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Lake Volta

Lake information
NameLake Volta
Locationwest east
Lake typeReservoir
Primary inflowsWhite Volta River
Black Volta River
Primary outflowsVolta River
Catchment area385180 km2 (148718.8 sqmi)
Basin countriesGhana
Surface area8502 km2 (3282.6 sqmi)
Average depth18.8 m (61.7 ft)
Max. depth75 m (246.1 ft)
Water volume148 km3 (32.6 × 1012 gallons)
Shore length4800 km (15748031.5 ft)
Surface elevation85 m (278.9 ft)

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Lake Volta (located at ) is 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.

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