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Toliara, Madagascar

Lake Ihotry

Lake Ihotry is the second largest lake in Madagascar. It is a large basin that holds fluvial runoff before it subsides through the sand into the sea. Depending on the year the salty waters of the lake full of algae attract a few to thousands of flamingos.The waters of the lake and creek permit a variety of agricultural crops that grow with greater difficulty elsewhere. The residents of these villages are mostly Mikea, with historical roots in the Namonte Basin. They were forcibly relocated to these villages in the early 20th century as a result of French colonial policies. One hundred and six species are known from this site, of which 23 are endemic to Madagascar. During the dry season, muddy areas attract large numbers of waders, and the site is also a dry-season refuge for waterbirds that use the seasonal wetlands between Morombe and Toliara

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