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Laguna del Diamante
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Natural Reserve Laguna del Diamante
The Andes Mountain Range, Mendoza / Argentina


General Information

Laguna del Diamante is a lake located in the province of Mendoza, Argentina, in the San Carlos Department, some 198 km from Mendoza. It covers a surface area of about 14.1 km² and is one of the largest freshwater resources in the Province. Nearby is Maipo volcano. The volcano and its reflection in the lake forms diamond-shape image, which gives the lake its name. It is known for its stunning beauty. However, few get the chance to see it because it is passable only in February and only via an off-road vehicle.

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Laguna del Diamante
Location Mendoza Province
Coordinates 4°09′S 69°41′W/34.15°S 69.683°W
/ -34.15; -69.683
Coordinates: 34°09′S 69°41′W / 34.15°S 69.683°W
 / -34.15; -69.683
Basin countries Argentina
Surface area 14.1 km²

Laguna del Diamante

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Laguna del Diamante is a lake located in the province of Mendoza, Argentina, in the San Carlos Department, some 198 km from Mendoza. It covers a surface area of about 14.1 km² and is one of the largest freshwater resources in the Province. Nearby is Maipo volcano. The volcano and its reflection in the lake forms diamond-shape image, which gives the lake its name. It is known for its stunning beauty. However, few get the chance to see it because it is passable only in February and only via an off-road vehicle.The lake was described by Antoine de Saint Exupéry in his book Wind, Sand and Stars as quoted, "...he [Guillaumet] caught sight of a dark horizontal blot which he recognized as a lake Laguna Diamante".

Maipo (volcano)

Maipo
Elevation 5,264 metres (17,270 ft)
Location
Location Argentina-Chile
Range Andes
Coordinates 34°09′39.6″S 69°49′58.8″W / 34.161°S 69.833°W / -34.161; -69.833
Coordinates:
34°09′39.6″S 69°49′58.8″W / 34.161°S 69.833°W
 / -34.161; -69.833
Geology
Type Stratovolcano
Last eruption 1908
Climbing
First ascent 1883 by Paul Güssfeldt
Easiest route snow/ice climb

Maipo is a stratovolcano in the Andes, lying on the border between Argentina and Chile. It is located 90 km (55 miles) south of Tupungato and about 100 km (60 miles) southeast of Santiago.

Maipo retains a symmetrical, conical volcanic shape, unlike many of the other nearby peaks, making it the best known peak in the region, though it is not the highest. (Nearby Castillo is 5,485 m high.) Maipo is also almost the southernmost 5,000 metre peak in the Andes. (That honor goes to Sosneado, about 50 km to the south).

Maipo is located within the Diamante Caldera, a feature of about 15 km by 20 km size that is about one-half million years old. It rises about 1,900 m (6,230 ft) above the floor of the caldera. Immediately to the east of the peak, on the eastern side of the caldera floor, is Laguna del Diamante, a picturesque lake that formed when lava flows blocked drainage channels from the caldera in 1826.

The region's climate is transitional between the drier Mediterranean climate of the peaks to the north and the cold, moist climate of Chilean Patagonia. Hence, while less glaciated than Patagonia, it has more permanent snow (on the wet, Chilean side) than peaks of similar elevation to the north.

 

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