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Lake Oahe and Partially Frozen Lake Sakakawea, USA

44.8N 100.6W

April 2nd, 2012 Category: Lakes, Rivers

USA - December 23rd, 2011

The Missouri River winds its way across this image of North and South Dakota, USA. Two large reservoirs can be seen along the river’s course: Lake Sakakawea (upper left quadrant) and Lake Oahe (lower right quadrant).

Lake Sakakawea is a reservoir in the Missouri River basin in central North Dakota. It is the third largest man-made lake in the United States, and was created by the Garrison Dam. Here, the western part of the lake appears frozen. Snow can be seen dusting the terrain across the left side of the image as well.

Lake Oahe, on the other hand, is not frozen. It is a large reservoir behind Oahe Dam on the Missouri River beginning in central South Dakota and continuing north into North Dakota in the United States. The lake has an area of 370,000 acres (1,500 km2) and a maximum depth of 205 ft (62 m). By volume, it is the fourth-largest reservoir in the US.

Lakes by Border of Manitoba, Canada and Minnesota, USA

48.8N 97.2W

June 14th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Canada - May 18th, 2011

Several lakes are visible in this image of the border area by southern Manitoba, Canada (above) and northern USA (below), particularly the states of Minnesota (right) and North Dakota (left).

Visible in Manitoba at the upper edge are the lower parts of Lake Manitoba (left), bright green from sediments and algae, and Lake Winnipeg (right), considerably darker in color.

Near the right edge, are Lake of the Woods (above) and Red Lake (below). The former occupies parts of the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Manitoba and the U.S. state of Minnesota. It separates a small land area of Minnesota from the rest of the United States.

Red Lake is a lake in Beltrami County in northern Minnesota, USA. It is the largest natural freshwater lake in Minnesota. The lake is separated into two sections by a peninsula on the eastern side that almost bisects it in the middle. The lake has a total surface area of 1,148.779 km² (443.546 sq mi). Despite its name, Red Lake, like its neighbor to the north, appears dark blue in color.


Lake Oahe Along the Missouri River, USA

44.8N 100.6W

November 21st, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

USA - November 8th, 2010

The long, winding, thick line parallel to the left edge of this image is Lake Oahe, a large reservoir behind Oahe Dam on the Missouri River. The reservoir begins in central South Dakota and continues north into North Dakota in the United States.

In the full image, a second lake can be seen to the north, also on the Missouri River: Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota. Like its neighbor to the south, it is an artificial reservoir, created with the completion of Garrison Dam.

Audubon Lake and Lake Sakakawea South of Minot, in North Dakota, USA

48.2N 101.2W

November 10th, 2010 Category: Lakes

USA - December 11th, 2009

Lake Sakakawea, visible near the bottom, is a reservoir in the Missouri River basin in central North Dakota, USA. It averages between 2 and in width and is 14 mi wide at its widest point (Van Hook arm).

The section of the lake furthest east is part of the Audubon National Wildlife Refuge, which consists of 14,735 acres (60 km²). Most of the refuge area is a lake known as Audubon Lake, which has 100 islands that provide nesting habitat for birds. Another 3,020 acres (12 km²) consists of wetlands crucial to numerous bird and mammal species.

While most of the rest of the image is dotted by rectangular fields, the city of Minot can be seen as a white patch near the top, on the Drift Prairie. With a population of 36,567 at the 2000 census, Minot is the fourth largest city in the state of North Dakota.

New Flood Risk at Devils Lake, North Dakota – September 24th, 2010

48.1N 98.8W

September 24th, 2010 Category: Floods, Image of the day, Lakes

USA and Canada - September 18th, 2010

Devils Lake, North Dakota

Devils Lake, North Dakota

Several lakes can be observed in this image of the area around the border between the US state of North Dakota (below) and the Canadian province of Manitoba (above). The large, golden green body of water at the top is the southern part of Lake Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The close-up, on the other hand, focuses on Devils Lake in North Dakota. This large lake has been expanding steadily since the 1990s, and has nearly quadrupled in size. The result of its fast growth is that thousands of acres of land, hundreds of buildings and homes, and at least two towns have become completely inundated.

Devils Lake continues growing because it has no natural river or stream as an outlet to carry away excess rain and water from melting snow. At the moment, it has risen to within 6 feet of overflowing. If the water level cannot be lowered, residents fear that more communities will be washed away.