Lake Güija

Lake Güija

Infobox lake
lake_name = Lake Güija
(Lago de Güija)
image_lake =San Diego volcano.jpg
caption_lake =Lake Guïja and the San Diego volcano
image_bathymetry =
caption_bathymetry =
location = Jutiapa, Santa Ana
coords = coord|14|16|N|89|31|W|type:waterbody_region:GT|display=inline,title
type = Volcanic lake
inflow = Ostúa River
outflow =
catchment =
basin_countries = GUA SLV
length =
width =
area = 45 km²
depth =
max-depth =
volume =
residence_time =
shore =
elevation = 430 m
islands =
cities =

Lake Güija is a lake in Central America. The lake is situated on the border between Guatemala and El Salvador and has an area of 45 km², of which approximately 32 km² lies in El Salvador. [cite web | url=http://www.sica.int/trifinio/areas/guija.aspx | publisher=CTPT| title=Lago de Güija |author= |year= | access=2008 | format=] [cite web | url=http://www-wds.worldbank.org/external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2005/09/22/000011823_20050922165216/Rendered/PDF/E12220v30Guija0Conservation.pdf | publisher=MARN | title=Evaluación Ambiental del complejo Lago de Güija - Informe final |author=Herrera, Néstor |year=2005 | access=2008 | format=PDF]

The lake is of volcanic origin and was formed by a large basaltic lava flow from the San Diego volcano which blocked the Güija depression's original drainage. [cite web | url=http://www.volcano.si.edu/world/volcano.cfm?vnum=1403-001 | publisher=CTPT| title=San Diego Volcano |author= |year= | access=2008 | format=] Lake Güija is fed by the Ostúa, Angue and Cusmapa rivers and is drained on its southeastern side by the río Desagüe, a tributary of the río Lempa. The lake is surrounded by the volcanic cones of the Mita, San Diego and Cerro Quemado. The Salvadoran side of the lake has several small isles: Teotipa, Cerro de Tule and Iguatepec, where a substantial number of pre-columbian céramics have been discovered since excavations started in 1924.

References

External links

* [http://www.sica.int/trifinio/areas/guija.aspx Lago de Güija]
* [http://www.volcano.si.edu/world/volcano.cfm?vnum=1403-001 San Diego Volcano]
* [http://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/210/ Tentative list UNESCO World Heritage Sites]
* [http://www.fisdl.gob.sv/content/view/670/143/ Metapán]


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