Jingpo Lake

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Lake Jingpo
Jingpo Lake Maogong Mountain.JPG
Location Ningan County, Heilongjiang
Coordinates 43°52′48″N 128°56′24″E / 43.88000°N 128.94000°E / 43.88000; 128.94000Coordinates: 43°52′48″N 128°56′24″E / 43.88000°N 128.94000°E / 43.88000; 128.94000
Basin countries China
Max. length 45 km
Max. width 6 km
Surface area 95 km²
Max. depth 62 m
Jingpo Lake
Traditional Chinese 鏡泊湖
Simplified Chinese 镜泊湖
Literal meaning "Mirror Lake"

Jingpo Lake or Lake Jingpo[1] is a lake located in the upper reaches of the Mudan River among the Wanda Mountains in Ningan County, Heilongjiang, in the People's Republic of China. Earlier names for the lake include Meituohu Lake, Huhanhai Lake, and Bi’erteng Lake.

The length of the lake from north to south is 45 kilometers (28 mi) and the widest distance between east and west is only 6 kilometers (3.7 mi). The area is 95 km2 (37 sq mi) and the storage capacity is 1.63 billion m3. The south part of lake is shallow with the deepest place in the northern part at 62 meters (203 ft).

The lake was created about 10,000 years ago when volcanic eruptions in the region blocked the flow of the Mudanjiang River.

The northern side of the river cascades down the Diaoshuilou Falls, a 40 m (130 ft) waterfall formed by the lake. This lake is famous for its craggy limestone cliffs (similar to those of Guilin) and its turquoise-colored waters containing 40 types of fish and fresh water coral.

On Titan, the largest moon of the planet Saturn, there is a large surface body of liquid hydrocarbons, Jingpo Lacus, named after Jingpo Lake.

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  1. ^ Sometimes mistakenly romanized as Lake Jingbo or Jingbo Lake owing to an unrelated alternate pronunciation of the second character. The name itself is something of a misnomer, as the ("lake") properly modifies and not jìng.

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