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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Sankuru

 

a river in central Africa, in Zaire, a right tributary of the Kasai River in the Congo (Zaire) River basin. The San-kuru is more than 1,000 km long and drains an area of approximately 156,000 sq km.

The upper Sankuru, known as the Lubilash, flows through a deep valley, forming rapids and waterfalls; below Wolf Falls, the valley is wider. The water level rises during the summer rainy season, which lasts from September-October through April; the lowest level occurs in August. The flow rate at the mouth varies from 700 to 4,300 cu m per sec; the mean annual flow rate is 2,500 cu m per sec. The Sankuru is navigable for 580 km from the mouth. There are hydroelectric power plants on the upper Sankuru. Diamonds are mined in the basin of the Sankuru.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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