Pergusa Lake

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Lake Pergusa
Lago di Pergusa
Lago di Pergusa.jpg
Location Province of Enna, Sicily
Coordinates 37°30′50″N 14°18′21″E / 37.51389°N 14.30583°E / 37.51389; 14.30583Coordinates: 37°30′50″N 14°18′21″E / 37.51389°N 14.30583°E / 37.51389; 14.30583
Basin countries Italy
Surface area 1.8 km²
Max. depth 12 m
Surface elevation 670 m

Lake Pergusa (Pergoussa, Πυργούσσα in Ancient Greek) is a lake in Sicily, set between a group of mountains in the Erean Mountains chain near Pergusa, 5 km from Enna, Italy. It is a vital stop in the migratory trajectory of a great number of birds. In addition to birds, which are by far the main inhabitants of the Pergusa nature reserve, there are also interesing species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates found here. At an elevation of 670 m, the lake's surface area is 1.83 km².

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The lake is encircled by the most important racing track of Southern Italy, the Autodromo di Pergusa, that hosts international competitions and events, such as Formula One, Formula 3000 and a Ferrari Festival with Michael Schumacher.

In the area of Lake Pergusa, an archeological site known as Cozzo Matrice can be found. This site essentially houses the ruins of an old fortified village, containing imposing walls constructed around the 9th millennium BC, a sacred citadel, an opulent necropolis and the remains of an ancient temple dedicated to Demeter, dating back more than 2,000 years.

An important forest and vegetation zone named Selva Pergusina (meaning "Pergusa Wood") surrounds part of the Lake Pergusa Valley, producing a striking panorama.

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