Ladoga, Lake


Lad·o·ga, Lake

geographical name \ˈla-də-gə, ˈlä-\

Definition of LADOGA, LAKE

lake W Russia in Europe near St. Petersburg area 6835 square miles (17,703 square kilometers); largest in Europe

Ladoga, Lake

geographical name    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Lake, northwestern Russia. The largest lake in Europe, it covers an area of 6,700 sq mi (17,600 sq km). It is 136 mi (219 km) long and has an average width of 51 mi (82 km); its greatest depth is 754 ft (230 m). It contains 660 islands of more than 2.5 acres (1 hectare) in area. Its outlet is the Neva River, in the southwestern corner. Formerly divided between the U.S.S.R. and Finland, it now lies entirely within Russia. During the Siege of Leningrad (1941–44) in World War II, the lake was the lifeline that connected the city with the rest of the Soviet Union.

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