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Loch Ness
Loch Ness, with Urquhart Castle in the foreground
Location Scotland, UK
Coordinates 57°18′N 4°27′W / 57.3, -4.45Coordinates: 57°18′N 4°27′W / 57.3, -4.45
Basin countries Scotland
Surface area 56.4 km² (21.8 sq mi)
Max. depth 230 m (754 feet)
Water volume 7.4×109 cubic meters
Surface elevation 15.8 m
Map of Loch Ness
Map of Loch Ness

Loch Ness (Scottish Gaelic: Loch Nis) is a large, deep, freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands (57°18′N, 4°27′W) extending for approximately 37 km (23 miles) southwest of Inverness. Its surface is 15.8 meters (52 feet) above sea level. Loch Ness is best known for the alleged sightings of the legendary Loch Ness Monster, also known as "Nessie". Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1000x663, 592 KB) Loch Ness with Urquhart Castle in the foreground. ... Urquhart Castle, main tower Urquhart Castle ( ; Ordnance Survey grid reference NH530286) sits beside Loch Ness in Scotland along the A82 road, between Fort William and Inverness. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ... A drainage basin is the area within the drainage basin divide (blue outline), and drains the surface runoff and river discharge (green lines) of a contiguous area. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 490 × 599 pixels Full resolution (862 × 1054 pixel, file size: 256 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Map of Loch Ness created by P.K.Niyogi and originally uploaded to Wikitravel. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 490 × 599 pixels Full resolution (862 × 1054 pixel, file size: 256 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Map of Loch Ness created by P.K.Niyogi and originally uploaded to Wikitravel. ... Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig) is a member of the Goidelic branch of Celtic languages. ... View across Loch Lomond, towards Ben Lomond. ... Lowland-Highland divide Highland Sign with welcome in English and Gaelic The Scottish Highlands (A Ghàidhealtachd in Gaelic) include the rugged and mountainous regions of Scotland north and west of the Highland Boundary Fault. ... This article is about the city in Scotland. ... For other uses, see Loch Ness Monster (disambiguation). ...

Loch Ness is the second largest Scottish loch by surface area at 56.4 km² (21.8 sq mi) after Loch Lomond, but due to its great depth is the largest by volume. Its deepest point is 230 m (754 feet) ,[1] deeper than the height of London's BT Tower at 189 m (620 feet) and deeper than any other loch besides Loch Morar. It contains more fresh water than all lakes in England and Wales combined. and is the largest body of water on the Great Glen geologic fault, which runs from Inverness in the north to Fort William in the south. The Caledonian Canal, which links the sea at either end of the fault, uses Loch Ness for part of its route. It is one of a series of interconnected, murky bodies of water in Scotland; its water visibility is exceptionally low due to a high peat content in the surrounding soil. This is a list of lochs in Scotland. ... For other uses, see Loch Lomond (disambiguation). ... BT Tower from the Euston Road, looking south. ... Loch Morar is a body of fresh water on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article is about the country. ... The Great Glen, also known as Glen Albyn or Glen Mor is a series of valleys in Scotland running 100 kilometres from Inverness on the Moray Firth to Fort William at the head of Loch Linnhe. ... Geologic faults, fault lines or simply faults are planar rock fractures, which show evidence of relative movement. ... // Fort William (Scots Gaelic: An Gearasdan, The Garrison) is the largest town in the west highlands of Scotland. ... The Caledonian Canal in Scotland connects the Scottish east coast at Inverness with the west coast near Fort William. ... Peat in Lewis, Scotland Peat is an accumulation of partially decayed vegetation matter. ...

Loch Ness acts as the lower storage reservoir for the Foyers pumped-storage hydroelectric scheme, which was the first of its kind in United Kingdom. The turbines were originally used to provide power for a nearby aluminium smelting plant, but now electricity is generated and supplied to the National Grid. The Fall of Foyers is a waterfall on the River Foyers, which feeds Loch Ness, in Highland, Scotland. ... Pumped storage hydroelectricity is a method of storing and producing electricity to supply high peak demands by moving water between reservoirs at different elevations. ... Hydroelectricity is electricity produced by hydropower. ... Aluminum redirects here. ... Electric phosphate smelting furnace in a TVA chemical plant (1942) Chemical reduction, or smelting, is a form of extractive metallurgy. ... Electricity (from New Latin Ä“lectricus, amberlike) is a general term for a variety of phenomena resulting from the presence and flow of electric charge. ... The National Grid is the high-voltage electric power transmission network in Great Britain, connecting power stations and major substations and ensuring that electricity generated anywhere in Great Britain can be used to satisfy demand elsewhere. ...

The only island on Loch Ness is Cherry Island, visible at its southwestern end, near Fort Augustus. It is a crannog, which is a form of artificial island. (Most crannogs were constructed during the Iron Age). Cherry Island is the only island on Loch Ness, an example of a crannog. ... Fort Augustus is a settlement in the Scottish Highlands, at the south west end of Loch Ness. ... A crannog is the name given in Scotland and Ireland to an artificial island or natural island, used for a settlement and usually linked to shore with a timber gangway or stone causeway. ... Before Mexico City, Tenochtitlan was an artificial island of 250,000 (Dr Atl) Dejima, not allowed direct contact with nearby Nagasaki Formoza (Gdynia) The World in Dubai An artificial island is an island that has been formed by human, rather than natural means. ... Iron Age Axe found on Gotland This article is about the archaeological period known as the Iron Age, for the mythological Iron Age see Iron Age (mythology). ...

At Drumnadrochit is The Loch Ness Exhibition Centre which examines the controversy through the natural history of Loch Ness. Boat cruises operate from various locations on the loch shore, giving visitors the chance to look for the monster. Drumnadrochit is a village in the Scottish Highlands, on the West shore of Loch Ness. ... For other uses, see Loch Ness Monster (disambiguation). ...


  1. ^ Bathymetrical Survey of the Fresh-Water Lochs of Scotland, 1897-1909. National Library of Scotland.

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Loch Ness Monster - Crystalinks (1747 words)
The Loch Ness Monster, sometimes called "Nessie" or "Ness" (Scottish Gaelic: Niseag) is a creature or group of creatures said to live in Loch Ness, a deep freshwater loch (lake) near the city of Inverness in northern Scotland.
The modern preoccupation with the Loch Ness Monster was aroused by a photograph allegedly taken by surgeon R.K. Wilson on April 19, 1934, which seemed to show a large creature with a long neck gliding through the water.
Loch Ness is located in the North of Scotland and is one of a series of interlinked lochs which run along the Great Glen.
Loch Ness Scotland - UK Destination Guide to Loch Ness (407 words)
And the Loch Ness Monster is just one of the many myths and legends to be discovered in this particularly mysterious corner of Scotland.
Loch Ness is a holiday destination full of surprises – whether you want to sit back and take in the landscape, explore the history of the area, visit the charming towns and villages like Fort Augustus, Cannich, Strathglass and Drumnadrochit.
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