Kakhovka Reservoir
The Kakhovka Reservoir is a water reservoir located on the Dnieper River
Dnieper River
The Dnieper River is one of the major rivers of Europe that flows from Russia, through Belarus and Ukraine, to the Black Sea.The total length is and has a drainage basin of .The river is noted for its dams and hydroelectric stations...

. It covers a total surface area of 2,155 square kilometres in the territories of the Kherson
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, Zaporizhia
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, and the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast
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s of Ukraine
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. The reservoir was created in 1956 when the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant was built.

The reservoir is 240 km long, up to 23 km wide, and has an average depth of 8.4 meters (with depth varying from 3 to 26 m). The total water volume is 18.2 km³. It is mainly used to supply hydroelectric stations, the Krasnoznamianka Irrigation System and the Kakhivka Irrigation System, industrial plants, freshwater-fish farms, the North Crimean Canal and the Dnieper–Kryvyi Rih Canal. With its creation, it has created a deep-water route, allowing deep-sea ships to sail up the Dnieper.

The lands of the former Zaporizhian Host now lay under the Kakhovka Reservoir.
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