Lake of Sainte-Croix
|Lac de Sainte-Croix|
|Primary inflows||Verdon River|
|Primary outflows||Verdon River|
|Catchment area||1,591 km2 (614 sq mi)|
|Surface area||22 km2 (8.5 sq mi)|
|Max. depth||93 m (305 ft)|
|Water volume||760×106 m3 (27×109 cu ft)|
|Surface elevation||477 m (1,565 ft)|
|Settlements||Les Salles-sur-Verdon, Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon, Bauduen|
The Lake of Sainte-Croix (French: lac de Sainte-Croix) is a man-made lake that was formed by the construction, between 1971 and 1974 (when it was put into service) of a reinforced-concrete arch dam by the name of dam of Sainte-Croix. It is fed by the Verdon river, at the outlet of the Verdon Gorge. The reservoir holds a maximum of 761 million cubic metres of water. The dam, which generates 142 million kWh of electricity per year, is 94 metres high, 7.5 metres thick at its base and 3 metres thick at its crest.
The village Les Salles-sur-Verdon stands by the lake; it was rebuilt on the shore after the original village was destroyed to make room for the reservoir. Other villages around the lake are Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon and Bauduen.
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