Posted by: Lister | June 22, 2007

Large lake (not) in southern Chile

A particular lake, that is. A lake which has gone AWOL.

“In March we patrolled the area and everything was normal … we went again in May and to our surprise we found the lake had completely disappeared,” said Juan Jose Romero, regional director of Chile’s National Forestry Corporation CONAF.

“The only things left were chunks of ice on the dry lake-bed and an enormous fissure,” he told Reuters.

[…] One theory is that the area was hit by an earth tremor that opened a crack in the ground which acted like a drain.

I found some more details in The Independent.

A glacier specialist, Andres Rivera, told the Chilean newspaper La Tercera that the lake’s disappearance seemed to be part of the continual reforming of the landscape. The Magallanes area “has seen interesting changes in the past few decades,” he said, noting that the lake itself had not been there 30 years ago.

[Bernardo O’Higgins National Park], named after the man who helped lead Chile to independence from Spain, has only relatively recently been fully explored and the lake itself is thought to have appeared in the 1970s.

(Another blog chain letter. I got it from Unqualified offerings).

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