Photographer's Note

Last sunday I could discover Niger river with some traditional fishermen: look at this beautiful landscape! I can't imagine it in dry season...
The origin of the name Niger is unknown. It would have been more likely for Portuguese explorers to have used their own word, negro, as they did elsewhere in the world, but in any case the Niger is not a blackwater river. Some have rationalized that 'black' may have referred to the color of the people living on the river, but this did not happen to any other river in Africa. The name is thus thought to be indigenous, but no convincing origin has been found among the thirty languages of the Niger delta and lower reaches of the river. One hypothesis is that it comes from the Tuareg phrase gher n gheren "river of rivers" (shortened to ngher), originating in the middle reaches of the river around Timbuktu.
The nations of Nigeria and Niger are named after the river. The people who live along it have a variety of names for it, such as Isa Ber ("big river" in Songhay, one of the Niger state languages).
The Niger River is a relatively "clear" river, carrying only a tenth as much sediment as the Nile because the Niger's headlands are located in ancient rocks that provide little silt. Like the Nile, the Niger floods yearly: this begins in september, peaks in november, and finishes by may.
An unusual feature of the river is the Niger Inland Delta, which forms where its gradient suddenly decreases. The result is a region of braided streams, marshes, and lakes the size of Belgium; the seasonal floods make the Delta extremely productive for both fishing and agriculture.
The Niger takes one of the most unusual routes of any major river, a boomerang shape that baffled European geographers for two millennia. Its source is just 150 miles (240 km) inland from the Atlantic Ocean, but the river runs away from the sea into the Sahara Desert, then takes a sharp right turn near the ancient city of Timbuktu (Tombouctou) and heads southeast to the Gulf of Guinea.

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Alberto Piubello (albertopiubello) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 331 W: 41 N: 881] (2623)
  • Genre: Pessoas
  • Medium: Cor
  • Date Taken: 2007-09-02
  • Categories: Natureza
  • Exposição: f/4.9
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  • Versão da Foto: Versão Original
  • Date Submitted: 2007-09-05 12:37
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