Top 10 Largest Reservoirs in the World

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There are a number of reservoirs and manmade lakes in this world which are used for various industrial purposes, such as hydrology. This article examines the 10 biggest using calculations of surface area. They are the major sources of our energy, especially for countries reliant on hydroelectricity.


1. Volta:

Country: Ghana

Area: 8502 KM^2

Description: This is the largest manmade lake/reservoir in the world in terms of its surface area. It is the 4th largest manmade lakes in the world in terms of its volume. It was formed by the Akosombo Dam and was devised by geologist Albert Ernest Kitson in 1915.


2. Smallwood:

Country: Canada

Area: 6527 KM^2

Description: This manmade lake/reservoir is located in western Labrador. It is not only the second largest manmade lake/reservoir, but is also the largest source fresh water in the province and is the foundation of Churchill River.


3. Kujbyshevskoe:

Country: Russia

Area: 6450 KM^2

Description: The reservoir/manmade lake is located on the River Volga and is more than 400 km long. The water however is not sanitary, given the industrial development in the region.


4. Kariba:

Countries: Zimbabwe & Zambia

Area: 5580 KM^2

Description: The manmade lake/reservoir lies between Zambia and Zimbabwe, right on the border. The significance of this reservoir is that it is not held by 1 dam. It is rather held by 88 smaller dikes which are 64 km in length.


5. Bukhtarma:

Country: Kazakhstan

Area: 5490 KM^2

Description: The reservoir was formed by the dam of the Bukhtarma Hydroelectric Power Plant and began being filled in 1960.


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