Pangong Tso Lake
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The Pangong Tso Lake is a long deep narrow lake that is situated at a height of 4,350 metres in the Ladakh region.
- It is a brackish water lake.
- It is not a part of the Indus river basin.
Tactical significance of the lake:
- It lies in the path of the Chushul approach, one of the main approaches that China can use for an offensive into Indian-held territory.
- Fingers in the lake:
- The barren mountain called Chang Chenmo has palm like formations called ‘fingers’.
- India claims that the LAC is coterminous with Finger 8, but China claims that it starts from Line 2.
- India physically controls area only up to Finger 4.
- Note: Sino-Indian border dispute: The LAC mostly passes on the land, but Pangong Tso is a unique case where it passes through the water as well.