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Cordillera Occidental of the Andes in Colombia’s Chocó Department

3.8N 76.4W

December 7th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Colombia - November 15th, 2009

Colombia - November 15th, 2009

Colombia’s Chocó Department makes up most of the ecoregion known as El Chocó that extends from Panama to Ecuador. Three large rivers drain the Chocó Department: the Atrato River, the San Juan River and the Baudó River, each one with many tributaries.

The Baudó Mountains on the coast and the Cordillera Occidental, on the right side of this orthorectified image, are cut by low valleys with an altitude less than 1,000 meters that form most of the territory.

Upon opening the full image, Calima Lake can be seen towards the bottom. It is the largest artificial lake in Colombia, with an area of 70 km². The lake is located in the municipality of Darién in the Valle del Cauca Department.

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