Lake Manych Gudilo coastline
|Primary outflows||Sea of Azov (via the West Manych River)|
|Surface area||344 km2 (133 sq mi)|
|Average depth||0.6 m (2 ft 0 in)|
|Surface elevation||8 m (26 ft)|
|Designated||September 13, 1994|
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 (80 ft) 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, 2006). 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 Sites Database - Lake Manych-Gudilo
- "Ramsar List". Ramsar.org. Archived from the original on 9 April 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
- 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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