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Stanley, Krisha Raja Sagara and Kabini Reservoirs in Southern India

11.9N 77.7E

April 15th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

India - March 5th, 2010

India - March 5th, 2010

Several artificial reservoirs are visible near the Biligirirangan Hills (brown and green U-shaped area near image center), in southern India. These are the Stanley Reservoir, east of the hills and identifiable by its sideways V-shape, the Krishna Raja Sagara Lake, northwest of the hills, and the Kabini Reservoir, west of the hills.

The source of water for the Stanley Resersvoir is the River Kaveri (Cauvery), and the water is retained by the Mettur Dam, Tamil Nadu. Its total capacity is more than 90,000,000,000 cubic feet (90 tmc ft). The dam, which was completed in 1934, and the creation of the reservoir caused the submersion of two villages, all of whose inhabitants were relocated to Mettur.

Krishna Raja Sagara, is the name of both a lake and the dam that creates it. The dam, completed in 1924, is across Kaveri River, in Mandya District near Mysore in Karnataka state, India.

Finally, the huge Kabini Reservoir is situated along the Kabini River, close to the town of H D Kote. The backwaters of the Kabini Reservoir are very rich in wildlife especially in summer when the water level recedes to form rich grassy meadows. The Kabini Dam is 2,284 feet (696 m) in height with a gross storage of 19.52tmcft but has reduced considerably due to silt accumulation.

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