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Blanca, Laguna

General Information

Description Laguna Blanca is part of the only national park in Argentina to be set up to protect a specific wildlife community: aquatic birds. It is a large, shallow freshwater lagoon.
Country Argentina
Latitude -52° 25' 0" (-52.4167)
Longitude -71° 12' 0" (-71.2000)


 Latin America & Mexico Biodiversity Conservation Priorities

Physical Characteristics

Description The area of the lake is known for heavy snowstorms with extreme temperatures. There is violent and frequent wind action that promotes erosion.
Surface Area 17.00 km2
Depth Mean depth: 8.0 m
Maximum depth: 10.0 m
Trophic State Eutrophic
Type Fresh


Economic Value
Major Cities

Watershed Management


Biodiversity Conservation

Description This lake is home to an endemic frog species, Atelognathus patagonicus and the mammal Lagidium viscacia.
Designations LakeNet Biodiversity Priority
Ramsar Site
Species of Concern



Biodiversity Conservation of the World's Lakes: A Preliminary Framework for Identifying Priorities
ILEC Database
Laguna Blanca Biosphere Reserve, UNESCO

Additional Data Sources

Birkett, C., and I. Mason. 1995. A new global lakes database for remote sensing programme studying climatically sensitive large lakes. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 21 (3) 307-318.
Duker, L. and L. Borre. 2001. Biodiversity conservation of the world's lakes: a preliminary framework for identifying priorities. LakeNet Report Series Number 2. Annapolis, Maryland USA.
International Lake Environment Committee, the United Nations Environment Program and Environment Agency, Government of Japan. 1997. World Lakes Database.
Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. The List of Wetlands of International Importance.

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