Lake Annecy

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Lake Annecy
Lac d'Annecy
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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
Basin countries France
Max. length 14.6 km
Max. width 3.2 km
Surface area 27.59 km²
Average depth 41 m
Max. depth 82 m
Water volume 1,124.5 mio m³
Residence time 4 years
Surface elevation 446.97 m
Settlements Annecy (see list)

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

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.

Towns and villages around the lake[edit]

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 also[edit]

References[edit]

  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.

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

Further reading[edit]

  • 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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