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Ciudad Guayana Near Confluence of Orinoco and Caroní Rivers, Venezuela

8.3N 62.6W

February 14th, 2012 Category: Rivers

Venezuela - January 3rd, 2012

This orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image shows Ciudad Guayana (visible just above the image center), a city in Bolívar State, Venezuela. It lies south of the Orinoco, where the river is joined by the Caroní River. The city, officially founded in 1961, is actually composed of the old town of San Félix at the east and the new town of Puerto Ordaz at the west, which lie either banks of the Caroní and are connected by three bridges. The city stretches 40 kilometers along the south bank of the Orinoco.

The Orinoco is one of the longest rivers in South America at 2,140 km (1,330 mi). Its drainage basin, sometimes called the Orinoquia, covers 880,000 square kilometres (340,000 sq mi), with 76.3% of it in Venezuela and the remainder in Colombia. The Orinoco and its tributaries are the major transportation system for eastern and interior Venezuela and the llanos of Colombia. The Caroni River is the second most important river of Venezuela, the second in flow, and one of the longest, at 952 km. Visible in the lower part of the image is the large reservoir created by the Guri Dam on the Caroni River.

Reservoir of the Guri Dam, Venezuela

April 18th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Venezuela - April 13th, 2009

Venezuela - April 13th, 2009

This large reservoir in Venezuela’s Bolívar State was created by the Guri Dam on the Caroni River. One of the largest dams in the world, it is 1300 meters long and 162 m high. Its official name is Central Hidroeléctrica Simón Bolívar (previously named Central Hidroeléctrica Raúl Leoni from 1978 to 2000).

The dam has long been the focus of much controversy, as the lake it created destroyed thousands of square miles of forest formerly renowned for its biodiversity and rare wildlife, including the only place where the recently-discovered Carrizal Seedeater (a finch-like tanager) was ever found.

At the moment, Guri occupies the third place among hydroelectric plants in the world, with 10,200 MW of installed capacity total. The dam itself is in eighth place for greatest volume of water dammed in the world.