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Lake Benmore is a lake located in the South Island of New Zealand. It was artificially created in the 1960s by construction of Benmore Dam. The lake covers an area of approximately 75 km². Parts of it lie in the Mackenzie, Waimate, and Waitaki districts within the southern portion of the Canterbury Region.

Lake Benmore
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Looking south
Location Mackenzie, Waimate, and Waitaki Districts, Canterbury Region, South Island
Coordinates 44°24′54″S 170°13′14″E / 44.41500°S 170.22056°E / -44.41500; 170.22056Coordinates: 44°24′54″S 170°13′14″E / 44.41500°S 170.22056°E / -44.41500; 170.22056
Lake type reservoir
Primary inflows Ohau, Pukaki, Tekapo, Ahuriri
Basin countries New Zealand
Surface area 75 km2 (29 sq mi)
Max. depth 120 m (390 ft)
Surface elevation 361 m (1,184 ft)

The major rivers which feed it are the Ohau, Pukaki, Tekapo and Ahuriri Rivers. Immediately downstream is Lake Aviemore. The lake has New Zealand's largest earth dam as part of the Waitaki hydroelectricity power scheme.

After the lake was created the incidence of seismic shocks increased by a factor of three to six times.[1]

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  1. ^ Adams, R (1974). "Statistical studies of earthquakes associated with Lake Benmore, New Zealand". Engineering Geology. 8 (1-2): 155–169. doi:10.1016/0013-7952(74)90022-2. ISSN 0013-7952. 

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