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Nam Ngum artificial lake near the dam, Laos

The Nam Ngum Dam is a hydroelectric dam on the Nam Ngum river, a major tributary of the Mekong in Laos. It is the oldest dam in Laos, and its reservoir is the largest water body in the country.

The dam is approx. 90 km north of Vientiane, the capital of Laos, within the Vientiane Capital Province. Its reservoir covers 370 km2 (140 sq mi), and is the largest water body in Laos. The Nam Ngum catchment covers 8,460 km2 (3,266 sq mi), and is on track to becoming one of the most heavily dammed catchments in Laos, with six additional dams at various stages of planning and construction, and two water diversions.

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Copyright: Christian Costeaux
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 19506x9753
Taken: 11/08/2010
Uploaded: 21/10/2012
Updated: 02/04/2015


Tags: nam ngum; lake; dam; river; laos; islands
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