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Lake Volta and Accra, Ghana – July 8th, 2011

5.5N 0.1W

July 8th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Ghana - July 7th, 2011

The large body of water at the top of this orthorectified image of Ghana is Lake Volta, the largest reservoir by surface area in the world, and the fourth largest one by water volume. It is located completely within the country of Ghana, and it has a surface area of about 8,502 km² (3,275 square miles).

Visible south of Lake Volta in the full image is Accra, the capital and largest city of Ghana. Originally built around a port, Accra stretches along the Ghanaian Atlantic coast and extends north into the interior.

Sun Glint Giving Silvery Glow to Lake Volta, Ghana

7.1N 0.1E

March 22nd, 2011 Category: Lakes

Ghana - March 19th, 2011

Sun glint highlights the irregularly shaped shores of Lake Volta and makes the lake surface appear silvery white in color. The lake is located completely within the country of Ghana.

With a surface area of about 8,502 km² (3,275 square miles), Lake Volta is the largest reservoir by surface area in the world. By water volume, it is also the fourth largest.

The southern end of the lake is near the Atlantic Ocean, and the entire lake is surrounded by tropical vegetation known as Sudanian Savannas. In the full image, this green belt of vegetation becomes drier as one moves northward and turns into the Sahel. The Sahel is the ecoclimatic and biogeographic zone of transition between the Sahara desert in the north and the Sudanian Savannas in the south.

Hazy Skies Over Lake Volta, Ghana

7.1N 0.1E

January 14th, 2011 Category: Fires, Lakes

Ghana - December 27th, 2010

This image focuses on Lake Volta, in Ghana. It is the largest reservoir by surface area in the world, at about 8,502 km² (3,275 square miles). By water volume, it is also the fourth largest reservoir.

Here, the skies over the reservoir appear translucent due to smoke blowing across Ghana from fires burning elsewhere on the African continent.

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.

Grassland Plains and Forests of Ghana by Lake Volta

7.1N 0.1E

June 26th, 2010 Category: Lakes

Ghana - June 8th, 2010

Ghana - June 8th, 2010

This image shows the grassland plains of northern Ghana, light brown, giving way to the heavily forested southern regions of the country, bright green. Ghana’s terrain is generally flat, as it is dominated by the basin of the Volta River.

Visible near the bottom, surrounded by clouds, is Lake Volta, the largest reservoir by surface area in the world (about 8,502 km² [3,275 square miles]). It is also the fourth largest reservoir by water volume.