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Laguna de Ayarza (Spanish pronunciation: [laˈɣuna ðe aˈʝaɾsa]) is a crater lake in Guatemala. The lake is a caldera that was created some 20,000 years ago by a catastrophic eruption that destroyed a twinned volcano and blanketed the entire region with a layer of pumice.[1] The lake has a surface area of 14 km² and a maximum depth of 230 m.[2] The lake has a surface elevation of 1409 m.[3]

Laguna de Ayarza
Lago de Ayarza,Ayarza,Santa Rosa, Guatemala. - panoramio.jpg
Laguna de Ayarza, Guatemala
LocationCasillas, Santa Rosa
Coordinates14°25′N 90°7′W / 14.417°N 90.117°W / 14.417; -90.117Coordinates: 14°25′N 90°7′W / 14.417°N 90.117°W / 14.417; -90.117
Lake typeCrater lake
Primary inflowsnone
Primary outflowsnone
Basin countriesGuatemala
Surface area14 km2 (5.4 sq mi)
Max. depth230 m (750 ft)
Surface elevation1,409 m (4,623 ft)


  1. ^ Poppe, L.; Paull, C; Newhall, C; Bradbury, J; Ziagos, J (June 1985). "A geophysical and geological study of Laguna de Ayarza, a Guatemalan caldera lake". Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. 25 (1–2): 125–144. Bibcode:1985JVGR...25..125P. doi:10.1016/0377-0273(85)90008-3.
  2. ^ "Wetland Inv - Guatemala" (xls). Ducks Unlimited. Retrieved 18 July 2008.
  3. ^ Bohnenberger, Otto H. "Los focos eruptivos cuaternarios de Guatemala". INSIVUMEH. Retrieved 2010-05-05.

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