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Rengali and Hirakud Reservoirs in Orissa, India

21.6N 84.0E

December 5th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Rivers

India - November 26th, 2011

Two large artificial reservoirs can be observed in this image of the state of Orissa, India: the Rengali Reservoir, appearing golden green, to the right, and the Hirakud Reservoir, darker blue in color, to the left.

The Rengali Reservoir was created by the Rengali Dam across Brahmani River in near the village of Rengali. The dam is 70.5 m tall and 1040 m wide. The reservoir formed by the dam is the second largest reservoir in Orissa with 37, 840 hectares at full level and 28,000 hectares in mean level.

The Hirakud Reservoir was created by the Hirakud Dam, built across the Mahanadi River, about 15 km from Sambalpur. The 55km long reservoir holds 743 km2 (287 sq mi) at full capacity, with a shoreline of over 639 km (397 mi).

Rivers and Lakes in Orissa, India

20.9N 85.0E

October 8th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Rivers

India - October 3rd, 2011

This wide-swath ASAR image shows rivers and lakes in the state of Orissa, India. The most prominent river is the Mahanadi (Brahmani). The Hirakud Reservoir can be observed by the center left edge, with the Rengali Reservoir to the east.

Visible near the center of the bottom edge is Chilka Lake, a brackish water lagoon, spread over the Puri, Khurda and Ganjam districts of Orissa state on the east coast of India, at the mouth of the Daya River, flowing into the Bay of Bengal. It is the largest coastal lagoon in India and the second largest lagoon in the world.

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