Laguna del Carbón

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Laguna del Carbón
Location Corpen Aike Department, Santa Cruz Province, Argentina
Coordinates 49°34′34″S 68°21′05″W / 49.5762°S 68.3514°W / -49.5762; -68.3514Coordinates: 49°34′34″S 68°21′05″W / 49.5762°S 68.3514°W / -49.5762; -68.3514
Lake type Endorheic salt lake
Primary outflows Terminal (evaporation)
Basin countries Argentina
Max. length 5 km (3.1 mi)
Max. width 2 km (1.2 mi)
Surface area 9 km2 (3.5 sq mi)
Surface elevation −105 m (−344 ft)

Laguna del Carbón (Spanish: Coal Lagoon) is a salt lake in Santa Cruz Province, Argentina. This salt lake is located 54 km from Puerto San Julián, within the Gran Bajo de San Julián (Great San Julián Depression), an endorheic basin situated between the San Julian Bay and the Chico River. At 105 metres (344 ft) below sea level, Laguna del Carbón is the lowest point of Argentina and both the Western and Southern Hemispheres, and the seventh lowest point on Earth.[1]

As in several other locations in Patagonia, dinosaur fossils have been found in the area.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ David K. Lynch. "Land Below Sea Level". Geology.com. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  2. ^ Griffin, Miguel; Pastorino, Guido (Mar 2005). "The Genus Trophon Monfort, 1810 (Gastropoda: Muricidae) In The Tertiary Of Patagonia". Journal of Paleontology 79 (2): 296–311. doi:10.1666/0022-3360(2005)079<0296:tgtmgm>2.0.co;2. Retrieved 2 September 2010. 

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