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General Information

Description Archaeologists working on an underwater survey of Fuxian Lake in 2001 found an ancient city with an area of 2.4 square kilometers that has laid hidden at the bottom of the lake for over 1,750 years.
Country China
Latitude 24° 32' 0" (24.5333)
Longitude 102° 53' 0" (102.8833)

Physical Characteristics

Description Fuxian Lake lies in the Chengjiang Basin located in the central Yunnan Plateau.
Surface Area 211.00 km2
Depth Mean depth: 89.6 m
Maximum depth: 155.0 m
Age 10,000 - 99,999 years before present
Origin Tectonic
Type Fresh
Catchment Catchment size: 10,446.00 km2
Catchment/surface area ratio: 50:1


Economic Value
Major Cities

Watershed Management


Biodiversity Conservation

Designations LakeNet Biodiversity Priority
WWF Global 200
Species of Concern



Biodiversity Conservation of the World's Lakes: A Preliminary Framework for Identifying Priorities
Invasive species in China: an overview
South Yunnan Lakes Integrated Environmental Master Planning


9/19/2003 - Research on alien fish species in Chinese plateau lakes making progress
6/4/2001 - Ancient buildings found in Fuxian lake
5/31/2001 - Fuxian Lake (China) to undertake underwater archaelogical survey

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.
Duker, L. and L. Borre. 2001. Biodiversity conservation of the world's lakes: a preliminary framework for identifying priorities. LakeNet Report Series Number 2. Annapolis, Maryland USA.

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