20 facts about Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi
11.The water of Malawi Lake is alkaline (pH 7.7-8.6).
12.The lake is loosing 80% of water due to evaporation.
13.The temperature of surface water is quite high and ranges from 24 to 29 °C. The temperature of deeper waters is about 22°C.
14.The waters in Malawi Lake practically do not mix, so we can distinguish between the aerobic zone (near the surface) and the anaerobic zone (closer to the bottom).
The barrier between the aerobic and anaerobic zone is located at a depth of about 250 metres.
15.The lake is fed by a tributary of the Ruhuhu River and water flows out of it into the Shire River.
16.It is home to many endemic fish species. At least 700 species of cichlids live in the waters of Lake Malawi.
17.Nile crocodiles, hippos, monkeys and a large population of African white-tailed eagles that hunt for fish live near Lake Malawi.
18.A "battle" took place at Lake Malawi, where on August 16, 1914, the command British Captain Rhoades was ordered to "sink, burn, or destroy" the only boat of the German Empire stationed on the lake.
Having found a moored German vessel near Sphinxhaven, he fired a single shot at it from a distance of 1800 meters, immobilizing it. This event was described by The Times as the first British Navy victory in the First World War.
19.In 1989 a massive earthquake took place on the southern coast of Lake Malawi.
Fortunately, only nine people died as a result of it, but over 50,000 were left homeless.
20.On the southern shore of the lake is the Malawi Lake National Park, established in 1980.

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