Lake Nicaragua

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Nicaragua, Lake,

3,089 sq mi (8,001 sq km), c.100 mi (160 km) long and up to 45 mi (72 km) wide, SW Nicaragua; the largest lake of Central America. It is drained into the Caribbean Sea by the San Juan River. Lake Nicaragua, along with Lake Managua (which drains into it from the northwest), occupies part of the Nicaragua Depression, an extensive lowland region stretching across the isthmus. Once part of the sea, the lake was formed when the land rose. There are several islands in the lake (the largest is Isla de Ometepe); and small volcanoes rise above its surface. The freshwater of Lake Nicaragua contains fish usually associated with saltwater, including tuna and sharks, which have adapted to the environmental change. The lake is a transportation route; GranadaGranada
, city (1995 pop. 74,396), W Nicaragua, on Lake Nicaragua. It is Nicaragua's third largest city and the center of commerce on Lake Nicaragua. Located in a rich agricultural region, Granada has been the stronghold of Nicaragua's landed aristocracy; manufactures include
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 is its chief port. Located only 110 ft (34 m) above sea level, the lake reaches a depth of 84 ft (26 m). It was to be an important link in the proposed Nicaragua CanalNicaragua Canal,
proposed waterway between the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans. One often considered route would be 172.8 mi (278 km) long and would generally follow the San Juan River, then go through Lake Nicaragua near the southern shore and across the narrow isthmus of Rivas
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Nicaragua, Lake


a lake in Nicaragua, and the largest lake in Central America. It has an area of 8,430 sq km and a maximum depth of 70 m. The lake is situated in a tectonic depression at an elevation of 32 m. It receives the Tipitapa River, which flows out of Lake Managua. The San Juan River connects Lake Nicaragua with the Caribbean Sea. The coastline is for the most part low-lying. Ometepe Island, with a volcano of the same name, lies in the western part of the lake. The lake is used for navigation, and a plan has been proposed to incorporate it into an interocean canal.

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The canal has a planned route through Lake Cocibolca, also known as Lake Nicaragua, the largest freshwater lake in Central America.
We thank the Nicaraguan organizations, UCA Miraflor, FORO Miraflor, and Fundacion Cocibolca for their support, as well as MARENA and Cooperatives Jose Benito Jimenez and Vicente Talavera for enabling this work.
HKND deputy construction manager Pang Kwok Wai stated, Water levels, fishing activity and biodiversity in Lake Cocibolca will not be affected.
This route will cross the country from east to the west with a length of 278 kilometers, including a stretch of 105 kilometers in the Cocibolca Lake.
Located along the western shores of Lake Cocibolca, the city is a popular tourist destination due to its abundance of well-preserved colonial-era architecture.
Bordered by the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea, Nicaragua is a beautiful land featuring live and dormant volcanoes, abundant freshwater ecosystems such as Cocibolca (Lake Nicaragua), the second-largest lake in Latin America, and high biodiversity supported by diverse ecosystems that include cloud forests, fire-maintained savannas, lowland rainforests and mangrove swamps (Belt 1985, Kritcher 1997, Weaver et al.
Much To Do--Back to Guahan, Hear It Loud, He Manav--GOONDA Dubwise Edit, BodaNathu, El tiburon del Lago Cocibolca, Dolare, Ahimsa Street Dub, and Bobby Friction Shoutout/ BBC Radio 1.
Fundacion Cocibolca is a non-governmental organization that manages the Volcan Mombacho Nature Reserve, located on the shore of Lake Nicaragua, southeast of Managua.
La Flor is currently being managed by Fundacion Cocibolca, a local NGO that is attempting to educate local communities.
Another big question mark is the effect the venture could have on the environment, particularly in Lago Cocibolca, Central America's largest lake, through which HKND plans to run a major section of the canal.
He said reconstruction of the La Calzada road consists in widening it until it reaches Lake Cocibolca (investment $740,000).