Sea of Galilee

Sea of Galilee - Kinneret
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Coordinates32°50′N 35°35′E / 32°50′N 35°35′E / Lower Jordan River, evaporation
Catchment area2,730 km2 (1,050 sq mi)[2]
Basin countriesIsrael, Syria
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-214.59 m (704.0 ft) (varying)
SettlementsTiberias, Tel Katzir
References[1][2]
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

The Sea of Galilee (Hebrew: יָם כִּנֶּרֶת‬, Judeo-Aramaic: יַמּא דטבריא, גִּנֵּיסַר, Arabic: بحيرة طبريا‎), Kinneret or Kinnereth,[3] Lake of Gennesaret, or Lake Tiberias, is a freshwater lake in Israel. 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 m (141 feet).[4] At levels between 215 metres (705 ft) and 209 metres (686 ft) below sea level,[5] it is the lowest freshwater lake on Earth and the second-lowest lake in the world (after the Dead Sea, a saltwater lake).[6] The lake is fed partly by underground springs although its main source is the Jordan River which flows through it from north to south.

Geography

Sea of Galilee in relation to the Dead Sea

The Sea of Galilee is situated in northeast Israel, between the Golan Heights and the Galilee region, in the Jordan Rift Valley, the valley caused by the separation of the African and Arabian Plates. Consequently, the area is subject to earthquakes, and in the past, volcanic activity. This is evident by the abundant basalt and other igneous rocks that define the geology of Galilee.

Other Languages
العربية: بحيرة طبريا
azərbaycanca: Təbəriyyə gölü
беларуская: Галілейскае мора
brezhoneg: Mor Galilea
Cymraeg: Môr Galilea
español: Mar de Galilea
Esperanto: Maro Kineret
한국어: 갈릴래아호
हिन्दी: गलील सागर
hrvatski: Galilejsko more
Bahasa Indonesia: Danau Galilea
עברית: הכנרת
Basa Jawa: Segara Galiléa
kaszëbsczi: Galilejsczé Jezoro
Kiswahili: Ziwa Galilaya
Ladino: Kineret
latviešu: Kinnerets
Lëtzebuergesch: Séi Genesareth
македонски: Галилејско Море
മലയാളം: ഗലീലി കടൽ
Bahasa Melayu: Laut Galilee
Nederlands: Meer van Tiberias
日本語: ガリラヤ湖
norsk nynorsk: Genesaretsjøen
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Tabariya koʻli
پنجابی: جھیل طبریہ
português: Mar da Galileia
română: Marea Galileei
Simple English: Sea of Galilee
slovenčina: Tiberiadske jazero
slovenščina: Genezareško jezero
српски / srpski: Галилејско језеро
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Galilejsko jezero
Türkçe: Taberiye Gölü
Tiếng Việt: Biển hồ Galilee
ייִדיש: ים כנרת
中文: 加利利海