Laguna de Leche

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Laguna de Leche
Cuba Laguna de la Leche.jpg
Touristic venue at Laguna de Leche
Location Cuba
Coordinates 22°12′33″N 78°37′17″W / 22.20917°N 78.62139°W / 22.20917; -78.62139 (Laguna de Leche)Coordinates: 22°12′33″N 78°37′17″W / 22.20917°N 78.62139°W / 22.20917; -78.62139 (Laguna de Leche)
Primary outflows Bay of Buena Vista
Basin countries Cuba
Max. length 14 km (8.7 mi)
Max. width 7.7 km (4.8 mi)
Surface area 67.2 km2 (25.9 sq mi)
Surface elevation 1 m (3.3 ft)
Settlements Morón

Laguna de Leche (Spanish for "Milk Lagoon", also called Laguna Grande de Morón) is the largest natural fresh water lake in Cuba. It is located in the wetland of northern Ciego de Ávila Province, 5 km (3.1 mi) north of Morón, and has a total surface of 67.2 square kilometres (25.9 sq mi). (The man-made Zaza Reservoir, at 113.5 km2 (43.8 sq mi), is the largest in-land water surface by area in the country.)

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Laguna de Leche is located in Cuba
Laguna de Leche
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Location in Cuba

The white color is caused by the lake's limestone bed. Natural movements of the sea level cause disturbances in the water table, which releases lime particles from the lake bed into the water.[1]

A channel built in 1940 (Chicola Channel) connected the lake to the Bay of Buena Vista, allowing for the sugar processed in Morón to reach the small port of Chicola.[2] In the process, the lake was contaminated with sea water, and it lost its characteristic white color. The channel was closed in 1988, and the milky color gradually recovered.

The Caribbean Flamingo finds a natural habitat in the lake and its islands

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leche Lagoon". Enyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 2007-10-12. 
  2. ^ Radio Morón. "The treasure of Laguna de la Leche". Retrieved 2007-10-12. [dead link] (Spanish)