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Reservoirs on São Francisco River, Brazil

15.6S 47.8W

May 2nd, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Brazil - April 28th, 2012

Two large, artificial reservoirs can be observed along the São Francisco River, in northeastern Brazil. The river marks the border between the states of Bahia (below) and Pernambuco (above). At 3,160 kilometres long, it is the longest river located entirely within Brazil.

The lake to the left is known as the Sobradinho Reservoir. It measures approximately 320 km (200 mi) long, 4,214 km2 (1,627 sq mi) in surface area, and has a storage capacity of 34.1 km3 (8.2 cu mi) at its nominal elevation of 392.5 m (1,287.7 ft), making it the 12th-largest reservoir (artificial lake) in the world. Golden sediments color the lower half of the lake.

Sobradinho Reservoir and Sao Francisco River, Brazil

9.8S 41.5W

September 7th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Brazil - July 23rd, 2011

Visible just west of the spotty clouds is the Sobradinho Reservoir, a large lake located in Sobradinho, in the north of the Brazilian state of Bahia. The lake encloses the waters of the São Francisco River, one of the largest and most important rivers in Brazil.

The reservoir measures approximately 320 km (200 mi) long, 4,214 km2 (1,627 sq mi) in surface area, and a storage capacity of 34.1 km3 (8.2 cu mi) at its nominal elevation of 392.5 m (1,287.7 ft), making it the 12th-largest reservoir (artificial lake) in the world.

 

São Francisco River Flowing into Sobradinho Reservoir, Brazil

9.4S 40.8W

September 23rd, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Brazil - September 3rd, 2009

Brazil - September 3rd, 2009

The artificial lake known as the Sobradinho Reservoir, created by the dam of the same name, in the Brazilian state of Bahia, can be seen at the top center. The São Francisco River flows vertically from south to north through the middle of the image, into the lake.

The river, which both the reservoir’s primary inflow and outflow, empties golden sediments into the southern reaches of the lake. As these mix with the waters of the 320 km long and (on average) 8.6m deep reservoir, the water color changes from golden to green to dark blue.

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