Izabal


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Izabal

(ēsäbäl`), lake, c.30 mi (48 km) long and 15 mi (24 km) wide, E Guatemala, largest lake in the country. Known also as the Golfo Dulce, it drains to the Caribbean Sea through the Golfete Dulce, a small adjacent lake, and the Rio Dulce, a broad tropical river. In Spanish colonial times Lake Izabal was the scene of lively trading between the seacoast and the highlands, and the small town of Izabal on its south shore was a thriving port, constantly subjected to raids in the 17th cent. by English and Dutch buccaneers. Today shipping is negligible, although Lívingston, at the mouth of the Rio Dulce, is of some importance. Nearby are many pre-Columbian ruins, the most outstanding being at Quiriguá.
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Fragilaria crotonensis is a species restricted to the highlands and the Eastern lowlands in Guatemala, whereas Staurosirella pinnata was only collected in Lake Izabal, in the Eastern lowlands of Guatemala.
It's a small community located on the shores of Lake Izabal. "Adolfo was a teacher, he worked with the school and the students, everyone knew him.
Majestic volcanoes of cocaine, vast fields sown with poppy, ferocious ex-kaibiles [Guatemalan special forces trained in anti-guerrilla tactics] contracted by the Cartel of Peten and Izabal, [one of the major cartels in the north of Guatemala] rivers of amphetamines, beautiful lakes of heroin, absolute corruption and the country's fall into the hands not only those of narco-trafficking but also those of smugglers and organized crime, including the ex-military figures that direct it such as Otto-Perez Molina, Francisco Ortega Menaldo and General Callejas [former Guatemalan military figures all involved in the civil war atrocities].
The aircraft, belonging to Aeroruta Maya company, was flying from Guatemala City to El Estor, in northern Izabal department, when it crashed.
In a telephone interview from her hospital bed, Nancy Dryden, 67, said her husband Daniel, 66, was killed by four men who boarded their sailboat late on Saturday while it was anchored in Lake Izabal.
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