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Volta River
The Adomi Bridge crosses the Volta river south of the Akosombo Dam.
Volta River basin map.svg
Map of the Volta River drainage basin and its main three tributaries, the White Volta, Red Volta, and Black Volta rivers
  • Ghana
  • Burkina Faso
  • Ivory Coast
Physical characteristics
MouthGulf of Guinea
 • location
Atlantic Ocean
 • coordinates
5°46′N 0°41′E / 5.767°N 0.683°E / 5.767; 0.683[1]
Length1,500 km (930 mi)
Basin size407,093 km2 (157,179 sq mi)[2]
 • locationMouth[3]
 • average1,210 m3/s (43,000 cu ft/s)[3]

The Volta River is the main river system in the West African country of Ghana. It flows south into Ghana from the Bobo-Dioulasso highlands of Burkina Faso. The main parts of the river are the Black Volta, the White Volta, and the Red Volta. In the northwest, the Black Volta forms the international borders between the Ivory Coast, Ghana, and Burkina Faso. The Volta flows southward along the Akwapim-Togoland highlands, and it empties into the Atlantic Ocean at the Gulf of Guinea at Ada Foah. It has a smaller tributary river, the Oti, which enters Ghana from Togo in the east. The Volta River has been dammed at Akosombo for the purpose of generating hydroelectricity. The reservoir named Lake Volta stretches from Akosombo Dam in the south to the northern part of the country, and is the largest man-made reservoir by area in the world.[4]

Volta was named by the Portuguese, meaning twist or turn. The country of Burkina Faso was formerly called Upper Volta, after the river.

Ada, Volta River
  1. ^ Volta at GEOnet Names Server
  2. ^ Volta Archived 2005-10-26 at the Wayback Machine, Watersheds of the World. Water Resources eAtlas. Retrieved on October 6, 2007.
  3. ^ a b Volta River, Encyclopædia Britannica. 2007. Encyclopædia Britannica Online Library Edition. Retrieved on October 6, 2007.
  4. ^ "Lake Volta, Ghana". Visible Earth. NASA. 7 April 2002. Retrieved 7 March 2018.

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