The Congo River has many personalities. At Malebo Pool, the river is fed into a wide basin where many islands rest in the placid waters. Downstream, the waters reflect the images and sounds of civilization between the cities of Kinshasa and Brazzaville. Farther on, a wild and turbulent nature is shown as it rushes down to the Atlantic. After coursing through the Crystal Mountains, it roars down a stupendous series of rapids and cataracts.