Lake Balanan

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Lake Balanan
Lake Balanan.jpg
Lake Balanan is located in Philippines
Lake Balanan
Lake Balanan
Location within the Philippines
Location Negros Oriental
Coordinates 9°8′16″N 122°59′55″E / 9.13778°N 122.99861°E / 9.13778; 122.99861Coordinates: 9°8′16″N 122°59′55″E / 9.13778°N 122.99861°E / 9.13778; 122.99861
Primary inflows
  • Lamarao Creek
  • Balanan Creek
  • Nasig-id Creek
Primary outflows Balanan River
Basin countries Philippines
Surface area 25 ha (0.25 km2)
Shore length1 3.5 km (2.17 mi)
Surface elevation 237 m (777.56 ft)[1]
Settlements Siaton
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Lake Balanan is a lake situated in Siaton, Negros Oriental in the Philippines.[2] It is a freshwater lake in the forested mountains of the southern portion of the island of Negros, with a shape resembling a figure of eight, the narrowest point between the two main portions of the lake being only 90 metres (300 ft) wide. The lake is surrounded by mountain ranges, and is fed by three tributaries, all located in the northern end. These are the Lamarao Creek at the northeastern corner with two waterfalls, the Balanan Creek at the middle of the northern end with another waterfall, and the Nasig-id Creek at the northwestern end.

The lake has a humid tropical climate with two pronounced seasons, a dry season from November to April and a wet season for the rest of the year.

The lake was formed by a tectonic earthquake with the magnitude of a 6.8 on the Richter scale that hit the southern portion of the island of Negros, and caused landslides in the southern ends of both the Balanan and Nasig-id ranges in Siaton. The fallen rocks and soil dammed the Balanan River that flowed between these mountain ranges forming a 25-hectare (62-acre) "humerus" bone-formed lake oriented along the Northwest-Southeast line.[2][3]

The lake and surrounding forests are currently being managed as a Watershed Area by the Bureau of Forest Development. A proposal has been made to designate the area as a Game Refuge and Wildlife Sanctuary to protect the large population of bats and other wildlife. This proposal was endorsed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 7, in January 1987.

History[edit]

At 5 pm on May 5, 1925, the town of Siaton was hit by an earthquake that registered 6.8 on the Richter Scale. The quake triggered a landslide that created a natural dam. The dam, called Sampong (meaning "to close"), blocked the flow of Balanan River, turning it into a lake.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Lakes - Philippines". Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  2. ^ a b "Lake Balanan needs funds". Daily Star Negros. 2006-04-17. Archived from the original on December 13, 2007. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  3. ^ Official website of Siaton, Negros Oriental Archived 2007-10-24 at Archive.is
  4. ^ "Balanan Nature Resort". Balanan Nature Resort. 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 

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