Lake Sibinacocha

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Lake Sibinacocha
LacSibinacocha Perou.jpg
Lake Sibinacocha with Chumpe in the background
Lake Sibinacocha is located in Peru
Lake Sibinacocha
Lake Sibinacocha
LocationCusco Region
Coordinates13°51′24″S 71°01′30″W / 13.85667°S 71.02500°W / -13.85667; -71.02500Coordinates: 13°51′24″S 71°01′30″W / 13.85667°S 71.02500°W / -13.85667; -71.02500
Basin countriesPeru
Max. length15.19 km (9.44 mi)
Max. width2.86 km (1.78 mi)
Surface elevation4,873 m (15,988 ft)
WebsiteThe Sibinacocha Watershed Project
Sibinacocha Dam
Lake Sibinacocha is located in Peru
Lake Sibinacocha
Location of Sibinacocha Dam in Peru
Opening date1996
Dam and spillways
Type of damEarthen dam
Height12 m (39 ft)
Length357 m (1,171 ft)
Total capacity110,000,000 m3 (89,000 acre⋅ft)
Power Station
Represa de Sibinacocha

Lake Sibinacocha[1][2] (possibly from Quechua siwina whistle, qucha lake, lagoon)[3] is a lake in Peru. It is ranked as the 22nd[4] highest lake in the world. It is located in the Cusco Region, Canchis Province, Pitumarca District.[2] The lake is situated at a height of approximately 4,873 metres (15,988 ft), about 15.19 km long and 2.86 km at its widest point, and drains into the Amazon River.[5] Sibinacocha lies in the Vilcanota Range, south of Chumpe and southwest of Condoriquiña.[1]

The lake contains Inca artefacts, some of which have been recovered from the lake.[5]

An earthen dam was erected at the lake in 1996.[6] It is 357 m (1,171 ft) long and 12 m (39 ft) high.[6] The reservoir has a volume of 50,000 m3 (41 acre⋅ft) and a capacity of 110,000,000 m3 (89,000 acre⋅ft).[6] It is operated by EGEMSA.[6]

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  1. ^ a b Peru 1:100 000, Ocongate (28-t). IGN (Instituto Geográfico Nacional - Perú).
  2. ^ a b - UGEL map of the Canchis Province (Cusco Region)
  3. ^ Teofilo Laime Ajacopa (2007). Diccionario Bilingüe Iskay simipi yuyayk’anch [Quechua-English dictionary] (PDF). La Paz, Bolivia.
  4. ^ Drews, Carl. "The Highest Lake in the World". Retrieved 2 September 2012.
  5. ^ a b Michelutti, Neal; Sowell, Preston; Tapia, Pedro M.; Grooms, Christopher; Polo, Martin; Gambetta, Alexandra; Ausejo, Carlos; Smol, John P. (16 December 2019). "A pre-Inca pot from underwater ruins discovered in an Andean lake provides a sedimentary record of marked hydrological change". Scientific Reports. 9 (1). doi:10.1038/s41598-019-55422-1.
  6. ^ a b c d Recursos Hídricos del Perú en Cifras (in Spanish). Autoridad Nacional del Agua / MINAG - Perú. 2010. p. 58.