The world’s longest freshwater lake • Earth.com

Last update: July 19th, 2019 at 5:00 pm

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features Lake Tanganyika, which is the second oldest freshwater lake in existence.

This African Great Lake is also the world’s longest freshwater lake and second deepest, containing about 17 percent of the freshwater on the planet.

With depths of up to 1,470 meters, Tanganyika supports about 1,500 species of animals.

This false color image was captured on June 18, 2019, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

 

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