Mascardi Lake

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Mascardi Lake
Lago Mascardi.jpg
Location Bariloche Department, Río Negro Province, Argentina, in Patagonia
Coordinates 41°20′54″S 71°33′49″W / 41.34833°S 71.56361°W / -41.34833; -71.56361Coordinates: 41°20′54″S 71°33′49″W / 41.34833°S 71.56361°W / -41.34833; -71.56361
Primary outflows Manso River
Basin countries Argentina
Surface area 39.2 m2 (422 sq ft)
Max. depth 218 m (715 ft)
Surface elevation 187 m (614 ft)
Settlements Villa Mascardi

Mascardi Lake (Spanish: "Lago Mascardi", Spanish pronunciation: [ˈlaɣo masˈkarði]) is a lake in the lake region of northern Patagonia in Río Negro Province in Argentina. It is within the Nahuel Huapi National Park. The lake depression consists of several glacial valleys carved out along faults and Miocene valleys that were later dammed by moraines. The lake is named after Nicolás Mascardi, a 17th-century Jesuit who missioned in the area.

Lake Mascardi shore, close to Chilco stream

The organisms living in/around the lake are river otters , deer , foxes , cougars , and guanacos and the birds that fly around there are ducks , geese , swans , Austral parakeets , cormants and Andean condors.