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Lake Annecy (French: Lac d'Annecy) is a perialpine lake in Haute-Savoie in France.[1]:958

Lake Annecy
Lac d'Annecy
LacAnnecy.jpg
With labels for towns and mountains
Location Haute-Savoie
Coordinates 45°51′N 6°10′E / 45.850°N 6.167°E / 45.850; 6.167Coordinates: 45°51′N 6°10′E / 45.850°N 6.167°E / 45.850; 6.167
Primary inflows Ire, Eau morte, Laudon, Bornette and Biolon
Primary outflows Thiou
Catchment area 251 km2 (97 sq mi)
Basin countries France
Max. length 14.6 km (9.1 mi)
Max. width 3.2 km (2.0 mi)
Surface area 27.59 km2 (10.65 sq mi)
Average depth 41 m (135 ft)
Max. depth 82 m (269 ft)
Water volume 1,124.5 million cubic metres (911,600 acre·ft)
Residence time 4 years
Surface elevation 446.97 m (1,466.4 ft)
Settlements Annecy (see list)

It is the third largest lake in France, after the Lac du Bourget and Lac de Grand-Lieu, if the French part of Lake Geneva (which is also partly in Switzerland) is excluded. It is known as "Europe's cleanest lake" because of strict environmental regulations introduced in the 1960s. It is a popular tourist destination known for its swimming and water sports.

The lake was formed about 18,000 years ago, at the time the large alpine glaciers melted. It is fed by many small rivers from the surrounding mountains (Ire, Eau morte, Laudon, Bornette and Biolon), and from a powerful underwater source, the Boubioz, which enters at 82 m depth.

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Towns and villages around the lakeEdit

A cycle path goes partially around Lake Annecy past Sevrier and St Jorioz to Ugine. It has an aim to reach Albertville. The lake is around 14 km long.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jean-Daniel Stanley and Thomas F. Jorstad, Direct Sediment Dispersal from Mountain to Shore, with Bypassing via Three Human-Modified Channel Systems to Lake Annecy, SE France (2004) Vol 20 (4) Journal of Coastal Research pp 958 - 969 JStor.

  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "article name needed". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

Further readingEdit

  • Jean-Daniel Stanley and Thomas F. Jorstad, Direct Sediment Dispersal from Mountain to Shore, with Bypassing via Three Human-Modified Channel Systems to Lake Annecy, SE France (2004) Vol 20 (4) Journal of Coastal Research pp 958 – 969 JStor.

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