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Qinhai Lake and Reservoir from Laxiwa Dam on Yellow River, China

36.1N 100.7E

November 17th, 2010 Category: Lakes

China - November 9th, 2010

Qinghai Lake, the large body of water in the upper left quadrant, is a saline lake situated in a depression of the Tibetan Plateau, south of the Tengger Desert, in northwest China. Visible on the right side of the image is the Yellow River, which is surrounded by terrain that is brown in color.

The smaller, hook-shaped lake to its south is a reservoir on the Yellow River created by the Laxiwa Dam, a large hydroelectric dam in Qinghai Province. The facility generates power by utilizing six turbines, each with a generating capacity of 700 MW, totalling to a capacity of 4,200 MW. Construction started on April 18 2006 and is scheduled for completion in 2010.

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