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Lake Neusiedl

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Neusiedler See
Fertő tó
Neusiedler Lake satellite.png
Satellite image of Lake Neusiedl
LocationAustria, Hungary
Coordinates47°50′N 16°45′E / 47.833°N 16.750°E / 47.833; 16.750Coordinates: 47°50′N 16°45′E / 47.833°N 16.750°E / 47.833; 16.750
TypeEndorheic lake
Primary inflowsprecipitation, Wulka
Primary outflowsevaporation (90%) Einserkanal (artificial)
Catchment area1,120 km2 (430 sq mi)
Basin countriesAustria, Hungary
Max. length36 km (22 mi)
Max. width12 km (7.5 mi)
Surface area315 km2 (122 sq mi)
Average depth1 m (3 ft 3 in)
Max. depth1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Water volume0.325 km3 (0.078 cu mi)
Surface elevation115.45 m (378.8 ft)
SettlementsNeusiedl am See, Rust
Official nameFertő/Neusiedlersee Cultural Landscape
TypeCultural
Criteriav
Designated2001 (25th session)
Reference no.772
State PartyAustria and Hungary
RegionEurope and North America

Lake Neusiedl is the second largest steppe lake in Central Europe. It goes across the Austrian and Hungarian border. The lake covers 315 km². 240 km² is on the Austrian side and 75 km² on the Hungarian side. The lake's drainage basin has an area of about 1,120 km². From north to south, the lake is about 36 km long. It is between 6 km and 12 km wide from east to west. The lake is no more than 1.8 m deep.

Most of the lake is surrounded by reeds which serve as a home for animals. The lake is an important resting place for migratory birds.

In 2001 the national parks in Austria and Fertő-Hanság in Hungary were together accepted as a World Heritage Site.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Fertö / Neusiedlersee Cultural Landscape". UNESCO. Retrieved 8 May 2017.