Loch Ness - essential facts
LOCH NESS IS:-
• In "The Great Glen", a geological fault line which bisects Scotland from East to West.
• A freshwater inland lake located at 57° 13.49N, 04° 33.45W on the world map.
• 39km long from Lochend at the north end to Fort Augustus at the south.
• 1.6km wide on average.
• 889 feet deep at its deepest point just north of Urquhart Bay. This is a trench that was discovered by Jacobite Cruises skipper Keith in 2015. It was reconfirmed on 18 September 2016 as being over 880 feet deep - Roland Watson captured this image of the depth being recorded on the Jacobite Rebel as it passed over the trench
• 16m above seawater, fed by eight main rivers and a further 40 streams and connected to the sea by the River Ness.
• Unknown to freeze over in winter. Below 30m deep it is a very consistent 5.5°C, above 30m it can rise to around 12°C in summertime.
• Very dark due to a heavy peat content, underwater visibility falling to nil at around 9m.
• 7 billion cubic metres in volume. This is much larger than any other body of water in the UK and is enough to hide the world’s entire human population ( so just imagine how difficult it is to find even a few monsters)
• 56.3 sq km in surface area.
• A large part of the Caledonian Canal, a navigable inland waterway which connects the North Sea to the Atlantic Ocean.
• Now famous as it has had a history of monster sightings since 565AD!