Where on Earth? - October 2011

Clues for October 2011:
1. At an altitude of just over 3,800 meters, this border-straddling, glacially fed body of water (seen in the background) is the highest commercially navigable lake in the world.
2. The lake’s name combines words from two local languages — Quechua and Aymara — and is variously translated as “Rock Puma” (based on the shape of its shoreline as seen from above) or “Crag of Lead.”
3. Although the lake was of spiritual significance to the powerful indigenous civilization that dominated the region through the mid-16th century, the town in the foreground hosts a prominent Catholic shrine to the patron saint of the country. You won’t find Lola dancing here, but Barry Manilow would still be proud.
Name the lake, town and country.
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Answer: Lake Titicaca straddles the borders of Peru and Bolivia, fed by glacial water from a network of rivers that carry runoff from the Andes  Mountains. This photo shows the view from Copacabana, Bolivia, a small town that hosts a prominent Catholic shrine: the Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana. At an elevation of 3,800 meters, Lake Titicaca is the highest commercially navigable lake in the world. Photo is by David Clark.
October winners
Bill Hamlin (Leander, Texas)
Carol La Russa (Davis, Calif.)
Matthew Pavelchik (Elk Grove, Calif.)
Anita Robinson (Vancouver, Wash.)
Nick Smith (Onalaska, Wis.)

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01 Oct 2011