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Lake Argyle on the Kimberley Plateau, Australia

16.1S 128.7E

December 2nd, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Australia - November 24th, 2009

Australia - November 24th, 2009

Lake Argyle is Australia’s second largest artificial lake by volume. It is part of the Ord River Irrigation Scheme and is located near the East Kimberley town of Kununurra in Western Australia. The primary inflow is the Ord River, while the Bow River and many other smaller creeks also flow into the dam.

The lake filled to capacity in 1973, flooding large parts of the Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley on the Kimberley Plateau, about eighty kilometres inland from the Joseph Bonaparte Gulf, close to the border with the Northern Territory.

Lake Argyle normally has a surface area of about 1,000 square kilometres. The storage capacity, to the top of the spillway is 10,763,000 megalitres. Lake Argyle’s usual storage volume is 5,797,000 megalitres, making it the second largest reservoir in Australia. At maximum flood level, the lake would hold 35 million megalitres of water and cover a surface area of 2,072 square kilometres.

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