Chogray Reservoir on East Manych River, Southern Russia
Chogray Reservoir, appearing light grey parallel to the top edge, is an artificial lake on the East Manych River on the border of Stavropol Krai and Kalmykia in southern Russia. It is 49 km long, with an area of 185 square km and a volume of 0.7 cubic km.
The reservoir was constructed between 1969 and 1973, primarily to satisfy the demands of local irrigated farming, many fields of which can be seen here making checked patterns on the surrounding land.
Besides capturing water naturally brought by the tributaries of the East Manych River, Chogray Reservoir receives water from the Terek River and the Kuma River over the Kuma-Manych Canal, which was completed a few years before the lake.
Later on, another irrigation canal, Chernyye Zemli Main Canal, was built, taking water from Chogray Reservoir further east and north, into Kalmykia.