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Sea of Galilee

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The Sea of Galilee (Hebrew: יָם כִּנֶּרֶת, Judeo-Aramaic: יַמּא דטבריא, גִּנֵּיסַר, Arabic: بحيرة طبريا), also called Lake Tiberias or Kinneret, is a freshwater lake in Israel. It is the lowest freshwater lake on Earth and the second-lowest lake in the world (after the Dead Sea, a salt lake),[3] at levels between 215 metres (705 ft) and 209 metres (686 ft) below sea level.[4] It is approximately 53 km (33 mi) in circumference, about 21 km (13 mi) long, and 13 km (8.1 mi) wide. Its area is 166.7 km2 (64.4 sq mi) at its fullest, and its maximum depth is approximately 43 metres (141 ft).[5] The lake is fed partly by underground springs, but its main source is the Jordan River, which flows through it from north to south and exits the lake at the Degania Dam.

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Sea of Galilee
Location of the Sea of Galilee.
Location of the Sea of Galilee.
Sea of Galilee
Location of the Sea of Galilee.
Location of the Sea of Galilee.
Sea of Galilee
Coordinates32°50′N 35°35′E
Lake typeMonomictic
Primary inflowsUpper Jordan River and local runoff[1]
Primary outflowsLower Jordan River, evaporation
Catchment area2,730 km2 (1,050 sq mi)[2]
Basin countriesIsrael, Syria, Lebanon
Max. length21 km (13 mi)
Max. width13 km (8.1 mi)
Surface area166 km2 (64 sq mi)
Average depth25.6 m (84 ft) (varying)
Max. depth43 m (141 ft) (varying)
Water volume4 km3 (0.96 cu mi)
Residence time5 years
Shore length153 km (33 mi)
Surface elevation−214.66 m (704.3 ft) (varying)
SettlementsTiberias (Israel)
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.