Lake Drūkšiai

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Lake Drūkšiai
Lake Drūkšiai in Lithuania, at Tilžė village
Coordinates 55°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 area 613 km2 (237 sq mi)
Basin countries  Lithuania,  Belarus
Surface area 44.79 km2 (17.29 sq mi)
Average depth 7.6 m (25 ft)
Max. depth 33.3 m (109 ft)
Surface elevation 141.6 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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