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River Nile originated from which lake?
A) Lake Volta
B) Lake Malawi
C) Lake Victoria
D) Lake Tanganyika

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Hint: The Nile River is approximately 4,258 miles, and is the longest river in the world. The river flows northward through eastern Africa and into the Mediterranean Sea and passes through 11 countries. It originates from the largest lake in Africa.

Complete answer:
The Nile consists of 2 major tributaries: the longer White Nile, regarded as the primary stream and headwaters; and the Blue Nile, which carries around two-thirds of the river’s water volume and the majority of the silt.

Let us look into the given options:
Option A Lake Volta: It is an artificial lake in Ghana, and on the basis of its surface area is the largest artificial reservoir in the world. It is not the correct option.
Option B Lake Malawi: Ruhuhu River, which is located in the northern part of Malawi, is the primary inflow of Lake Malawi. The outlet of Lake Malawi is the Shire River, which is located in the southern region of the country and is also the largest river in Malawi. It is not the correct option.
Option C Lake Victoria: The Nile River (White Nile) begins at Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa. The lake touches the countries of Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. It is the correct option.
Option D Lake Tanganyika: Lake Tanganyika is regarded as an African Great Lake, and is the world’s longest freshwater lake. It is also the second-oldest freshwater lake in the world, and the second-largest by volume. Again, not a correct option.

Thus, the correct answer is Option ‘C’ i.e, Lake Victoria.

Note: Lake Tana in Ethiopia is the source of the Blue Nile. The Blue Nile meets up with the White Nile near Khartoum, the capital city of Sudan. From there, the river flows north through Egypt’s desert, and eventually, through a large delta, the Nile flows into the Mediterranean Sea.