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  • adjective of a lake or basin Internally drained; having no outlet.


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From endo- ("internal") + Ancient Greek ῥέω (rheō, "I flow, stream") + -ic.


  • Lake Chilwa is an endorheic basin draining rivers originating from the eastern slopes of the Shire Highlands, the Zomba Plateau and the northern slopes of the Mulanje Massif.

    Water profile of Malawi

  • Being the "sink" of an endorheic basin, its surface area is very variable but is on average 683 km2, of which 721 km2 lies in Malawi.

    Water profile of Malawi

  • The South Interior, which also is an endorheic basin, occupies the remaining area (about 63%) and includes the Kalahari Desert and the Makgadikgadi Pans.

    Water profile of Botswana

  • The Okavango basin, which is an endorheic basin, occupies about 9% in the northwest;

    Water profile of Botswana

  • It is also drained by the endorheic Cuando-Cubango system and the Cunene River.

    Angolan Miombo woodlands

  • Rift Valley (endorheic) basins, of which amongst others:

    Water profile of Tanzania

  • Drainage of the lake is a serious threat because Patzcuaro is in the middle of an endorheic basin, thus its sole sources of refill is rainwater and the infiltration provided by the surrounding forests.

    Central Mexican wetlands

  • If there were no saltwater seas, then the endorheic basins would have to be very unstable, preventing bodies of water to become older than a couple of hundred years.

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  • As said earlier, saltwater lakes are explained easily as being endorheic.

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  • And the given references don't mention any are receding in volume too rapidly to have existed millions of years ago endorheic lakes exist - lakes without an outflow to rivers or the ocean.

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  • A closed water system, including many lakes, like the Caspian Sea.

    November 11, 2007

  • An endorheic basin is a closed drainage basin into which water flows, but no outflow happens. Bodies of water contained by endorheic basins usually have very high salt content, for they usually sit atop a salt pan. The Caspian Sea is in an endorheic basin.

    June 25, 2009