Lake Geneva sometimes Lac de Geneve, is a lake on the north side of the Alps, shared between Switzerland and France. It is one of the largest lakes in Western Europe and the largest on the course of the Rhone. 59.53% (345.31 km2) of it comes under the jurisdiction of Switzerland (cantons of Vaud, Geneva, and Valais), and 40.47% (234.71 km2) under France (department of Haute-Savoie). Lake Geneva has been explored by four submarines, the Auguste Piccard and the F.-A. Forel, both built by Jacques Piccard and the two Mir submersibles.
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Today we feature the Lake Geneva, also known as Lac Léman or Lake Leman (German, Genfersee), the largest lake in central Europe, about 583 sq km in area, straddling the border between Switzerland and France. The largest part of the lake, about 363 sq km, is in western Switzerland. The two most populous lakeside cities, Geneva and Lausanne, are in Switzerland; on the French side are the notable spas Thonon-les-Bains and Évian-les-Bains. Shaped like a crescent, the lake lies about 380 m above sea level. It is 72 km long, varies from about 2.4 to 13 km in width, and has a maximum depth of about 310 m. The Rhône River enters the lake at its eastern end and issues from it at the western extremity; the deposits of the Rhône at its point of issue have contracted the lake area considerably, towns and villages once on the shore now being miles inland. About 20 small streams flow into the lake, which is surrounded by the Alps on the south and east and the Jura Mountains on the north and west. Lake Geneva is frequently subject to the phenomena known as seiches, which occasion a rise and fall of about 0.6 to 1.5 m in depth in the course of half an hour; these phenomena are said to be caused by variances in atmospheric pressure on different parts of the surface of the water.
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