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Jagged Contours of Lake Volta, Ghana

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June 19th, 2012 Category: Lakes

Ghana - January 3rd, 2012

This orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image shows the jagged contours of 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). Lake Volta lies along the Greenwich Meridian, and just six degrees of latitude north of the Equator. The lake’s northmost point is close to the town of Yapei, and its southmost extreme is at the Akosombo Dam, 520 kilometers downstream from Yapei. The Akosombo Dam holds back both the White Volta River and the Black Volta River, which formerly converged, where the middle of the reservoir now lies, to form the single Volta River. The present Volta River flows from the outlets of the dam’s powerhouse and spillways to the Atlantic Ocean in southmost Ghana.

Irregular Shoreline of Lake Volta, Ghana – February 19th, 2012

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February 19th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Ghana - February 5th, 2012

This orthoctified wide-swath ASAR image shows the irregular shoreline of Lake Volta, located completely within the country of Ghana. Lake Volta is the largest reservoir by surface area in the world, at about 8,502 km² (3,275 square miles). It is also the fourth largest one by water volume.

Lake Volta lies along the Greenwich Meridian, and just six degrees of latitude north of the Equator. The large white area to the west is the city of Kumasi. The lake’s northmost point is close to the town of Yapei, and its southmost extreme is at the Akosombo Dam, 520 kilometers downstream from Yapei. Akosombo Dam holds back both the White Volta River and the Black Volta River, which formerly converged, where the middle of the reservoir now lies, to form the single Volta River. The present Volta River flows from the outlets of the dam’s powerhouse and spillways to the Atlantic Ocean in southmost Ghana.

City of Kumasi Near Lake Volta, Ghana – November 8th, 2011

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

Ghana - November 7th, 2011

This wide-swath ASAR image shows the jagged shoreline of Lake Volta, in Ghana. The lake is formed by the Akosombo Dam, whose construction began in 1961 with completion in 1965. Akosombo Dam holds back both the White Volta River and the Black Volta River, which formerly converged, where the middle of the reservoir now lies, to form the single Volta River.

Visible as a bright white circular area to the west of the lake’s westernmost arm is the city of Kumasi, in southern central Ghana’s Ashanti region. It is located near Lake Bosomtwe, visible here as a circular dark area southeast of the city, in the Rain Forest Region. It is situated about 250 kilometres (160 mi) (by road) northwest of Accra. Kumasi is approximately 300 miles (480 km) north of the Equator and 100 miles (160 km) north of the Gulf of Guinea.

Popcorn Clouds Near Lake Volta, Ghana

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November 3rd, 2011 Category: Lakes

Ghana - October 29th, 2011

Popcorn clouds dot the skies over Ghana near 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).

Lake Volta lies along the Greenwich Meridian, and just six degrees of latitude north of the Equator. The lake’s northmost point is close to the town of Yapei, and its southmost extreme is at the Akosombo Dam, 520 kilometers downstream from Yapei.

Akosombo Dam holds back both the White Volta River and the Black Volta River, which formerly converged, where the middle of the reservoir now lies, to form the single Volta River. The present Volta River flows from the outlets of the dam’s powerhouse and spillways to the Atlantic Ocean in southmost Ghana. Here, the northwestern arm of the lake shows more coloring from sediments than the central and southern reaches.

Smoke Blowing Towards Lake Volta, Ghana

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December 2nd, 2009 Category: Fires, Lakes

Ghana - November 26th, 2009

Ghana - November 26th, 2009

Smoke from agricultural fires in central Africa blows towards Lake Volta, near the coast in the lower half of this image. The lake is 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).

Lake Volta lies along the Greenwich Meridian, and just six degrees of latitude north of the Equator. The lake’s northmost point is close to the town of Yapei, and its southmost extreme is at the Akosombo Dam, 520 kilometers downstream from Yapei.

Akosombo Dam holds back both the White Volta River and the Black Volta River, which formerly converged, where the middle of the reservoir now lies, to form the single Volta River. The present Volta River flows from the outlets of the dam’s powerhouse and spillways to the Atlantic Ocean in southmost Ghana.

This huge reservoir was formed beginning in 1965, when the large Akosombo Dam was completed. Because of the formation of Lake Volta, about 78,000 people were relocated to new towns and villages, along with 200,000 animals belonging to them. About 120 buildings were destroyed, not including small residences.

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