Ecosystem Reference
Ecosystem Lake Malawi
Type Lake
Salinity freshwater
Other Names Lake Nyasa
Southeast Africa 10° S 15° S - 34° E 36° E
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Size Ref
River Length 600 km Area 22490 km2 Drainage Area
Average Depth Max Depth 706 m Ref 6232
100 Meters Depth
Description Average width 40 km. Has only one deep basin in the north. Drains into the Zambezi through the Shiré River. Lake zones include: estuaries of rivers and sheltered bays, sandy and rocky shores, rel. shallow but open inshore waters, pelagic region (upper 100 m), benthic region, and the abyssal (below 200 m) (Ref. 6316). Over 2 million years old; over 600 endemic fish species; more fish species than nay other lake; about 8,400 km3 volume of water (Ref. 30553).
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Species Families Species Families Reference
458 13 640 30553
Froese, Rainer on 11.24.93
Modified by Torres, Armi G. on 02.24.17
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