Lake Manych Gudilo, as seen from space.
|Primary outflows||Sea of Azov (via the West Manych River)|
|Designated:||September 13, 1994|
|Surface area||344 km2 (133 sq mi)|
|Average depth||0.6 m (2 ft 0 in)|
|Surface elevation||8 m (26 ft)|
Lake Manych-Gudilo (Russian: Ма́ныч-Гуди́ло) is a large saltwater reservoir lake in Kalmykia, Russia. Part of the lake lies also in Rostov Oblast and Stavropol Krai. It has an area of about 344 km² and average depth of only about 0.6 m.
Lake Manych-Gudilo is the source of the West Manych River, which flows north-west, through a number of reservoirs, falling into the lower Don a short distance upstream from Rostov-on-Don and the Don's fall into the Sea of Azov.
Temperatures in the region through the year can range from -30°C in winter to 40°C in summer. The area is also home to many species of birds and is the site of the Chernye Zemli Biosphere Reserve.
A global sea level rise of roughly 25 metres would cause the ocean surface to be higher than the highest point of an area between the ocean and the Caspian, forming a narrow channel straddling the lake in the area between the Sea of Azov and the Caspian Sea, potentially placing the Caspian Depression area under water.
- Yanko-Hombach, Valentina (December 8). Allan S. Gilbert, Nicolae Panin and Pavel M. Dolukhanov, ed. The Black Sea Flood Question. Springer. p. 999. ISBN 978-1-4020-4774-9.
- "Ramsar List". Ramsar.org. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
- Ramsar Sites Database - Lake Manych-Gudilo
- Lake Manych-Gudilo (Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Science) (Russian)
- Lake Manych Gudilo (Important Birds Areas of Russia (European))
- BBC - Saiga - Publications
- Rostovsky Zapovednik - Russian Nature Reserve
- Sea Level Rise Explorer
- Flood Maps
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