Dongting

Dongting or Tungting (both: dŏngˈtĭngˈ) [key], shallow lake, Hunan prov., SE China; one of China's largest lakes. It is fed by the Yuan, Zi, Xiang, and many smaller rivers; a canal connects it with the Chang River. Depending on the season, the Dongting varies in size from 1,400 to 4,000 sq mi (3,626–10,360 sq km). It attains its maximum extent during the period of heavy summer rains, when the lake receives the overflow from the Chang, which it serves as a natural reservoir. The heavily populated lake basin is one of China's leading rice-producing regions; tea is also an important crop.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

More on Dongting from Fact Monster:

  • Jinsha - Jinsha Jinsha , formerly Shashior Shasi, city (1994 est. pop. 683,000), S Hubei prov., China, on ...
  • Hunan - Hunan Hunan [south of the lake], province (1994 est. pop. 63,050,500), c.80,000 sq mi (207,254 sq ...
  • Xiang - Xiang Xiang or Siang, river, 715 mi (1,151 km) long, rising in NE Guangxi prov. and flowing N ...
  • Tungting - Tungting Tungting, lake, China: see Dongting.
  • Encyclopedia: East Asian Physical Geography - Encyclopeadia articles concerning East Asian Physical Geography.

See more Encyclopedia articles on: East Asian Physical Geography