Laguna de Ayarza

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Laguna de Ayarza
Location Casillas, Santa Rosa
Coordinates 14°25′N 90°7′W / 14.417°N 90.117°W / 14.417; -90.117Coordinates: 14°25′N 90°7′W / 14.417°N 90.117°W / 14.417; -90.117
Lake type Crater lake
Primary inflows none
Primary outflows none
Basin countries Guatemala
Surface area 14 km2 (5.4 sq mi)
Max. depth 230 m (750 ft)
Surface elevation 1,409 m (4,623 ft)

Laguna de Ayarza (Spanish pronunciation: [laˈɣuna ðe aˈʝarsa]) is a crater lake in Guatemala. The lake is a caldera that was created some 20,000 years ago by a catastrophic eruption that destroyed a twinned volcano and blanketed the entire region with a layer of pumice.[1] The lake has a surface area of 14 km² and a maximum depth of 230 m.[2] The lake has a surface elevation of 1409 m.[3]


  1. ^ Poppe, L.; Paull, C; Newhall, C; Bradbury, J; Ziagos, J (June 1985). "A geophysical and geological study of Laguna de Ayarza, a Guatemalan caldera lake". Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 25 (1-2): 125–144. Bibcode:1985JVGR...25..125P. doi:10.1016/0377-0273(85)90008-3. 
  2. ^ "Wetland Inv - Guatemala" (xls). Ducks Unlimited. Retrieved 2008. 
  3. ^ Bohnenberger, Otto H. "Los focos eruptivos cuaternarios de Guatemala". INSIVUMEH. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 

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