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Smoke Over Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Neighboring Countries

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March 28th, 2012 Category: Fires

Dust and Smoke Over West Africa - March 24th, 2012

Smoke, likely mixed with dust from the intense storm that blew Saharan sands about West Africa over the last week (click here for previous images), creates a hazy veil over Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria (left to right). Partially visible through the haze near the center of the coastline is Lake Volta, in 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.

Vegetation Index in Ghana Near Lake Volta Ranges from Good to High

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November 1st, 2011 Category: Lakes

Ghana - October 29th, 2011

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index near Lake Volta, in Ghana, near the border with Togo (right). Photosynthetic activity is generally good (green) throughout the image.

The index is highest (rusty red) to the southwest of the lake, in southwestern Ghana, and near the lake’s eastern shoreline. The index becomes lower (yellow) as one moves northward to the top of the image.

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