Sanabria Lake

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Sanabria Lake
Lago de Sanabria
Sanabria The lake.jpg
Location La Sanabria,
Castile and León
Coordinates 42°07′21″N 6°43′09″W / 42.12250°N 6.71917°W / 42.12250; -6.71917Coordinates: 42°07′21″N 6°43′09″W / 42.12250°N 6.71917°W / 42.12250; -6.71917
Primary inflows Río Segundera, Río Cárdena
Primary outflows Río Trefacio
Catchment area 11.42 km2 (4.41 sq mi)
Basin countries Spain
Max. length 3.3 km (2.1 mi)
Max. width 1.47 km (0.91 mi)
Surface area 3.48 km2 (1.34 sq mi)
Average depth 27.7 m (91 ft)
Max. depth 51 m (167 ft)
Water volume 96,289,887 m3 (3.4004453×109 cu ft)
Shore length1 9.13 km (5.67 mi)
Surface elevation 1,018 m (3,340 ft)
Islands one
Settlements Puebla de Sanabria
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Sanabria Lake (Spanish: Lago de Sanabria) is a lake located 8 km to the northwest of Puebla de Sanabria in the province of Zamora, Spain. It is one of the very few sizable natural lakes in Spain.[1]

With a surface of 368 hectares it is also the largest glacial lake in the Iberian Peninsula.

The main inflow and outflow of water from the lake is the river Tera. The lake is a widening of the Tera.

The Sanabria lake is now within the limits of the Sanabria Lake Natural Park. The area was declared a Natural Park in 1978.[2]

The Sanabria comarca is one of the few areas in Western Europe having a sizeable population of wild wolves living in the Sierra de la Culebra mountain range.

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  1. ^ J. C. Vega, C. De Hoyos, J. J. Aldasoro, J. De Miguel und H. Fraile: Nuevos datos morfométricos para el Lago de Sanabria, Limnetica, 24(1-2): 115-122 (2005)
  2. ^ Royal decree that established the park (in Spanish), Junta de Castilla y León website

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