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Lake Volta in Ghana and Lake Kainji in Nigeria

10.3N 4.5E

November 18th, 2010 Category: Lakes

Nigeria - November 9th, 2010

This image stretches from Ghana (left), across Togo and Benin, to Nigeria (center, right). Clouds dot the skies over the coast, while further inland the landscape can be seen changing from tropical rainforest to drier savannah as one moves northward.

Two lakes can also be observed: Kainji Lake, golden tan from sediments just right of the image center, and Lake Volta, in Ghana in the lower left corner. Kainji Lake is a reservoir on the Niger River in western Nigeria, formed by the Kainji Dam. Lake Volta, located completely within Ghana, is the largest reservoir by surface area in the world, and the fourth largest one by water volume. It is formed by the Akosombo Dam.

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