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Searching Traces of Lake Poopo

How does a lake disappear?

posted by 25/06/16

Photo source: AP The second largest lake in the South American country of Bolivia has completely dried up. Lake Poopo used to be about 1,000 square kilometres big but it’s been shrinking for several years and in December it completely evaporated. It’s bad news for wildlife, like fish and birds, who live in the area and depend on the lake for food. More than 100 families have had to leave their homes in the last three years. Photo source: AP The lake has dried up before, and reappeared later on,…read more

Bolivia’s second-largest lake is evaporating, say European scientists

posted by 25/06/16

Space agency satellite confirms Lake Poopó has shrunk in size in just under two years New images from the European Space Agency’s (ESA) minisatellite Proba-V, which studies changes on the Earth’s surface, has revealed that the second-largest lake in Bolivia is slowly evaporating. Lake Poopó, which is located on a mountain range in Bolivia’s Altiplano region, once covered 3,000 square kilometers and was bigger in area than the French island of Reunion. But a series of images taken by Proba-V – on April, 27, 2014; July 20, 2015; and January…read more

The Catastrophe of Lago Poopó

posted by 24/06/16

When Bolivia’s second largest lake dries up, what is left behind? A dead vicuña lies on the cracked, parched ground formerly known as Lago Poopó. As we approach it, the sunshine reflects off of its mummified muscles, making them appear like a hunk of scrap metal. I’m reminded of the wreckage of the old planes that litter the El Alto airport we passed this morning. A banana peel, shrivelled and blackened from the sunlight, lays a few metres from the corpse. It’s the only sign of human life for miles….read more

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