Lake Victoria - Uganda

Lake Victoria or Victoria Nyanza (also known as Ukerewe and Nalubaale) is one of the Great Lakes of Africa.Lake Victoria is 68,800 square kilometres (26,560 mi²) in size, making it the continent's largest lake, the largest tropical lake in the world, and the second largest fresh water lake in the world in terms of surface area (third largest if one considers Lake Michigan-Huron as a single lake). Being relatively shallow for its size, with a maximum depth of 84 m (276 ft) and a mean depth of 40 m (131 ft), Lake Victoria ranks as the seventh largest freshwater lake by volume, containing 2,750

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gato_del_sol_3 :

With water levels dropping due to more & more human use of water from Lake Victoria, couldn't one long-term alternative be to pipe in fresh water from the Indian Ocean? A desalinization plant could provide (say) 50 MM gallons of fresh water daily not only to the lake, but also to other cities. Seems to me a pipeline from (say) Mombasa to Nairobi and another to Kisumu could provide fresh water to both these cities and to the lake, provided that the water is not stolen along the way. Neighboring countries could provide financial aid in the creation of both the pipeline and desalization plant upon guarantees that the water would eventually end up benefiting Lake Victoria and its general health. What do others think?

oracle2world :
"The water level is dropping because Uganda is draining water to generate electricity: "Kull estimates that in the past two years, the Ugandan dams have released water at an average of almost 1250 cubic metres per second. That is 55 per cent more than the flow permitted for the relevant water levels." -- No one is going to add water to Lake Victoria at great expense to allow Uganda to drain even more water for their electrical grid. This is not a scientific or environmental problem ... it is a political problem. Kenya can call for all the action they want, but the solution will be to damage Uganda's hydro-electrical generators and/or dams. The US and Canada divide the Niagara river water very carefully through int'l treaty. Africa could care less about treaties, hence it is not a problem for anyone outside of Africa to address."
John L :
"Why not just pipe the water to where it's needed then? It's just not economically feasible."
dream_todance :

Why Lake Victoria is irregular( circular) in shape and Lake Tanganyika elongated in shape?

gandalf :
"Probably the topography; sticks in my craw that Victoria is either a paleocrater or in an extinct volcanic cone."
wugga-mugga :
"If you look at it it is only slightly round. The Lake Victoria lakebed has not been connected to any impact, or volcanic events, rather the lake is a Tectonic Basin, much like many of the great rift valley lakes. The basin the lake is in formed through structural upwarping of the land. You can see eveidence for this in the uplifting around entire basin and by the fact that it is a large but fairly shallow lake."
jdude :
"Maybe Tanganyika is a crack and Victoria is just that way. It *does* look like a crater of some sort on the map though. Probably the largest and even more round is the bay on the eastern shore of Hudson's Bay. We even have a flooded floor of ridges. Also similar is Sinus Iridium on the Moon. The inner "seawall" was flooded and only half of it is left."
fsoulis :

I am looking for the location of Lake Victoria.. I tried Google Earth and nothing came up. I know there is a HUGE lake in Africa. But there is one in Canada much much much smaller. Does anyone know where it is in Canada?

harry :
jivesucka :
"you might be confused. the only lake victoria's are in australia and south africa. however, The Victoria River is a river in western Newfoundland. It flows eastward from the Long Range Mountains to join the Exploits River at Red Indian Lake. It is 137 km in length."
Christina :
"Next time try just google. Lake Victoria, is believe it or not on Vancouver Island in BC. Not surprising since the provincial capital (Victoria) is there too... I'm surprise other Canadians never thought of looking there? Check out this website for more details."
daveycakes :
"Lake Victoria is in Africa. Not Canada"


Comments on Lake Victoria

Date: 2008-02-05 13:33:48

I'm a driver for the Star Liner bus company in Kenya. Two weeks after the elections, the situation appeared to have cooled a bit, so buses were starting to fill up with people from Kisumu on Lake Victoria returning to their jobs in Mombasa. One day last month, I set off on that route with 47 passengers aboard....

Date: 2008-02-05 13:33:48

Man swims in Lake Victoria, contracts virus that paralyzes him from waist down. No health insurance, he is struggling to regain control of his legs while facing massive hospital bills.

Dean Jakson
Date: 2008-02-05 13:33:48

The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) says there is nothing it can do to reduce the odour from dead and dying fish at Lake Boga, near Swan Hill in north-west Victoria.

Date: 2008-02-05 13:33:48

In a new anti-AIDS strategy one of the major Muslim and political leaders in Uganda made a proposal to the President. "I asked President Museveni to get us an island on Lake Victoria and we take these homosexuals and they die out there," Sheikh Mubajje said during a press briefing after Idd el Fitr prayers.

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