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Audubon Lake and Lake Sakakawea South of Minot, in North Dakota, USA

48.2N 101.2W

November 10th, 2010 Category: Lakes

USA - December 11th, 2009

Lake Sakakawea, visible near the bottom, is a reservoir in the Missouri River basin in central North Dakota, USA. It averages between 2 and in width and is 14 mi wide at its widest point (Van Hook arm).

The section of the lake furthest east is part of the Audubon National Wildlife Refuge, which consists of 14,735 acres (60 km²). Most of the refuge area is a lake known as Audubon Lake, which has 100 islands that provide nesting habitat for birds. Another 3,020 acres (12 km²) consists of wetlands crucial to numerous bird and mammal species.

While most of the rest of the image is dotted by rectangular fields, the city of Minot can be seen as a white patch near the top, on the Drift Prairie. With a population of 36,567 at the 2000 census, Minot is the fourth largest city in the state of North Dakota.

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