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Anchar Lake Srinagar

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Location: Srinagar district, Jammu & Kashmir
Area: 680 ha
Altitude: 1585 m Biogeographical
province: 2.39.12
Wetland type: 14

Description of site: This freshwater lake of Srinagar is shallow .with a maximum depth of 3 m. A typical example of an ecologically sick lake, most of its expanse is infested with weeds, and in certain areas navigation is difficult. The waters of the lake are alkaline

Climatic conditions: Montane valley climate with a pronounced cold season from October to March (average temperature 7.5°C), and warm summers (average temperature 19.8° C). January is the coldest month (-2°C to 3°C), and July the warmest (34 - 35°C). The average annual rainfall is 551 mm. Summer monsoon rainfall scanty. Most of the precipitation is in the form of snow (January-March)

Principal vegetation: Major aquatic vegetation species include Ceratophyllum demersum, Potamogeton natans, and Nelumbo nucifera. One hundred and sixty seven taxa representing six classes of algae have been recorded. There is a dominance of Bacilloriophyceae and Chlorophyceae

Land tenure: State-owned. There is a dominance of Bacilloriophyceae and Chlorophyceae

Land use: Agriculture and fishing, mainly for mirror carp. Traps nuts are harvested

Disturbances and threats: The lake is highly polluted due to direct discharge of sewage and effluents from human settlements in the vicinity. Large areas of the lake have been encroached upon. Recent studies have shown that changes in the chemical and biological factors of the lake are indicative of a degraded ecosystem which poses a threat to waterfowl that visit the wetland

Fauna: Reported to be attracting waterfowl, though no census appears to have been conducted

Special floral values: No information

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