The Zambezi is the fourth longest river in Africa, and the largest
flowing into the Indian Ocean. The 2,574 km (1,599 mi) long river has
its source in Zambia and flows through Angola, along the border
Zambia and Zimbabwe, to Mozambique, where it empties into the Indian
Ocean. The Zambezi's most spectacular feature is Victoria Falls, one
of the world's largest waterfalls. Other notable falls include the
Chavuma Falls at the border between Zambia and Angola, and Ngonye
Falls, near Sioma in Western Zambia. Over its entire course, the
Zambezi is spanned by only five bridges: at Chinyingi, Katima Mulilo,
Victoria Falls, Chirundu and Tete. There are two main sources of
hydroelectric power on the river. These are the Kariba Dam, which
provides power to Zambia and Zimbabwe and the Cabora-Bassa Dam in
Mozambique which provides power to South Africa.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Louis XIV of France, the "Sun King", died after a reign of 72 years,
longer than any other French or other major European monarch.
The Great Kanto earthquake devastated Tokyo and Yokohama,
about 100,000 people.
Germany launched the Polish Campaign and attacked Poland at Wieluń and
Westerplatte, starting World War II.
Australia, New Zealand and the United States signed a mutual defence
pact known as the ANZUS Treaty.
The civilian airliner Korean Air Flight 007, carrying 246
and 23 crew, was shot down by Soviet fighter aircraft.
Wikiquote of the day:
It takes a real storm in the average person's life to make him realize
how much worrying he has done over the squalls." -- Bruce Fairchild