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Maggiore, Lago

General Information

Description Maggiore is the second largest Italian lake.
Country Italy
Latitude 45° 50' 0" (45.8333)
Longitude 8° 40' 0" (8.6667)
River Basin Po

Physical Characteristics

Description Nearly half of the lake's drainage basin lies above 1280 meters above sea level, and 1.1% of the basin is composed of glaciers.
Volume 37.50 km3
Surface Area 213.00 km2
Depth Mean depth: 177.4 m
Maximum depth: 372.0 m
Residence Time 4.0 years
Age 10,000 - 99,999 years before present
Origin Glacial
Type Fresh
Catchment Catchment size: 6,599.00 km2
Catchment/surface area ratio: 31:1


Economic Value Lake Maggiore is renowned as a tourist destination. Recreation is one of the most important uses of the lake. many reservoirs have been built in the watershed to create hydropower.
Major Cities

Watershed Management


Biodiversity Conservation

Species of Concern



CNR - Institue of Ecosystem Study (ISE)
ILEC Database
LinkName Instituto Italiano di Idrobiologia

Additional Data Sources

Birkett, C., and I. Mason. 1995. A new global lakes database for remote sensing programme studying climatically sensitive large lakes. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 21 (3) 307-318.
International Lake Environment Committee, the United Nations Environment Program and Environment Agency, Government of Japan. 1997. World Lakes Database.
Jorgensen, S.E. and R. de Bernardi, T.J. Ballatore, V.S. Muhandiki. 2003. LakeWatch 2003: The changing state of the world's lakes. International Lake Environment Committee Foundation.
Taub, F.B. (ed.). 1984. Ecosystems of the World 23: Lakes & Reservoirs. Elsevier. New York.

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