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African Great Lakes

Name the lakes that are often considered to be the Great Lakes of Africa.
Size on map may not reflect recent fluctuations in lake size
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Last updated: December 9, 2015
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First submittedFebruary 24, 2013
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km2
Lake
68,800
Lake Victoria
32,900
Lake Tanganyika
29,600
Lake Malawi
6,405
Lake Turkana
5,760
Lake Rukwa
5,300
Lake Albert
5,120
Lake Mweru
2,700
Lake Kivu
2,325
Lake Edward
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Level 76
Dec 11, 2015
Learnt a few lakes I never knew existed... Funny watching them go from healthy blue to algal bloom green when I got the big three right, then saw the rest turn even more algally crazy/polluted red!
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Level 76
Dec 11, 2015
good point! and who's responsible for making all the land yellow?
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Level 77
Jul 11, 2017
Some sort of global desertification apocalypse, probably...
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Level 74
Feb 12, 2020
are these thick black lines giant walls or something?
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Level 66
Mar 16, 2022
what about country borders...
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Level 76
Dec 11, 2015
How about making a 'Lake Shapes' quiz?
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Level 65
Jan 22, 2016
I think that at this point, putting images in quizzes is common knowledge....
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Level 65
Apr 7, 2016
not always
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Level 65
Apr 7, 2016
+1
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Level 9
Apr 7, 2016
Who else wrote Kurwa instead of Rukwa?
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Level 54
Apr 8, 2021
I did
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Level 65
Apr 7, 2016
What makes these lakes so great? Michigan lakes will take them on anytime, anywhere! We'll just see who's great!
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Level 65
Apr 7, 2016
lol
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Level 68
Apr 7, 2016
Great Central Asia Lakes will prevail!
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Level 77
Jun 27, 2018
BlackLab, if you're measuring greatness by the number of endemic species of fish, probably lakes Malawi and Tanganyika would win hands down.
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Level 65
Apr 7, 2016
I'm so pround of myself for spelling "Tanganyika" correctly on my first try.
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Level 65
Dec 22, 2020
Maybe because of type-ins.
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Level 75
Apr 7, 2016
Tanganyika was the only one I knew, but I just started guessing a lot of British royal names and bagged three more.
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Level 68
Apr 7, 2016
I wondered why Albert was so high on the guessed. So easy to spell/memorize.
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Level 60
Jan 23, 2024
And Edward.
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Level 81
Jan 31, 2024
And he was the husband of Victoria, who most people know to be someone one of the lakes is named after, so he's a logical next choice.

"Victoria and Albert" is a pretty common name for things, especially in (post) English-colonial Africa.

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Level 77
Jun 14, 2017
Only knew the largest three lakes before. And should accept Edouard as Edward because D.R.Congo names most of the names in French.
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Level 66
Sep 19, 2017
Why does Rukwa look so small, despite being larger than Albert.
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Level 70
Dec 18, 2019
Yes, I did notice that too
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Level 27
Jul 13, 2018
It's "Lac Edouard" not Lake Edward
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Level 92
Mar 18, 2022
Only if you're GloireÀL’Empire
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Level 56
May 4, 2019
Can you accept Mueru, Rukua and Kiwu?
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Level 28
Apr 2, 2020
got all but lake Rukua
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Level 28
Apr 2, 2020
good quiz
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Level 66
Sep 8, 2020
Only knew the Big 3 + Kivu. Know about Kivu because it's apparently explosive or something, due to high amount of some gas at the bottom of it (which Rwanda extracts). Also because of the Kivu ebola epidemic in the DRC.
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Level 51
Sep 9, 2020
Got Tanganyika, Nyasa, and Victoria.
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Level 79
Feb 25, 2021
Lake Rukwa looks smaller than Lake Mweru in this map.
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Level 64
Mar 16, 2022
3/9 and still got 3 points. Africa is not well known on Jetpunk
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Level 40
Apr 17, 2022
Got all but Turkana. :(
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Level 51
Jan 22, 2024
I forgot about Turkana Boy!
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Level 72
Nov 27, 2023
For a while, I thought Lake Kariba was one of the African Great Lakes. Turns out, it's an artificial lake/reservoir! At 5,580 square kilometres, it's bigger than Lake Albert!
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Level 46
Jan 30, 2024
Last Quiz I needed to get this badge.Lets go!
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Level 59
Apr 11, 2024
For some reason I keep spelling Turkana as Kurtana