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On Golden Pond....Dominican Republic | by Joalhi "Around the World"
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On Golden Pond....Dominican Republic

Lake Enriquillo is one of only a few saltwater lakes in the world inhabited by crocodiles. Lake Enriquillo is located in a rift valley formed by the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden fault that extends 79 miles (127 km) from Port-au-Prince Bay in Haiti in the west, to near Neiba Bay in the Dominican Republic in the east. This fault was responsible for the catastrophic 2010 Haiti earthquake. The lake is named after Enriquillo, a Taíno cacique who rebelled against the Spaniards in the early 16th century, and hid in the mountains North of the lake.

Lake Enriquillo covers an area of 102 square miles (265 km²) and is the lowest point in the Caribbean falling 129 feet (39 m) below sea level. During the late 2000s, the lake has increased its surface area dramatically.

Records for 2004 show the lake to be 164 square kilometers; measurements from 2011 put the area at 350 km². This rise in level has affected hundres of nearby residents in townships that bordered the lake, with abundant loss of agricultural land which, even if the waters recede, will probably be rendered useless due to the lake's salinity damaging the qualities of the once-arable soil.

 

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Taken on January 7, 2012