Tiger Island

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El Tigre Island
Isla del Tigre vista desde Coyolito.jpg
El Tigre, seen from Coyolito
Highest point
Elevation 783 m (2,569 ft)
Prominence 783 m (2,569 ft)
Coordinates 13°16′19″N87°38′28″W / 13.272°N 87.641°W / 13.272; -87.641
Geography
Location Honduras
Parent range Central America Volcanic Arc
Geology
Age of rock Holocene
Mountain type Stratovolcano
Last eruption Unknown
Isla del Tigre Lighthouse
Isla del Tigre vista desde Coyolito.jpg
The lighthouse is on the top of volcano
Relief map of Honduras.jpg
Lighthouse icon centered.svg
Honduras
LocationIsla del Tigre
Valle Department
Honduras
Coordinates 13°16′26.7″N87°38′16.8″W / 13.274083°N 87.638000°W / 13.274083; -87.638000
Foundationconcrete base
Constructionmetal skeletal tower
Tower shapesquare pyramidal skeletal tower
Markings / patternwhite and red horizontal band
Tower height20 metres (66 ft)
Focal height800 metres (2,600 ft)
Light sourcesolar power
Characteristic Iso R 2s.
Admiralty numberG3363
NGA number15393 [1] [2]

El Tigre is an island located in the Gulf of Fonseca, a body of water on the Pacific coast of Central America. The island is a conical basaltic stratovolcano and the southernmost volcano in Honduras. It belongs to Valle department. Together with Isla Zacate Grande, Isla Comandante and a few tiny satellite islets and rocks, it forms the municipality of Amapala, with an area of 75.2 km2 (29.0 sq mi) and a population of 9,687 as of the census of 2001 (of which 4 were living on Isla Comandante).

Island Any piece of sub-continental land that is surrounded by water

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Gulf of Fonseca bay

The Gulf of Fonseca, part of the Pacific Ocean, is a gulf on Central America, bordering El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

Central America central geographic region of the Americas

Central America is located on the southern tip of North America, or is sometimes defined as a subcontinent of the Americas, bordered by Mexico to the north, Colombia to the southeast, the Caribbean Sea to the east, and the Pacific Ocean to the west and south. Central America consists of seven countries: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. The combined population of Central America has been estimated to be 41,739,000 and 42,688,190.

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Three countries, Honduras, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, have a coastline along the Gulf of Fonseca, and all three have been involved in a lengthy dispute over the rights to the gulf and the islands located therewithin. In 1992, a chamber of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) decided the Land, Island and Maritime Frontier Dispute, of which the gulf dispute was a part. The ICJ determined that El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua were to share control of the Gulf of Fonseca. El Salvador was awarded the islands of Meanguera and Meanguerita, and Honduras was awarded the island of El Tigre.

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References

  1. Honduras The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 22 January 2017
  2. List of Lights, Pub. 110: Greenland, The East Coasts of North and South America (Excluding Continental U.S.A. Except the East Coast of Florida) and the West Indies (PDF). List of Lights . United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. 2016.