The Akosombo Dam, also known as the Volta Dam, is a hydroelectric dam on the Volta River in southeastern Ghana in the Akosombo gorge and part of the Volta River Authority. The construction of the dam flooded part of the Volta River Basin and led to the subsequent creation of Lake Volta. The flooding that created the Lake Volta reservoir displaced many people and had a significant impact on the local environment Lake Volta is the largest man-made lake in the world by surface area. It covers 8,502 square kilometers (3,283 sq mi), which is 3.6% of Ghana's land area. With a volume of 148 cubic kilometers, Lake Volta is the world's third-largest man-made lake by volume, the largest being Lake Kariba which is located between Zimbabwe and Zambia in Southern Africa and contains 185 cubic kilometers of water.
The primary purpose of the Akosombo Dam was to provide electricity for the aluminum industry. The Akosombo Dam was called "the largest single investment in the economic development plans of Ghana." The dam is also significant for providing the majority of both Togo and Benin's electricity, although the construction of the Adjarala dam hopes to reduce these countries' reliance on imported electricity.
Once at the hydroelectric dam, take a tour of the mighty installation while you enjoy the spectacular views this place offers. It is best to visit during the rainy season when the water levels are high. Remember, it can get scorching hot, so take a hat or umbrella for cover.
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