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Lake Ohrid

Lake Ohrid
Lake information
NameLake Ohrid
Primary outflowsBlack Drin River
Catchment area2,600 km2 (1,000 mi2)
Basin countriesMacedonia,
Albania
Geography
Max. length30.4 km (18.9 mi)
Max. width14.8 km (9.2 mi)
Surface area358 km2 (138 sq mi)
Average depth155 m (508 ft)
Max. depth288 m (940 ft)
Water volume55.4 km³ (13 mi³)
Residence time70 years
Shore length87.53 km (54.38 mi)
Macedonia: 56.02 km (34.8 mi);
Albania: 31.51 km (19.58 mi)
Surface elevation693 m (2273 ft)
Islands in lakesnone
SettlementsOhrid, Struga (Macedonia)
Pogradec (Albania)

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Lake Ohrid ( ; or Liqeni i Pogradecit) straddles the mountainous border between the southwestern Republic of Macedonia and eastern Albania. It is one of Europe's deepest and oldest lakes, preserving a unique aquatic ecosystem with more than 200 endemic species that is of worldwide importance. The importance of the lake was further emphasized when it was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1979 and when, in 2010, NASA decided to name one of Titan's lakes after Lake Ohrid.


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