Lago de Güija
With San Diego volcano
|Location||Jutiapa, Santa Ana|
|Primary inflows||Ostúa River|
|Basin countries||Guatemala, El Salvador|
|Surface area||45 km²|
|Surface elevation||430 m|
|Official name||Complejo Güija|
|Designated||December 16, 2010 |
The lake is of volcanic origin and was formed by a large basaltic lava flow from the San Diego volcano which blocked the Güija depression's original drainage. Lake Güija is fed by the Ostúa, Angue and Cusmapa rivers and is drained on its southeastern side by the río Desagüe, a tributary of the río Lempa. The lake is surrounded by the volcanic cones of the Mita, San Diego and Cerro Quemado. The Salvadoran side of the lake has several small isles: Teotipa, Cerro de Tule and Iguatepec, where a substantial number of pre-Columbian céramics[clarification needed] have been discovered since excavations started in 1924. Bosque San Diego La Barra lies on the eastern side of the lake.
World Heritage Status
- "Ramsar List". Ramsar.org. Retrieved 14 April 2013.
- "Lago de Güija". CTPT. Retrieved 2008.
- Herrera, Néstor (2005). "Evaluación Ambiental del complejo Lago de Güija - Informe final" (PDF). MARN. Retrieved 2008.
- "San Diego Volcano". CTPT. Retrieved 2008.
- Lake Guija - UNESCO World Heritage Centre
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