Lake Drūkšiai

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Lake Drūkšiai
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Lake Drūkšiai in Lithuania, at Tilžė village
Coordinates55°37′17″N 26°36′21″E / 55.62139°N 26.60583°E / 55.62139; 26.60583Coordinates: 55°37′17″N 26°36′21″E / 55.62139°N 26.60583°E / 55.62139; 26.60583
Catchment area613 km2 (237 sq mi)
Basin countries Lithuania,  Belarus
Surface area44.79 km2 (17.29 sq mi)
Average depth7.6 m (25 ft)
Max. depth33.3 m (109 ft)
Surface elevation141.6 m (465 ft)

Lake Drūkšiai, also called Lake Drysviaty or Lake Drysvyaty,[1] or Drisvyaty (Belarusian: Дрысвяты, pronounced [drɨˈsʲvʲatɨ]; Russian: Дрисвяты) is the largest of the Braslau Lakes located partly in the northeastern part of Lithuania and partly in the Vitebsk Voblast, in Belarus. The lake water was used to cool the reactors of the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant.

The greatest depth of the lake is 33.3 m, and the average depth is 7.6 m. The basin of the lake was formed during the movement of the glaciers by two perpendicular channels, which expanded north to south and west to east. The maximum depth of the first channel is 29 m, and the second one - 33.3 m. The greatest depths are located near the middle of the lake. The shallowest part is on the south ridge of the lake, its depth is approximately between 3 and 7 meters.

Six small rivers flow into the lake, and one dammed river flows out.[2]

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  1. ^ "Treaty concerning the lithuanian-belarusian state frontier.Signed at Vilnius on 6 February 1995" (PDF). United Nations. Retrieved 2010-01-01.
  2. ^ "ENVIRONMENTAL RELEASES OF RADIOACTIVITY AND THE INCIDENCE OF THYROID DISEASE AT THE IGNALINA NUCLEAR POWER PLANT" (PDF). Oregon State University. Retrieved 2010-01-24.

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