|Max. length||28 km (17 mi)|
|Max. width||12 km (7.5 mi)|
|Surface area||329 km2 (127 sq mi)|
|Average depth||87 m (285 ft)|
|Max. depth||266 m (873 ft)|
|Water volume||36.7 km3 (8.8 cu mi)|
|Surface elevation||1,558 m (5,112 ft)|
The lake is 28 kilometers long and 12 wide, with a surface area of 329 square kilometers. It has a maximum depth of 266 meters and is at an elevation of 1,558 meters. As such, it is the deepest of Ethiopia's Rift Valley lakes.
Lake Shala is surrounded by hot springs filled with boiling water, and the earth surrounding the lake is filled with cracks due to erosion and earthquakes. Due to steam rising from the boiling water in the springs, the atmosphere around the lake is relatively foggy. At the southern end of the lake, there are various species of flamingoes and birds that frequent the lake.
- Statistical Abstract of Ethiopia for 1967/68
- Baxter, R. M. "Lake Morphology and Chemistry", in Taylor, W.D. and Tudorancea, C., eds. Ethiopian Rift Valley Lakes (Leiden: Backhuys Publishers, 2002)
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