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Shire River

 

Shire River

Shire River
River
The Shire near Nsanje, Malawi
Countries Malawi, Mozambique
Source Lake Malawi
 - elevation 474 m (1,555 ft)
 - coordinates
Mouth Zambezi
 - coordinates
Length 402 km (250 mi)

The Shire is the largest river in Blantyre.

Beyond Chikwawa, the lower river turns southeast and enters the low lying Mozambique plain. Its largest and one of its few perennial tributaries, the Ruo River, joins the Shire near the Malawian town of Chiromo. The muddy waters pass though a large stagnant area known as the Elephant Marsh before reaching the confluence with the Zambezi River south of the town of Sena, Mozambique.

In 1859, David Livingstone's Zambezi Expedition traveled up the Shire as far as Kapichira Falls in what is now the Majete Game Reserve.

The river's valley is part of the East African Rift system.[1]

Ferry crossing the Shire in Mozambique

References

  1. ^ Live Search Maps

Application of self-organising maps and multi-layer perceptron-artificial neural networks for streamflow and water level forecasting in data-poor catchments: the case of the Lower Shire floodplain, Malawi. http://www.iwaponline.com/nh/up/nh2014168.htm


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