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Lake Tahoe Friday fact

How large is Lake Tahoe? The maximum length of the Lake is 21.2 miles (north to south) and the maximum width is 11.9 miles (east to west). The surface area is 191 square miles (122,200 acres). The shoreline length is … Continue reading

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Lake Tahoe Friday fact

How clear is the water and why? Clarity is determined by measuring the water depth at which an 8-inch diameter white disk disappears from view. The Lake owes it extraordinary natural clarity mainly to its exceptional depth and volume, a … Continue reading

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Lake Tahoe Friday fact

Why does Lake Tahoe appear to have different colors? As light penetrates the Lake, water molecules absorb various colors. Fine particles and the exceptional clarity allow backscattering of the predominating light color toward the eye of an observer. The lake … Continue reading

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Lake Tahoe Friday fact

How pure is the Lake? The water is 99.994% pure, making it one of the purest large lakes in the world. For comparison, commercially distilled water is 99.998% pure. Tahoe contains roughly 60 parts per million of dissolved matter. Image … Continue reading

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Lake Tahoe Friday fact

Where is the Tahoe Basin located and how high is it? The Tahoe Basin straddles the California-Nevada border. The coordinates of the geographic center of the main body of Lake Tahoe are 39° 06’ 30” N and 120° 01’ 51” … Continue reading

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Lake Tahoe Friday fact

How did the name Tahoe originate and what does it mean? The name Tahoe comes from a mispronunciation of the Washoe Native American name for Lake Tahoe, da ow a ga, which means, “edge of the lake.” Fact credit: TahoeFacts.com

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Lake Tahoe Friday fact

Why is Lake Tahoe called the “Lake of the Sky?” The water surface of Lake Tahoe sits at an average elevation of 6,225.1 ft or 1.2 miles above sea level. This creates the metaphorical and poetic name, “Lake of the … Continue reading

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Lake Tahoe Friday fact

How did Lake Tahoe form? About 3 to 3.5 million years ago, a system of north-south trending faults (fractures in the earth’s crust) began moving. The upward movement of the surrounding mountains and the downward fall of the valley bottom … Continue reading

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