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Lake Chapala on the Mexican Plateau

20.2N 103.1W

June 4th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Mexico - June 1st, 2010

Mexico - June 1st, 2010

Lake Chapala is located in west-central Mexico. It lies on the Mexican Plateau at 6,000 feet (1,800 metres) above sea level in the states of Jalisco and Michoacán.

Chapala is Mexico’s largest lake, measuring approximately 48 miles (77 km) east-west by 10 miles (16 km) north-south and covering an area of 417 square miles (1,080 square km).

Despite its size, the lake is very shallow and is susceptible to infestations of water hyacinth. It is fed principally by the Lerma River from the east and is drained by the Río Grande de Santiago.

Lagoons and Aguamilpa Dam Reservoir, Mexico

March 20th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Mexico - March 19th, 2009

Mexico - March 19th, 2009

Various lagoons filled with dark brown and green water can be noted along the western coast of Mexico. The largest lagoon, just below the center, is the Agua Brava Lagoon.

Moving up the coast, the dark curvy line of a river connects the Agua Grande Lagoon to the Pacific Ocean. Continuing northwestward, the El Caimanero Lagoon can be seen near the edge of the image.

Further inland, east of the Agua Brava Lagoon, is a large reservoir whose waters appear green. This reservoir, which covers a large part of the territory of the municipality of El Nayar in Nayarit, was created by the Aguamilpa Dam on the Río Grande de Santiago, built in 1997.

The river descends from the reservoir to the coastal lowlands, passing by Santiago Ixcuintla and empties into the Pacific Ocean 16 km northwest of San Blas, in Nayarit. A small amount of sediments can be seen flowing forth from its mouth.