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Ross Barnett Reservoir by Jackson, Mississippi, USA

32.2N 90.1W

January 22nd, 2011 Category: Lakes

USA - December 26th, 2010

This ASAR image shows the Ross Barnett Reservoir, an impoundment of the Pearl River between Madison and Rankin Counties in the U.S. state of Mississippi.

The 33,000-acre (130 km2) lake serves as the state’s largest drinking water resource, and is managed by the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District. The lake features 105 miles (169 km) of shoreline impounded on the south by a 3.5-mile (5.6 km) man-made dam and spillway.

Visible as a white area to the southwest of the lake is the city of Jackson, the capital and the most populous city of Mississippi. The 2000 census recorded Jackson’s population at 184,256, but according to July 1, 2008 estimates, the city’s population was 173,861 and its five-county Jackson metropolitan area had a population of 628,817.

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