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Lakes Fuxian, Yangzong and Dian Near Kunming, China

25.0N 102.7E

April 22nd, 2010 Category: Lakes

China - March 5th, 2010

China - March 5th, 2010

Several lakes are visible in the upper left quadrant, near Kunming, China. In the lower half of the image, smoke from fires that were burning in southeast Asia at the time the image was taken can be seen lining the valleys between the mountain ridges.

The dark blue body of water with the slightly uneven hourglass shape is Fuxian Lake, which stretches out through Chengjiang County, Jiangchuan County and Huaning County in Yunnan Province, spanning an area of 212 square kilometers. It is the deepest lake in Yunnan, with a maximum depth of 155 meters, and the third largest in the province.

North of Fuxian Lake and also dark blue in color is Yangzong hai Lake, located in Yiliang County, Kunming Prefecture, 45 kilometers east of Kunming City in Yunnan Province, China. About 30,000 people rely on the Lake as their drinking water. Yangzonghai Lake is noted for its underwater springs and is one of several scenic areas in Yunnan province, which is known for its biodiversity.

To the west of the two aforementioned bodies of waters is Lake Dian or Kunming Lake, a large inter-land lake located on the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau close to Kunming, Yunnan, China. It is a freshwater fault lake at 1886.5 m above sea level. The lake covers 298 km2. It is 39 km long from north to south, and the average depth is 4.4 m. It is the eighth largest lake in China and the largest in Yunnan Province.

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