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Sevan lake is located in Gegharkhounik province, 60 km to the north of capital Yerevan. It's the greatest one in the Caucasus Region. Its significance is also conditioned by the fact that it provides fresh water and fresh water fish to the Transcaucasus region. In addition to that it's one of the fresh water hight mountain lakes in Eurasia. Note that the lake's basin makes up the one sixty of Armenia's entire territory. Twenty-eight rivers and streams flow into the lake, and one river flows out of it. It's River Hrazdan.

In the beginning of the 20th century Armenia became a Soviet Union member state and upon the decision of the Soviet Government the water of the lake was lowered and used for irrigation and hydroelectricity purposes. As a result the island on which the beautiful monastery of Sevanavank is situated converted into a peninsula. Recently the Armenian Government came up with a plan to increase the water level and the consequences are now clearly seen by the trees and close-to-shore constructions having appeared underwater.

Currently, the lake plays an enormous role in the country's economy. Due to it, Armenians get low cost electricity. Besides the are provided with fish, recreation and tourism. It's also the main source of irrigation water. All this said, it should be only added that the role of this beautiful lake can not be underestimated as it is of most importance to Armenia and Armenian people.

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Additional Photos by Zbigniew Kalinowski (fotka) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 657 W: 10 N: 1968] (8289)
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