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Lake Neusiedl

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Neusiedler See
Fertő tó
Neusiedler Lake satellite.png
Satellite image of Lake Neusiedl
Location Austria, Hungary
Coordinates 47°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
Type Endorheic lake
Primary inflows precipitation, Wulka
Primary outflows evaporation (90%) Einserkanal (artificial)
Catchment area 1,120 km2 (430 sq mi)
Basin countries Austria, Hungary
Max. length 36 km (22 mi)
Max. width 12 km (7.5 mi)
Surface area 315 km2 (122 sq mi)
Average depth 1 m (3 ft 3 in)
Max. depth 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Water volume 0.325 km3 (0.078 cu mi)
Surface elevation 115.45 m (378.8 ft)
Settlements Neusiedl am See, Rust
Official name Fertő/Neusiedlersee Cultural Landscape
Type Cultural
Criteria v
Designated 2001 (25th session)
Reference no. 772
State Party Austria and Hungary
Region Europe 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.