Chapala


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Chapala

(chäpä`lä), lake, c.50 mi (80 km) long and 8 mi (12.8 km) wide, W Mexico, in Jalisco and Michoacán states. It is the largest lake in Mexico. Set in a depression on the central plateau, Lake Chapala is fed by the Lerma River, which flows into it from the east, and is drained by the Río Grande de Santiago, which flows out by the northeastern corner. It is a popular scenic resort. Fishing is a local occupation. Since the early 1950s the waters have been receding at an alarming rate and the lake is rapidly becoming choked with water hyacinths; studies have been initiated to determine an effective conservation program.

Chapala

 

a lake in Mexico, in the southern part of the Meseta Central. Chapala is approximately 1,500 m above sea level. It has an area of 1,038 sq km, which makes it the largest lake in the country. The average depth of Chapala is about 7 m, and the maximum depth, 33 m. The lake has been drying up in recent decades. The Lerma River flows into Chapala, and the Rio Grande de Santiago flows out of it, emptying into the Pacific Ocean. There are lakeshore health resorts on Chapala, and the city of Ocotlán is on its northeast shore. Chapala supplies water to Guadalajara.

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Intervention is aimed at assuring a minimum level of water for the Chapala Lake; the regulation is formulated using a water bank.
Los agricultores temian una situacion grave de escasez debido a la ausencia de lluvias, que se acentuaria por la decision de efectuar trasvases de las presas al lago de Chapala.
El empresario Manuel Villagomez, presidente de la Fundacion Lerma Chapala Santiago y diputado local de representacion proporcional electo por el Partido Verde, dice que Cardenas "tiene en su contra no haber hecho nada para salvar el lago de Chapala como miembro que fue del Consejo de la Cuenca Lerma Chapala Santiago.
Among the Mexican communities that will be represented are Los Cabos, San Miguel de Allende, Chapala (near Guadalajara) and the state of Sinaloa, perhaps best known for the port and resort city of Mazatlan.
Modeling efforts of Lake Chapala fisheries have included time series analysis of fish density and biomass time series of atherinopsids and barred splitfin (Becerra-Munoz et al.
Last week's tropical cyclone Chapala had resulted in heavy rainfall in different parts of Dhofar and Al Wutsa.
The National Centre for the Early Warnings ruled out that the Chapala Cyclone will make a landfall on the southern coasts of Oman or has direct influence on Dhofar coasts.
The spokeswoman for the World Meteorological Organization in Geneva, said in a conference on Saturday that a very rare and potentially high-impact tropical cyclone called Chapala has formed in the Arabian sea and has intensified very rapidly, and will strengthen further to become a super cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours with maximum sustained wind speeds of 220-230 km/h, the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane.
During the next 12 hours, Chapala is likely to downgrade to category one.
Participating chefs include Mitchel Hescheles of CHOW gastro pub, Nicole Montgomery of RiverWalk Bakery, Jose Martin Pelayo of Chapala Mexican Restaurant, Billy Thur of The Zingaro and Ray Garrow of Sweetwaters on the River.