Lake Albacutya

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Lake Albacutya
Lake Albacutya is located in Victoria
Lake Albacutya
Lake Albacutya
Location in Victoria
Location Wimmera, Victoria
Coordinates 35°45′21″S 141°58′28″E / 35.75583°S 141.97444°E / -35.75583; 141.97444Coordinates: 35°45′21″S 141°58′28″E / 35.75583°S 141.97444°E / -35.75583; 141.97444[1]
Type Eutrophic
Primary inflows Outlet Creek
Primary outflows Outlet Creek (when full); evaporation
Catchment area 23,500 km2 (9,100 sq mi)
Basin countries Australia
Max. length 13 km (8.1 mi)
Max. width 5 km (3.1 mi)
Surface area 55 km2 (21 sq mi)
Average depth 8 m (26 ft)
Max. depth 8 m (26 ft)
Water volume 230 GL (5.1×1010 imp gal; 6.1×1010 US gal)

Lake Albacutya, an eutrophic lake located in the Wimmera region of Victoria, Australia, is designated as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.

Location and features[edit]

When full Lake Albacutya covers 5,500 ha (14,000 acres), is 8 m (26 ft) deep and holds around 230 gigalitres (5.1×1010 imp gal; 6.1×1010 US gal). Water enters the lake from Outlet Creek which is connected to Lake Hindmarsh to the south. When full the lake is controlled by the sill level of Outlet Creek, which once breached drains the lake to the north.

Being less saline than Lake Hindmarsh, Lake Albacutya supports a denser cover of vegetation in its dry phase.[2]

The lake has not received any inflow for some years[when?] and remained dry throughout the wetter years of 2011-2012.[3]

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