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.