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Murchison Falls,rapids on the lower Victoria NileVictoria Nile,
river, section of the White Nile, c.260 mi (420 km) long, central Uganda, E central Africa. It drains from the northern end of Lake Victoria (see Victoria, Lake) at Jinja and flows generally north and west, over Ripon Falls and Owen Falls (both now submerged),
..... Click the link for more information. River, NW Uganda, 22 mi (35 km) E of Lake Albert (see Albert, LakeAlbert, Lake,
or Albert Nyanza
, 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).
..... Click the link for more information. ). The river, narrowing to about 20 ft (6 m) wide, flows through precipitously cleft rocks, dropping 400 ft (122 m) in a series of three cascades to the level of Lake Albert; the first and largest (141 ft/43 km) is sometimes considered to be Murchison Falls. Located in Murchison Falls National Park (est. 1952; 1,483 sq mi/3,840 sq km), the falls are named for the British geologist Sir Roderick MurchisonMurchison, Sir Roderick Impey
, 1792–1871, British geologist. He served in the Napoleonic Wars but after the peace turned his attention to science. In the 1830s he undertook the investigation of previously undifferentiated rock strata in Wales and England; as a result of
..... Click the link for more information. . They also are known as Kabalega, or Kabarega, Falls after a Bunyoro king.
(1) A waterfall in eastern Africa (Uganda) on the Victoria Nile River, 32 km above the river’s influx into Lake Mobutu Sese Seko (Lake Albert). Elevation, 40 m; width at the narrowest section, approximately 6 m. The falls were discovered in 1864 by S. Baker and named for the English geologist and geographer R. I. Murchison.
(2) A series of rapids and waterfalls in the middle course of the Shire River (a tributary of the Zambezi River) in Malawi. Length of the rapids, approximately 40 km. Discovered by D. Livingstone in 1859.