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Heyshope Dam in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa

27S 30.5E

December 18th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

South Africa - November 30th, 2009

South Africa - November 30th, 2009

This orthorectified image focuses on the southern part of South Africa’s Mpumalanga province. The various cities and towns visible as white areas generally rely on mining and agriculture; farms in the region produce maize, sunflower seeds, sorghum, rye and potatoes.

By the upper right edge of is the reservoir of the Heyshope Dam on the Assegaai River, in the southeastern corner of Mpumalanga at an altitude of 1100 metres above sea level. The reservoir is fairly large with a surface area of 50 square kilometres, a capacity of 452 million cubic metres and a shoreline of 120 km. The lake has 2 distinct arms: the left one looking from the wall of the dam is approximately 30 km in length, while the right arm is shorter, approximately 15 km in length.

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