Paranoá Lake

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Lake Paranoa
Brasilia ParanoaLake sun.jpg
Location Brasília
Coordinates 15°46′50″S 47°49′21″W / 15.78056°S 47.82250°W / -15.78056; -47.82250Coordinates: 15°46′50″S 47°49′21″W / 15.78056°S 47.82250°W / -15.78056; -47.82250
Type artificial lake
Primary inflows Ribeirão do Torto, Ribeirão do Gama, Ribeirão Riacho Fundo, Ribeirão Bananal
Basin countries Brazil
Surface area 48 km2 (19 sq mi)
Average depth 12 m (39 ft)
Max. depth 38 m (125 ft)
Shore length1 80 km (50 mi)
Islands Ilha do Paranoá
Ilha do Retiro
Ilha dos Clubes
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Lake Paranoá (Portuguese: Lago Paranoá, pronounced [ˈlagu pɐɾɐnuˈa], [ˈlagu paɾɐnoˈa]) is an artificial lake located in Brasília, the capital of Brazil. During construction of the city, the Paranoá River was dammed to form the lake, which has a circumference of 80 km (50 mi). On its shores are embassies and consulates, sports clubs, restaurants, the residential areas of Lago Sul and Lago Norte, the University of Brasília, the Olympic Center, and the Palácio da Alvorada, the official residence of the President of Brazil.

Etymology[edit]

The lake is named for the Paranoá River; its name is derived from Tupi paranã, "sea" and kûá, "bay, cove", giving "sea cove".[1]

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