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Lakes and Lagoons in Bolivia’s Beni Department

12.9S 65.7W

June 30th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Sediments

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The Beni Department in Bolivia lies in the southern reaches of the Amazon Basin, near the border with Brazil. Here, several different colored lakes can be seen in the department’s Yacuma Province.

Furthest east, appearing green in its lower parts and fading to tan in the upper reaches, is Lago Huaytunas. It is situated at an elevation of 146 m, and has a surface area of 329.5 km².

Several other lakes and lagoons are situated nearby to the west. The largest is Laguna Rogaguado, tan in color, also reportedly called Lake Roja Aguado. Just to the southeast is another, smaller, tan lagoon: Laguna La Porfía, with a surface area of 58.5 km². Southeast of Laguna La Porfía is a lagoon that is darker green in color: Laguna Guachuna, with a surface area of 102.8 km².

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