The Qinghai Lake, or Ch'inghai Lake, is the largest lake in China. It is in the Qinghai Province, which is where the lake gets its name. The lake has a surface area of 4,186 square kilometres (1,616 sq mi). The lake is a alkaline salt lake. Its size has changed over time. During the 20th century, it became smaller, but has been getting larger since 2004. The average depth of the lake was 21 metres (69 ft) in 2008. The deepest part of the lake was 25.5 metres (84 ft).
|Type||Endorheic salt lake|
|Surface area||4,186 km2 (1,616 sq mi) (2004)|
4,489 km2 (1,733 sq mi) (2007)
|Max. depth||32.8 m (108 ft)|
|Surface elevation||3,260 m (10,700 ft)|
|Islands||Sand Island, Bird Islands|
- "Area of Qinghai Lake Has Increased Continuously". China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development. Archived from the original on August 28, 2008. Retrieved August 28, 2008.
- Buffetrille 1994, p. 2; Gruschke 2001, pp. 90 ff. It has a size of approximately 108 kilometres (67 mi) by 67 kilometres (42 mi).
- Zhang, Guoqing (2011). "Water level variation of Lake Qinghai from satellite and in situ measurements under climate change". Journal of Applied Remote Sensing. 5 (1): 053532. Bibcode:2011JARS....5a3532Z. doi:10.1117/1.3601363. S2CID 53463010.