Limassol Salt Lake

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Limassol Salt Lake (also known as Akrotiri salt lake) is the largest inland body of water in the island of Cyprus.

It lies due south-east of the sprawling city of Limassol and measures 10.65 km². Its lowest point is 2.7m below sea level and at its deepest point the water depth measures 1m. Σημαντικές Περιοχές για τα Πουλιά της Κύπρου (Important areas for the Birds of Cyprus), by Ζώτος Σάββας. Birdlife (Cyprus) booklet publication Geologists hypothesize the lake was formed over the gradual joining of an offshore islet off the southern coast of Cyprus.School of Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton University, UK

The lake itself is considered to be one of the eastern Mediterranean’s most important wetlands. The fact that the water level over 50% of the lake is less than 30 cm deep attracts thousands of wading birds to use it as a stopover during the migration seasons. Birdlife International estimates that between 2,000 and 20,000 Greater Flamingos (Phoenicopterus roseus) spend the winter months on the lake. Birdlife International

The lake lies within Akrotiri and Dhekelia, a British Overseas Territory on the island of Cyprus, administered as a Sovereign Base Area. It is located in the Western Sovereign Base Area. In 2003 the British military caused controversy by erecting two gigantic antennas as part of their...
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