Thursday, June 21, 2007

Chilean Lake Disappears!

A glacial lake in Chile has literally disappeared. When rangers observed the lake in March, it was its normal size. When they returned to observe the lake in May, it was completely gone. All that remained were a few large chunks of ice that used to float on the water.

The going theory is that an earthquake opened a fissure beneath the lake, into which it flowed. The region is a hot spot of such earthquake activity. One glacier specialist in the region told newspapers that this was simply more activity in the ever-changing landscape, noting that the lake itself was not even there until about 30 years ago.

- BBC

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