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Étang Saumâtre and Lake Enriquillo, Haiti and Dominican Republic

18.5N 71.9W

February 21st, 2012 Category: Lakes

Haiti - January 2nd, 2012

This image shows the landscape of Hispaniola, a Caribbean island shared by Haiti (west) and the Dominican Republic (east). Visible by the left edge is the Gulf of Gonâve, a large gulf along the western coast of Haiti. Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince, is located on the coast of the gulf. Several islands are located in the gulf, the largest being Gonâve Island, followed by the much smaller Cayemites.

Visible inland on the main island, southeast of the eastern tip of Gonâve Island, are Étang Saumâtre and Lake Enriquillo. The former is a brackish pond that is the largest lake in Haiti and the second largest lake in Hispaniola, after Lake Enriquillo. It supports over 100 species of waterfowl, flamingos and American crocodiles, one of the few lakes of its type in the world to harbour such fauna. The colour of the lake is an intense shade of blue. 

Lake Enriquillo is a lake in the Dominican Republic and is the largest lake and lowest point in the Caribbean and the lowest point on any ocean island. It is located in a rift valley formed by the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden fault 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 (this small bay appears bright turquoise here). This fault was responsible for the catastrophic 2010 Haiti earthquake .

Gonâve Island and Gulf of Gonâve, Haiti

18.8N 73W

June 30th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Haiti - June 21st, 2011

This image focuses on the Gulf of Gonâve, along the west coast of Haiti. The large island in the middle of the gulf is Gonâve Island.

To the east of the gulf lie two other important bodies of water: Étang Saumâtre (west), in Haiti, and Lake Enriquillo (east), in the Dominican Republic.


Windward Passage Between Cuba and Hispaniola

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February 26th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Cuba and Haiti - February 11th, 2011

The Windward Passage is a strait in the Caribbean Sea, between the islands of Cuba (left, fully visible in the full image) and Hispaniola (right, comprising the countries of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, the latter visible in the full image).

More specifically, the 80km wide strait lies between the easternmost region of Cuba and the northwest of Haiti. Just east of the strait lies the Gulf of Gonâve, along the west coast of Haiti. The large island in the middle of the gulf is Gonâve Island.

Other important bodies of water visible include Étang Saumâtre (also known as Lake Azuei) and Lake Enriquillo, in the Hispaniolan rift valley, east of Port-au-Prince Bay. The former (left) is located in Haiti, while the latter (right) is in the Dominican Republic.

Caribbean Islands Around Haiti

18.8N 73W

March 17th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Haiti - February 23rd, 2010

Haiti - February 23rd, 2010

The focus of this image is the island of Hispaniola, which includes the countries of Haiti (western half) and the Dominican Republic (eastern half).

Several other Caribbean islands are also visible here, including the Turks and Caicos Islands (north of Haiti) and Great Inagua of the Bahamas (southwest of the Turks and Caicos). Upon opening the full image, Cuba can be seen to the left and the northern part Jamaica is visible along the bottom edge to the left.

Several visible islands belong to Haiti. Gonâve Island is situated in the Gulf of Gonâve by the west Haitian coast, between the Tiburón Peninsula (below) and the Nord-Ouest Department (above). Situated off the coast just north of the aforementioned department is Tortuga Island.