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Lake Chapala and Infiernillo Reservoir in Mexico

20.2N 103.1W

May 8th, 2010 Category: Lakes

Mexico - April 27th, 2010

Mexico - April 27th, 2010

Two lakes stand out near the Pacific Coast of Mexico: the Infiernillo Reservoir, white from sun glint near the bottom right, and Lake Chapala, further inland near the center and greenish tan from sediments.

Lake Chapala (Spanish: Lago de Chapala) is Mexico’s largest freshwater lake. It is located about 45 km southeast of Guadalajara, Jalisco, and is situated on the border between the states of Jalisco and Michoacán, at 1,524 metres above sea level.

Its approximate dimensions are 80 km from east to west and 18 km from north to south, and it covers a total of some 1,100 km². It is a shallow lake, with a mean depth of 4.5 metres and a maximum of 10.5.

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