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Mar Chiquita

General Information

Description Mar Chiquita is one of the most important nesting areas for the Chilean flamingo. Mar Chiquita ranks among the world's largest salt lakes.
Country Argentina
Latitude -30° 45' 0" (-30.7500)
Longitude -62° 35' 0" (-62.5833)


 Latin America & Mexico Biodiversity Conservation Priorities

Physical Characteristics

Surface Area 2,700.00 km2
Type Saline


Economic Value
Major Cities

Watershed Management

Issues Mar Chiquita is seriously threatened by government projects that could divert stream flow for irrigation and urban water demands (2003).

Biodiversity Conservation

Description Scientists, conservationists and natural resource managers from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Peru have formed the Grupo de Conservacion de Flamencos Alto Andinos to work on going research projects and develop a conservation strategy.
Species of Concern



Crop Explorer - Lake Level Variations from TOPEX/POSEIDON and Jason-1 Altimetry for Mar Chiquita
ILEC Database
Living Lakes Partner Profile: Mar Chiquita

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.
International Lake Environment Committee, the United Nations Environment Program and Environment Agency, Government of Japan. 1997. World Lakes Database.

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