Lake Maracaibo

large lake in Venezuela with an outflow to the Caribbean Sea
Lake Maracaibo
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Lake Maracaibo, seen from space. The green swirls in the lake are patches of duckweed, which is infesting the lake. North is at the top of the image.
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Coordinates09°48′57″N 71°33′24″W / 9.81583°N 71.55667°W / 9.81583; -71.55667Coordinates: 09°48′57″N 71°33′24″W / 9.81583°N 71.55667°W / 9.81583; -71.55667
TypeCoastal saltwater, bay
Primary inflowsCatatumbo River
Primary outflowsGulf of Venezuela
Basin countriesVenezuela
Max. length99 miles (159 km)
Max. width67 miles (108 km)
Surface area13,210 km2 (5,100 sq mi)
Max. depth60 m (200 ft)
Water volume280 km3 (230,000,000 acre⋅ft)
Surface elevation0 m (0 ft)
SettlementsMaracaibo, Cabimas, Ciudad Ojeda
Catacumbo lightning occurs where Catacumbo River empties into Lake Maracaibo