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Étang Saumâtre, Haiti and Lake Enriquillo, Dominican Republic

18.4N 71.6W

January 2nd, 2010 Category: Lakes

Dominican Republic and Haiti - December 19th, 2009

Dominican Republic and Haiti - December 19th, 2009

The border between Haiti (west) and the Dominican Republic (east) runs vertically between the two lakes visible in the bottom left corner: Étang Saumâtre (left) and Lake Enriquillo (right).

Lake Enriquillo is located in the Hispaniolan rift valley, which reaches from Port-au-Prince Bay in Haiti to near Neiba Bay in the Dominican Republic. The lake is 9 to 12 miles (15 to 20 km) wide, and covers an area of 102 square miles (265 km²). It is also the lowest point in the Caribbean, falling 129 feet (39 m) below sea level.

Étang Saumâtre (also known as Lake Azuei) is also located in the Hispaniolan rift valley. It Haiti’s largest lake, with an area of around 170 km² (65 square miles). It is some 29 km (18 miles) long and up to 9.7km (6 miles) wide.

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