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Manasarovar and Rakshastal Lakes, Tibet

February 22nd, 2009 Category: Lakes

Lake in Tibet - February 19th, 2009

Lake in Tibet - February 19th, 2009

Lake Manasarovar is a fresh-water lake in Tibet Autonomous Region of China, located 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) from Lhasa. To the west of Lake Manasarovar is Lake Rakshastal and towards the north is Mount Kailash.

Manasarovar Lake lies at 4,556 m (14947.5 ft) above mean sea level. It is one of the highest fresh-water lakes in the world.

Lake Manasarovar is relatively round in shape. The circumference of Manasarovar is 88 kilometres (55 mi), depth is 90 m (300 ft) and it occupies a total area of 320 square kilometres (120 sq mi).

The lake freezes in winter and melts only in the spring. Here, ice can be seen covering its surface, particularly over the northern section.

It is connected to Lake Rakshastal by the natural Ganga Chhu channel.

Lake Rakshastal, officially La’nga Co, lies close to Lake Manasarovar and Mount Kailash. The Satluj River originates at Rakshastal’s northwestern tip.

Its salty water, a stark contrast to the fresh water of Lake Manasarovar, produces no waterweeds or fish and is considered poisonous by locals.

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