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Dark clouds on the lac Léman.
Lake Geneva (rarely Leman Lake, French: Lac Léman or Lac de Genève) is the second largest freshwater lake in central Europe (after Lake Balaton), divided between 2/5 France (Haute-Savoie) and 3/5 Switzerland (cantons of Vaud, Geneva, and Valais).
A great crescent shape of blue water, it is 73 km (45 mi) long, at its widest it is 14 km (8.7 mi) and its maximum depth is 310 m (170 fathoms). It lies approximately at co-ordinates 46°26′N 6°33′E. It covers approximately 582 km² (225 mi²) of total area. The volume of water is estimated at 88.9 km³ (72,000 acre-feet or 23.5 trillion (short scale) U.S. gallons or 19.6 trillion imperial gallons) with a catchment area of 7,975 km² (3,079 mi²). The crescent shape is deformed around Yvoire on the southern shore, the lake can thus be divided into the "Grand Lac" to the east and the "Petit Lac" to the west.

Lake Geneva lies on the course of the Rhône River. The river has its source at the Rhone Glacier near the Grimsel Pass to the east of the lake and flows down through the Canton of Valais, entering the lake between Villeneuve and St. Gingolph, before flowing slowly towards its egress at Geneva. Other tributaries are the Drance, L'Aubonne, La Morges, Venoge, and Veveyse.
The shore between Geneva and Lausanne is called La Côte, and between Lausanne and Vevey it is called Lavaux

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