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Lake Oku is a crater lake on the Bamenda Plateau in the Northwest Region of Cameroon. It is located at 2,227 metres (7,306 ft) on Mount Oku, and is completely surrounded by cloud forest.[1]

Lake Oku
Lake Oku Cameroon.jpg
Coordinates6°11′34″N 10°27′14″E / 6.19278°N 10.45389°E / 6.19278; 10.45389Coordinates: 6°11′34″N 10°27′14″E / 6.19278°N 10.45389°E / 6.19278; 10.45389
TypeCrater lake
Basin countriesCameroon
Surface area243 hectares (600 acres)[1]
Average depth32 metres (105 ft)[1]
Max. depth52 metres (171 ft)[1]
Surface elevation2,227 metres (7,306 ft)[1]

The lake lies in an explosion crater formed in the last phase of development of the Oku Massif, a large volcanic field with a diameter of about 100 kilometres (62 mi). Mount Oku is a stratovolcano that rises to 3,011 metres (9,879 ft).[2] The lake is the subject of many myths among the local people.[3]

The lake is the only known habitat of the Lake Oku Clawed Frog.[4] The surrounding Kilum-Ijim Forest is a nature reserve, set up by BirdLife International, and home to many rare species.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Doherty-Bone, Thomas, ed. (2014). "A Working Conservation Action Plan for Lake Oku". doi:10.13140/2.1.4988.5760. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  2. ^ Alan Robert Woolley (2001). "OKU". Alkaline rocks and carbonatites of the world, Part 3. Geological Society. p. 35. ISBN 1-86239-083-5.
  3. ^ Pierre Fandio, Mongi Madini (2007). Figures de l'histoire et imaginaire au Cameroun. Editions L'Harmattan. p. 36. ISBN 2-296-03838-7.
  4. ^ "Lake Oku Clawed Frog (Xenopus longipes". EDGE. Retrieved 2011-02-06.
  5. ^ "Lake Oku (Boyo Division, NW Region)". Cameroon Tourist. Retrieved 2011-02-06.