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Loch Ness Facts - Loch Ness is the largest body of fresh
water in Britain.
is more water in Loch Ness than all the other lakes in England, Scotland and
Wales put together.
is around twenty two and a half miles long and between one and one and a half
miles wide, a depth of 754 feet with the bottom of the loch being as flat as a
holds 263 thousand million cubic feet of water which is around 16 million 430
thousand million gallons of water with a surface area of 14000 acres and could
hold the population of the world 10 times over.
is fed by 7 major rivers the Oich, Tarff, Enrich, Coiltie, Moriston, Foyers and
Farigaig plus numerous burns, with only one outlet the River Ness which flows 7
miles through Inverness into the Moray Firth 52 feet below the loch surface.
a heavy rainfall the lochs level has been known to rise by as much as 7 feet and
a rise of 2 feet is common place.
rain catchment area for Loch Ness is so large that a rainfall of just quarter of
an inch adds 11.000.000 tons of water to the loch.
is said that the loch never freezes and this is true.
of the great amount of water in the loch a thermocline lies at around 100 feet
down in the loch. The top 100 feet of water alters temperature depending on the
weather conditions but below the thermocline the temperature never alters from
44 degrees Fahrenheit. So as the surface water cools in winter and nears
freezing point it sinks and is replaced by the warmer water from below. This can
cause the loch to steam on very cold days, in fact it as been estimated that the
heat given off by the loch in a winter is the equivalent to burning 2 million
tons of coal.
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