from space, October 1994
|Max. length||91 km (57 mi)|
|Max. width||88 km (55 mi)|
|Surface area||2,000 km2 (770 sq mi)|
|Average depth||2 m (6.6 ft)|
|Max. depth||7 m (23 ft)|
|Surface elevation||106 m (348 ft)|
|Official name||Chany Lakes|
|Designated||13 September 1994|
Lake Chany (Russian: озеро Чаны) is one of the largest lakes in Russia. It is a shallow, hyposaline lake that has a fluctuating water level, which can change from season to season and year to year. A variety of ecosystems that surround the lake include a mixture of wetlands, salt marshes, and a mixture of birch and aspen forests. Lake Chany in particular is critically important for the migratory birds of Siberia, and is listed as a Ramsar Site of International Importance.
The depth of the lake is mainly 1–2 m, but it can reach 8 m in some places.
There are about 70 islands on the lake: Amelkina Griva, Shuldikov, Lezhan, Medvezhy, Colpachok, Chinyaikha, Cheryomukhovy, Uzkoredky, Cheryomushkin, Kobyly, Perekopny, Bekarev, Kalinova, Shipyagin, Krugly, Kolotov, Kamyshny etc.
Severe storms are frequent on Chany, during a powerful wind, high waves occur on the surface of the lake.
Legend of the monster
According to the legend, a giant creature lives in the lake, which devours cattle and people.
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- 16 people died on Lake Chany in Siberia. 16 человек погибло на озере Чаны в Сибири. Life. July 7, 2010.
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