The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Ruwenzori

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RUWENZORI, roo-wĕn-zō'rē, a group of mountains in Africa, north of the equator, discovered by Stanley in 1888, in his great journey from the west to the east coast, when he rescued Emin Pasha. It is a chain of heights about 16,000 feet in elevation, is clad with snow and traversed by large glaciers. It lies about 200 miles to the westward of the Victoria Nyanza and between the Albert Nyanza and Albert Edward Nyanza. The river Semliki, which connects the two lakes, flows in a valley near the range. The snow-line is about 13,000 feet above sea-level. These mountains are sometimes identified with the Mountains of the Moon, spoken of by ancient writers.