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Characteristics lake Como

Lake Como, with an area of 146 sq. km. is the third Italian lake after the extension of Garda and Lake Maggiore. Its characteristic inverted Y shape is given by the three branches: Colico north, south-east Lecco, Como in the south-west, with a total perimeter of 170Km.

The maximum length between Como and Gera Lario, is 50 km, the maximum width between Fiumelatte and Cadenabbia, is of 4.4 km, the minimum between Carena and Torriggia, is 650m., The maximum depth, and between Argegno link, is 410 m. (the greater of European lakes), the average height above sea level is 199 m.

The lake is surrounded by mountains of which the highest is Mount Legnone (2609 m.), above Colico. The streams are 37 tributaries, among which the most important is the Adda, followed by Mera. The Adda is also the only outlet, exiting the lake at Lecco and, after forming the lakes Garlate and Olginate, continues towards the Po.



See also:

  Characteristics lake Como
  Climate lake Como
  Origin of the Lake Como

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