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{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Use dmy dates |date=__DATE__ |$B= }} {{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}}{{#invoke:Infobox body of water tracking|tracking}} Lake Van (Turkish: Van Gölü{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}, Armenian: Վանա լիճ Vana lich{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}, Kurdish: Gola Wanê‎{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}, Central Kurdish: ده‌ریاچه‌ی وان{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}) is the largest lake in Turkey, located in the far east of the country in the provinces of Van and Bitlis. It is a saline soda lake, receiving water from numerous small streams that descend from the surrounding mountains. Lake Van is one of the world's largest endorheic lakes (having no outlet). The original outlet from the basin was blocked by an ancient volcanic eruption. Although Lake Van is situated at an altitude of {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} in a region with harsh winters, its high salinity prevents most of it from freezing, and even the shallow northern section is only occasionally an exception.<ref>The New Encyclopædia Britannica, Lake Van</ref>

Along with Lake Urmia and Lake Sevan, Van is considered the first of three great lakes of the historical Armenian Kingdom, being the origin of the Urartian civilization.


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