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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 kmĀ² (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.