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Somasila Reservoir on Pennar River and Pulicat Lake, India

14.4N 79.2E

April 12th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers, Sediments

India - March 5th, 2010

India - March 5th, 2010

The Pennar River flows across Andhra Pradesh, India, appearing tan in color due to its sediment load. As it makes its way towards the Coromandal Coast, it flows through the Somasila Reservoir, created by a dam for the purpose of stabilizing irrigation in the Pennar Delta.  The designed annual irrigation from the dam is 44.00 million sq. meters.

Moving down the coast from the mouth of the Pennar River, another lake is visible, tan in color in contrast to the blue waters of the Somasila Reservoir. This body of water is Pulicat Lake, on the border of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. It is the second largest brackish water lake or lagoon in India.

The Penner River and Pulicat Lake, India

13.5N 80.1E

October 18th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

India - September 24th, 2009

India - September 24th, 2009

Greenish sediments line the east coast of India near the estuary of the Penner River (above) and Pulicat Lake (below). Here, the tan-colored Penner flows eastward across the plain of Coastal Andhra, where it empties into the Bay of Bengal 15 km east of Nellore at a place called Utukuru. The estuary of the Penner River extends 7km upstream from the Bay of Bengal.

Pulicat Lake, straddling the border of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh states on the Coromandal Coast, is the second largest brackish-water lake or lagoon in India. The lake is separated from the Bay of Bengal by the barrier island of Sriharikota, which is home to the Satish Dhawan Space Centre.

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