Laacher See

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Laacher See (German pronunciation: [ˈlaːxɐ ˈzeː]) or Laach Lake (in English) is a caldera lake and a potentially active volcano, in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, situated close to the cities of Koblenz, about 24 km (15 mi) away, and Bonn, about 37 km (23 mi) away, and closest to the towns Andernach, 8 km (5.0 mi), and Mayen 11 km (6.8 mi). The caldera lake lies just 8 km (5.0 mi) from the river Rhine at Andernach. Just like the nearby 'Wehrer Kessel' volcano and Rieden volcano, the Laacher See volcano forms a volcanic caldera in the Eifel mountain range. It is part of the area called "East Eifel volcanic field". The great Eifel lake takes its name from the Old High German word "lacha" which in turn is derived from Latin "lacus" as English "lake". Thus the name literally means "Lake of the Lake" similar to the "Loch Lochy" in the Scottish Highlands with the same meaning. The lake lies 259 m (850 ft) above sea level, is 8 km (5.0 mi) in circumference, and surrounded by a ring of high hills. The water is blue, very cold and bitter to the taste. The lake has no natural outlet and so the water level changes considerably due to evaporation and rainfall conditions. On the western side

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