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Sobradinho Reservoir and Sao Francisco River, Brazil

9.8S 41.5W

September 7th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Brazil - July 23rd, 2011

Visible just west of the spotty clouds is the Sobradinho Reservoir, a large lake located in Sobradinho, in the north of the Brazilian state of Bahia. The lake encloses the waters of the São Francisco River, one of the largest and most important rivers in Brazil.

The reservoir measures approximately 320 km (200 mi) long, 4,214 km2 (1,627 sq mi) in surface area, and a storage capacity of 34.1 km3 (8.2 cu mi) at its nominal elevation of 392.5 m (1,287.7 ft), making it the 12th-largest reservoir (artificial lake) in the world.

 

Sobradinho Lake and Serra da Mesa Reservoir, Brazil

12.3S 46.3W

August 24th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Brazil - August 12th, 2011

This image of Brazil includes parts of the states of Bahia (right), Tocantins (upper left) and Goiás (lower left). Two large reservoirs can be seen: the bright green Sobradinho Lake (center right), in the state of Bahia, and the reservoir created by the Serra da Mesa Dam (lower left), in the state of Goiás.

Sobradinho Lake, fed by the São Francisco River,  covers a surface area of 4,225 km2, making it the largest by surface area in Brazil. It has a mean depth of 8.6 m and a maximum depth of 30 m.

The Serra da Mesa Dam, an embankment dam on the Tocantins River, creates the largest reservoir by volume in Brazil, with a capacity of 54,400,000,000 m3 (1.92×1012 cu ft) and surface area of 1,784 km2 (689 sq mi).

Golden and Green Sediments in Brazil’s Sobradinho Lake

9.8S 41.5W

May 10th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Brazil - May 1st, 2011

Sediments give the waters of Sobradinho Lake, in the Brazilian state of Bahia, golden and green hues. The lake is fed by the São Francisco River (visible on the left side of the full image).

The reservoir covers a surface area of 4,225 km2, making it the largest in Brazil. It has a mean depth of 8.6 m and a maximum depth of 30 m.

 

Sediments from São Francisco River in Sobradinho Lake, Brazil – April 29th, 2011

10.6S 42.8W

April 29th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers, Sediments

Brazil - April 15th, 2011

Sediments from the São Francisco River give Sobradinho Lake coloring that changes from brown, to golden tan, to green. The lake is located in the northern part of the Brazilian state of Bahi.

Created by the construction of the Sobradinho Dam, the reservoir itself is the largest in Brazil, covering a surface area of 4,225 km2. It has a mean depth of 8.6 m and a maximum depth of 30 m.

Sobradinho Lake and São Francisco River, Brazil

9.4S 40.8W

May 5th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Brazil - April 29th, 2010

Brazil - April 29th, 2010

This image of Brazil includes parts of the states of Bahia (right), Tocantins (upper left) and Goiás (lower left).  Sobradinho Lake can be seen in the northern part of Bahia.  Its southern reaches appear tan from sediments, while the northern part is green in color.

It was created by the construction of the Sobradinho Dam on the São Francisco River. The reservoir itself is the largest in Brazil, covering a surface area of 4,225 km2. It has a mean depth of 8.6 m and a maximum depth of 30 m.