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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Similarly, environmentalists have already expressed concerns about the impact of the canal on Lake Nicaragua, the largest source of freshwater in the country.
More than a year since it was first announced, the project faces widespread scepticism, with questions still open about who will provide financing, how seriously it will affect Lake Nicaragua and how much land will be expropriated for it.
In 1523 the Spanish traveler Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba ventured down the San Juan River and sailed the calm waters of Lago Cocibolca, now known as Lake Nicaragua. After disembarking, the expedition's horses tasted the water and started to drink it.
The tarpon travel up either the Rio Colorado or San Juan River, all the way up to Lake Nicaragua, and back again, in constant movements.
The completed canal will stretch 173 miles from Punta Gorda on the Caribbean through Lake Nicaragua to the mouth of the Brito River on the Pacific--over three times the distance of the Panama Canal.
They occur in a geographical setting of two great lakes (Lake Nicaragua and Lake Managua, which are occasionally connected) and a chain of nearby isolated, young crater lakes (Fig.
So what would be the implications of a 286km waterway connecting the Caribbean with the Pacific via Lake Nicaragua.
Environmental objections would arise to using Lake Nicaragua, the region's largest freshwater lake, for part of the route.
Despite the skepticism of industry experts and criticism from environmentalists, Wang has maintained, according to this BBC News report, that his consortium would operate "fairly, impartially and openly." The project would rely on Lake Nicaragua, the largest freshwater lake in Central America to connect the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
The $40bn (Au25bn) plan has been criticized by environmentalists, who say cargo ships will create a permanent risk to Lake Nicaragua.
Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega has said recently that the canal will run through Lake Nicaragua, according to the Guardian.