a crowded boat on Lake Albert, between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda, Kinshasa said Thursday, AFP reported.
The boat was one of two that left on Saturday morning from Uganda's Hoima district on the eastern side of Lake Albert, which lies on the border between the two countries, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a news release.