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Lake Inari
Lappi, Finland
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Coordinates: 68:45-69:15N, 27:00-28:30E;
 
The shores of the Inarijärvi are rocky, lined with forests of spruce, pine and birch, all in dwarf arctic forms. On the northwestern shore of the lake, northeast of Partakki (on the Kaamanen-Sevettijärvi road), the line above which the spruce will not grow reaches down to the lake.
Lake Inari, Finland [2]
   

 

Lake Inari is the third largest lake in Finland as measured by surface area. The lake is situated at some distance from industrial centres. Its drainage basin is sparsely populated and is mainly used for reindeer herding. Most of the basin is still in a near-natural state. The main part of Lake Inari drainage basin is situated in the valley of the River Ivalonjoki. The River Lemmenjoki conservation area, which is the largest in Finland, is situated in the drainage basin. The forests are composed mainly of pines and are used as a source of raw material in forest industries. Forests of spruce are rare. In the northern part of the drainage basin there are some barren arctic mountains, with small clusters of arctic birch. [1]


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Lake Inari is one od the largests lake in northern Finland, lying near the Russian border. At an elevation of 389 ft (119 m), it is approximately 50 mi (80 km) long and 25 mi (40 km) wide at its farthest points, has an area of 425 sq mi (1,102 sq km), and is about 200 ft (61 m) deep. The lake is fed by the Ivalo River from the southwest and drained by the Paats River on the east to the Arctic Ocean. The town of Inari, a Sami trading centre, is on the southwestern shore. The lake's excellent fishing and boating attract many tourists.[3]

 

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June 10, 2007

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References
 
1. ILEC- Lake Inari-Finland-retrieved 1/17/10
2. Flickr- Lake Inari-Finland-Creative Commons Attribution License-retrieved 1/17/10
3. "Inari, Lake." Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica 2009 Deluxe Edition. Chicago: Encyclopædia Britannica, 2009.
 
 
 
 

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