Embalse, Córdoba

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Embalse is located in Argentina
Location of Embalse in Argentina
Coordinates: 32°11′S 64°25′W / 32.183°S 64.417°W / -32.183; -64.417Coordinates: 32°11′S 64°25′W / 32.183°S 64.417°W / -32.183; -64.417
Country  Argentina
Province  Córdoba
Department Calamuchita
 • Mayor Federico Alesandri (Unión por Córdoba)
Elevation 623 m (2,044 ft)
Population (2001 census)
 • Total 15,000
Time zone ART (UTC-3)
CPA base X5856
Dialing code +54 3571

Embalse is a city in the center-west of the province of Córdoba, Argentina, located within the Calamuchita Valley, 119 km south-southwest from Córdoba City. The municipality has 15,000 inhabitants as per the 2001 census [INDEC], though unofficial counts including the neighboring areas give a population of over 30,000, which grows by several thousands during the tourist high season.

The word embalse means "reservoir" (i. e. artificial lake) in Spanish. Embalse is located along the eastern shore of a large reservoir produced by the damming of the Río Tercero. The dam was inaugurated in 1930; it is 58 m high and 125 m long, with a maximum capacity of 730 million m³. The reservoir has an area of 58 km² and is employed for fishing, irrigation and the production of hydroelectricity, as well as water sports. On the southern shore lies the Embalse nuclear power plant, one of the two operational nuclear plants of Argentina (the other is Atucha I).

The area is of major touristic importance. Accordingly, Embalse has 7 hotels and many smaller accommodation facilities, and a casino (opened in 1984).