Lake Titicaca

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Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca on the Andes from Bolivia.jpg
View of the lake from the lake's Isla del Sol
Coordinates15°45′S 69°25′W / 15.750°S 69.417°W / -15.750; -69.417Coordinates: 15°45′S 69°25′W / 15.750°S 69.417°W / -15.750; -69.417
TypeMountain lake
Primary inflows27 rivers
Primary outflowsDesaguadero River
Evaporation
Catchment area58,000 km2 (22,400 sq mi)[1]
Basin countriesBolivia
Peru
Max. length190 km (118 mi)
Max. width80 km (50 mi)
Surface area8,372 km2 (3,232 sq mi)[1]
Average depth107 m (351 ft)[1]
Max. depth281 m (922 ft)[1]
Water volume893 km3 (214 cu mi)[1]
Residence time1343 years[1]
Shore length11,125 km (699 mi)[1]
Surface elevation3,812 m (12,507 ft)[1]
Frozennever[1]
Islands42+ (see article)
Sections/sub-basinsWiñaymarka
SettlementsCopacabana, Bolivia
Puno, Peru
References[1]
Designated26 August 1998
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Lake Titicaca is between Peru and Bolivia. It is the highest navigable lake in the world. It is the second largest in South America (after Maracaibo). It is at 3,809 metres (12,497 ft) above sea level and covers around 8,300 km2 (3,200 sq mi) around the city of Macchu Picchu.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 "Data Summary: Lago Titicaca (Lake Titicaca)". International Lake Environment Committee Foundation - ILEC. Archived from the original on 2011-07-23. Retrieved 2009-01-03.