Three Lakes Region Part I – Lake Morat and Berner Seeland, Switzerland

 
 
 
 

Lake Morat or Lake Murten (French: Lac de Morat; German: Murtensee) is a lake located in the cantons of Fribourg and Vaud in the west of Switzerland. It is named after the small bilingual town of Murten/Morat on its southern shore.
It is the smallest of the three lakes in the Seeland or Pays des trois lacs area of the Swiss plateau located at the foot of the first chain of the Jura mountains. The main tributary is the river Broye.
Since the Jura water correction its water leaves the lake through the Broye Canal (Canal de la Broye) into nearby Lake Neuchâtel that is connected to Lake Bienne/Lake Biel through the Thielle canal. Thus all three lakes form a natural reservoir in order to retain overflow water from the river Aare that flows into Lake Bienne/Biel: in times of combined heavy rainfalls and glacier melting in the Alps, the peculiar situation arises that the water flows backwards through the Thielle and Broye canals, preventing an overflow of the Grand Marais (German: Grosses Moos). (source: Wikipedia).

Freshwater Ecoregion of the World : #404 Central & Western Europe

Major Habitat Type: temperate floodplain rivers and wetlands

 

Lake Morat : 2018

Lake of Morat – Aquatic Garden Eden at Summer Season

       

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Lake of Morat – Springtime and Spawning Fish

       

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Lake of Morat – Winter Season

       

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Lake of Morat – Older Images

       

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Berner Seeland : 2018

Berner Seeland – A Peat Bog

       

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Berner Seeland – Drainage Channels

       

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