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Cahora Bassa Lake on Zambezi River, Mozambique

15.6S 32.1E

January 1st, 2012 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Mozambique - December 24th, 2011

Parallel to the top edge of this image is the Cahora Bassa lake, Africa’s fourth-largest artificial lake, situated in the Tete Province in Mozambique. In Africa, only Lake Volta in Ghana, Lake Kariba, on the Zambezi upstream of Cahora Bassa, and Egypt’s Lake Nasser are bigger in terms of surface water.

The lake is situated on the middle section of the Zambezi River. The middle segment ends where the river enters Lake Cahora Bassa. Formerly the site of dangerous rapids known as Kebrabassa, the lake was created in 1974 by the construction of the Cahora Bassa Dam. Most of the electricity generated by Cahora Bassa, is sold to nearby South Africa.