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The Democratic Republic of Congo



GEOGRAPHY OF THE D. R. CONGO

Capital:Kinshasa
Administrative units:26 provinces including the capital district :
Bas-Uele, Equateur,Haut-Lomami, Haut-Katanga, Haut-Uele, Ituri, Kasai, Kasai Oriental,Kinshasa, Kongo central, Kwango, Kwilu, Lomami, Lualaba, Kasaļ Central, Mai-Ndombe, Maniema, Mongala, Nord-Kivu, Nord-Ubangi, Sankuru,Sud-Kivu, Sud-Ubangi, Tanganyika, Tshopo, Tshuapa.
Other towns:Bandundu, Bukavu, Goma, Kananga, Kikwit, Kindu, Kisangani, Kolwezi, Likasi, Lubumbashi, Matadi, Mbandaka, Mbuji-Mayi.
Area:Total: 2,345,409 sq km
Water: 77,810 sq km
Land: 2,267,600 sq km
Coastline: 37 km
Comparative Area:About one-fourth the size of the USA
Land boundaries:Total: 10,730 km
Border countries: Angola 2,511 km (of which 225 km is theboundary of Angola's discontiguous Cabinda Province), Burundi 233 km,Central African Republic 1,577 km, Republic of the Congo 2,410 km,Rwanda 217 km, Sudan 628 km, Tanzania 459 km, Uganda 765 km, Zambia1,930 km
Climate: Tropical;hot and humid in equatorial river basin; cooler and drier in southernhighlands; cooler and wetter in eastern highlands; north of Equator -wet season April to October, dry season December to February; south ofEquator - wet season November to March, dry season April to October
Terrain: Vast central basin is a low-lying plateau; mountains in east
Elevation extremes:Lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m
Highest point: Pic Marguerite on Mont Ngaliema 5,110 m
Natural hazards:Periodic droughts in South; Congo River floods (seasonal); in the East, in the Great Rift Valley, there are active volcanoes