Lake Chamo (Amharic: Chamo Hayk) is a lake in the Southern Nations,
Nationalities, and Peoples' Region of southern Ethiopia. Located in
the Main Ethiopian Rift, it is at an elevation of 1,110 meters. The
lake is just to the south of
Lake Abaya and the city of Arba Minch,
and east of the Guge Mountains.
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Lake Chamo northern end lies in the Nechisar National Park. According
to figures published by the Central Statistical Agency, it is 32
kilometers long and 13 wide, with a surface area of 317 square
kilometers and a maximum depth of 14 meters with a catchment of about
18757 square kilometers in size. Other sources locate it on an
elevation of 1,235 meters with a length of 26 km a widths of
22 km an area of 551 square kilometers a chatchment of 2220
square kilometers and a maximum depth of 10 meters.
The lake is fringed with beds of Typha, as well as wetlands. It is fed
Kulfo River and several small streams, as well as overflow from
Lake Abaya brought to it by the Ualo River. Oscar Neumann,
exploring the area in 1901, found a dry channel connecting
to the Sagan River, which led him to conclude the lake contributes to
the Sagan in years of heavy rainfall.
Wildlife include fish like the catfish Bagrus docmak and Nile perch,
as well as hippopotamus and Nile crocodiles.
On the lake
Rift Valley lakes
^ "Water Resources and Irrigation Development in
Ethiopia - IWMI"
Archived 18 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine., Table 3. Basic
hydrological data of lakes and reservoirs of Ethiopia. (accessed 2
^ Google Earth
^ "Climate, 2008 National Statistics (Abstract)" Archived 13 November
2010 at the Wayback Machine., Table A.2. Central Statistical Agency
website (accessed 26 December 2009)
^ a b Robert Mepham, R. H. Hughes, and J. S. Hughes, A directory of
African wetlands, (Cambridge: IUCN, UNEP and WCMC, 1992), p. 163
^ Oscar Neumann, "From the Somali Coast through Southern Ethiopian to
the Sudan", Geographical Journal, 20 (October 1902), pp. 373-398
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