Lake Tana AFR-217

Riparian Nation(s) Ethiopia
Surface Area 3600 km2 Mean Depth 9 m Volume 28 km3
Shoreline 385 km Catchment Area 10000 km2 Residence Time 8.9 yr
Frozen Period None Mixing Type Morphogenesis/Dam Natural
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Lake Tana lies in the north-western Ethiopian Plateau and is the largest lake (except Lake Turkana which lies mostly in Kenya) in Ethiopia. The Blue Nile, one of the Nile's upper streams, exits at the south end of the lake and flows south at first. Then it goes west across Ethiopia and northwest into Sudan, and finally it merges with the White Nile at Khartoum.