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Top 9 Tibetan lakes' stories you must know
09:23, January 22, 2010  

1. Namco Lake in the arm of scared mountain

Namco means "heavenly lake" in Tibetan language. The lake is located between Damxung County and Palgon County, 240 kilometers from Lhasa. The lake is 4,718 meters above sea level, 70 kilometers long and 30 kilometers wide. It is the largest salt lake in Tibet Autonomous Region, the second largest in China as well as the world's highest lake.

According to historical documents, the lake seems like the sky has descended to the earth, so people call it "heavenly lake".

Namco Lake formed in a depression created by movement of the Himalayan Mountains during the tertiary period. Today, we can still see ancient shorelines around the lake left after the lake had receded. The highest one is about 80 meters.

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