Lake Trichonida

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Lake Trichonida
Λίμνη Τριχωνίδα
Trichonida Lake, Etoloakarnania, Greece - View upon the lake.jpg
Location Aetolia-Acarnania
Coordinates 38°34′N 21°33′E / 38.567°N 21.550°E / 38.567; 21.550Coordinates: 38°34′N 21°33′E / 38.567°N 21.550°E / 38.567; 21.550
Lake type natural
Basin countries Greece
Max. length 19 km (12 mi)
Surface area 98.6 km2 (38.1 sq mi)
Max. depth 58 m (190 ft)
Water volume 2.868 km3 (0.688 cu mi)
Surface elevation 15 m (49 ft)
Islands none
Settlements Paravola

Lake Trichonida (Greek: Λίμνη Τριχωνίδα - Limni Trichonida, Ancient Greek: Λίμην Τριχωνίς - limen Trichonis) is the largest natural lake in Greece. It is situated in the eastern part of Aetolia-Acarnania, southeast of the city of Agrinio and northwest of Nafpaktos. It covers an area of 98.6 square kilometres (38.1 sq mi) with a maximum length of 19 kilometres (12 mi) and maximum depth of 58 metres (190 ft).

One million years ago the lake was much larger, and covered the central part of Aetolia-Acarnania, a part that is now a plain. The Panaitoliko mountains are situated to the north and northeast of the lake. The municipal units surrounding the lake are (from the east and clockwise) Thermo, Makryneia, Arakynthos, Thestieis, and Paravola. Around the lake, there are beautiful forests with maples, pines and other trees. The lake and its environs is home to more than 200 bird species. There are also farmland and various villages surrounding the area.

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