Lagos Lagoon

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Lagos Lagoon
Lagos Lagoon in 2007
LocationLagos State, Nigeria
Coordinates6°30′06″N 3°31′21″E / 6.5015814°N 3.5224915°E / 6.5015814; 3.5224915Coordinates: 6°30′06″N 3°31′21″E / 6.5015814°N 3.5224915°E / 6.5015814; 3.5224915
Basin countriesNigeria
Max. length50 km (31 mi)
Max. width13 km (8.1 mi)
Surface area6,354.7 km2 (2,453.6 sq mi)
Surface elevation0 m (0 ft)
IslandsLagos Island, Victoria Island

Lagos Lagoon is a lagoon in Nigeria. It is named after the city of Lagos, Nigeria. The city is on the southwestern side of the lagoon.

Description[change | change source]

The lagoon is more than 50 kilometres (31 miles) long. It is 3 to 13 kilometres (1.9 to 8.1 miles) wide. It is separated from the Atlantic Ocean by a long sand spit 2 to 5 kilometres (1.2 to 3.1 miles) wide. The sand spit has swampy margins on the lagoon side. The lagoon's surface area is about 6,354.7 square kilometres (2,453.6 square miles).[1] It is fairly shallow. Ocean-going ships don't go through it. Smaller barges and boats do.

References[change | change source]

  1. Lagos Lagoon Coastal Profile: Information Database For Planning Theory, by Obafemi McArthur Okusipe, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Lagos - Accessed September 22, 2008