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Lake Victoria
Australia

Panorama of Lake Victoria at approx. 64% water level. Lake Victoria is a shallow freshwater lake with a storage capacity of 677 gigalitres 70 kilometres downstream of Wentworth. Since 1928 the lake has been operated as off-river water storage in the River Murray system. Although the lake is in New South Wales it is operates by the South Australia Water Corporation. Before European settlement Lake Victoria was an important site for Aboriginal people.

Copyright: Klaus Mayer
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 6000x3000
Taken: 03/01/2011
Uploaded: 15/05/2012
Updated: 06/10/2014
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Tags: lake; lake victoria; new south wales; australia
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