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Ometepe is an island formed by two volcanoes rising out of Lake Nicaragua, located in the Rivas Department of the Republic of Nicaragua. Its name derives from the Nahuatl words ome (two) and tepetl (mountain), meaning "two mountains". It is the largest island in Lake Nicaragua.
|Location||Lake Nicaragua (Lake Cocibolca)|
|Area||276 km2 (107 sq mi)|
|Length||31 km (19.3 mi)|
|Width||10 km (6 mi)|
|Highest elevation||1,610 m (5280 ft)|
|Largest settlement||Altagracia (pop. 4,081)|
|Population||29,684 (June 2005)|
|Pop. density||107.6/km2 (278.7/sq mi)|
The two volcanoes (known as Volcán Concepción and Volcán Maderas) are joined by a low isthmus to form one island in the shape of an hourglass, dumbbell or peanut. Ometepe has an area of 276 square kilometres (107 sq mi). It is 31 kilometres (19 mi) long and 5 to 10 kilometres (3.1 to 6.2 mi) wide. The island has an economy based on livestock, agriculture, and tourism. Plantains are the major crop.