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Salt Lakes of the Hispanolian Rift Valley, Haiti and Dominican Republic

March 3rd, 2009 Category: Lakes

Southern coast of Dominican Republic - March 1st, 2009

Southern coast of Dominican Republic - March 1st, 2009

This image shows part of Haiti (far left) and the Dominican Republic (center and right). The border between the two countries is just west of the Pedernales Peninsula (bottom center).

Despite some cloud cover, numerous bodies of water are visible, including the bright green Oviedo Lagoon at the tip of the peninsula and Rincon Lagoon to its north.

The large dark green lake east of Rincon Lagoon is Lake Enriquillo, one of only a few saltwater lakes in the world inhabited by crocodiles.

It is located in the Hispaniolan rift valley (known as the Cul-de-Sac Depression in Haiti and the Hoya de Enriquillo in the Dominican Republic), that extends 79 miles (127 km) from Port-au-Prince Bay in Haiti in the west to near Neiba Bay in the Dominican Republic in the east.

Further west, near the border, is Étang Saumâtre (also known as Lake Azuei), Haiti’s largest lake,  located in the southeastern region of the country. The colour of the lake is an intense shade of blue.

This salt-water lake has an area of around 170 km² (65 square miles). Some 29 km (18 miles) long and up to 9.7km (6 miles) wide, the lake supports over 100 species of waterfowl, flamingos and American crocodiles, one of the few lakes of its type in the world to harbor such fauna.

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