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Metro Manila by Laguna de Bay, and Interesting Features of Lake Taal, Philippines – November 3rd, 2010

13.8N 120.9E

November 3rd, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Philippines - July 13th, 2010

Lake Taal

The extensive bright white area in the main orthorectified image is Metro Manila, situated between Manila Bay (left) and Laguna de Bay (right), on the island of Luzon in the Philippines.

Metro Manila, which is composed of sixteen cities including the city of Manila itself, is one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world, with a population of 20 million people.

Laguna de Bay is the largest lake in the Philippines and the third largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. It has a stylized ‘W’ shape created by two peninsulas jutting out from the northern shore. Between these peninsulas, the middle lobe fills a large volcanic caldera. Laguna de Bay drains to Manila Bay via the Pasig River.

The detail image, on the other hand, focuses on Lake Taal, also visible to the south of Laguna de Bay in the full version of the main image. In the middle of the lake is Vulcano Island, which in turn is home to a smaller caldera lake known fittingly as Crater Lake.

Interestingly, Crater Lake holds the world record for being the largest lake on an island in a lake on an island. Within Crater Lake is another island, called Vulcan Point, which holds the record for being the largest island in a lake on an island in a lake on an island.

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