Totensee

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Totensee
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Location Grimsel Pass, Valais
Coordinates 46°33′37.05″N 8°20′22.91″E / 46.5602917°N 8.3396972°E / 46.5602917; 8.3396972Coordinates: 46°33′37.05″N 8°20′22.91″E / 46.5602917°N 8.3396972°E / 46.5602917; 8.3396972
Type natural lake, reservoir
Basin countries Switzerland
Surface area 18 ha (44 acres)
Max. depth 34 m (112 ft)
Water volume 2.5 million cubic metres (2,000 acre·ft)
Surface elevation 2,160 m (7,090 ft)

Totensee (or Totesee) is a small natural lake (18 ha or 44 acres) at the Grimsel Pass in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. It is used as a reservoir and drained into Grimselsee.

In November 2006, the lake's entire trout population died, possibly due to algae.

The name Totensee (also: Lake Toten, literally "Lake of the Dead") is said to be derived from soldiers of Duke Berchtold V of Zähringen driven into the lake by the people of Valais.

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