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Irregular Shoreline of Lake Volta, Ghana – February 19th, 2012

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February 19th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

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This orthoctified wide-swath ASAR image shows the irregular shoreline of Lake Volta, located completely within the country of Ghana. Lake Volta is the largest reservoir by surface area in the world, at about 8,502 kmĀ² (3,275 square miles). It is also the fourth largest one by water volume.

Lake Volta lies along the Greenwich Meridian, and just six degrees of latitude north of the Equator. The large white area to the west is the city of Kumasi. The lake’s northmost point is close to the town of Yapei, and its southmost extreme is at the Akosombo Dam, 520 kilometers downstream from Yapei. Akosombo Dam holds back both the White Volta River and the Black Volta River, which formerly converged, where the middle of the reservoir now lies, to form the single Volta River. The present Volta River flows from the outlets of the dam’s powerhouse and spillways to the Atlantic Ocean in southmost Ghana.

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