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Lake Lanao

Lake Lanao is the largest lake in Mindanao and the second largest in the Philippines. It is also one of the 17 ancient lakes in the world, dating back to more than two million years ago. The lake is home to various endemic species of fish, plants, and birds. It is also a sacred site for the Maranao people, who believe that it is the resting place of their ancestors. Here are some facts about Lake Lanao that you might find interesting:

• Lake Lanao has a surface area of 340 square kilometers, a maximum depth of 112 meters, and a water volume of 18 cubic kilometers. The lake is fed by four major rivers: the Agus, the Taraka, the Masiu, and the Buadiaya. The lake drains into the Agus River, which flows into Iligan Bay.

• Lake Lanao has a rich biodiversity, with more than 200 species of fish, 18 of which are endemic to the lake. Some of the notable fish species are the musa (a type of carp), the kandar (a type of catfish), and the maranao (a type of goby). The lake also has various species of plants, such as water lilies, lotuses, and hydrangeas. The lake also attracts various species of birds, such as herons, egrets, kingfishers, and eagles.

• Lake Lanao is a cultural and religious treasure for the Maranao people, who are one of the largest Muslim groups in the Philippines. The Maranao people have a legend that says that their ancestors came from the lake, and that they will return to the lake after death. The Maranao people also have a tradition of building torogans, which are wooden houses with intricate carvings and designs. The torogans are usually located near the lake, and they serve as symbols of status and wealth.

• Lake Lanao is also a source of hydroelectric power for most of Mindanao. The Agus River that flows out of the lake has six power plants that generate a total of 727 megawatts of electricity. The power plants are located in Iligan City and Marawi City, and they supply electricity to more than 12 million people in Mindanao.


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Lake Lanao, Lanao del Sur

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