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Lagoa do Fogo photograph by Alex Nikiforenko Portugal

Lagoa do Fogo
a beautiful photograph by

Alex Nikiforenko

Country : Portugal
Area : Lagoa do Fogo

Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, f/10, 1/80 s, ISO 400.

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Lagoa do Fogo

Lagoa do Fogo (Lake/Lagoon of Fire) is a crater lake within the Água de Pau Massif stratovolcano in the center of the island of São Miguel in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores. The highest lake located on the island of São Miguel, the region is protected by governmental regulation that does not permit the construction around the lake.

Since 1974, the Lagoa do Fogo had been under the administration of national legislation as a protected area, forming the Reserva da Lagoa do Fogo (Natural Reserve of Lagoa do Fogo) an area that includes approximately 2,182 hectares (21,820,000 m2), founded by Decree-law 152/74 (15 April 1974). It was also covered under a supplementary Decree-Law 9/79.[1]

The Reserva Natural da Lagoa do Fogo was created in 1982, under terms of Regional Decree 10/82/A on 18 June 1982.[2][3][4] Part of the area was included in the Natura 2000 network, and classified as the Site of Communitarian Importance of Lagoa do Fogo.[4]