Lake Maggiore - Locarno, Switzerland
Posted by: tmob
N 46° 10.279 E 008° 48.302
32T E 484949 N 5113101
Quick Description: Lake Maggiore (Italian: Lago Maggiore) is a large lake located on the south side of the Alps.
Location: Tessin (TI), Switzerland
Date Posted: 2/20/2012 9:36:37 AM
Waymark Code: WMDRTE
Lake Maggiore (Italian: Lago Maggiore)is a large lake located on the south side of the Alps.
It is the second largest lake in Italy and largest lake of the canton of Ticino, Switzerland. Lake Maggiore is the most westerly of the three great prealpine lakes of Italy, it extends for about 70 km between Locarno and Arona.
Lake Maggiore is 68 km long, with a breadth which varies from 3 to 5 km, except at the bay opening westward between Pallanza and Stresa, where this reaches 10 km.
The lake basin has tectonic-glacial origins and its volume is 37 km³. The lake has a surface area of about 213 km², a maximum length of 54 km and, at its widest, is 12 km.
The lake’s jagged banks are surrounded by the Lepontine Alps. The western bank is in Piedmont (provinces of Novara and Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola) and the eastern in Lombardy (province of Varese), whereas the most northerly section extends thirteen kilometres into the canton of Ticino, where it constitutes its lowest point above sea-level as well as that of Switzerland.»