Rains revive Lake Poopó in Bolivia

Rains revive Lake Poopó in Bolivia

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By Violeta Vasquez

Lake Poopó, located in Bolivian territory, reappeared after an accelerated desertification process that practically made it disappear.

This happens thanks to the intensity of the rains in recent weeks, which have made possible the recovery of more than 700 km of water from what was the second largest lake in Bolivia.

To verify the rise of the waters of the second highest lake in the country, the Governor of Oruro, Víctor Hugo Vásquez, made an overflight in the first days of January 2017, and confirmed that the rise in the lake's water level is due to to the increase in the intensity of the rains.

"Today we want to tell you firmly that it is confirmed that there is no doubt that the main source of Lake Poopó is the rains," said Vásquez, according to local channel Abya Yala TV.

In the overflight they also showed that the recovery of the lake's water level is only 10% since, although there is a growth of 700 km of water, the depth only reaches a few centimeters.

Likewise, the shallow depth makes the water shine and becomes an immense mirror, said the newspaper El Deber.

The authority concluded that the lake's drying and filling cycle is closely related to river rainfall.

"The flow of the lake will depend on the intensity of the rains, which makes it clear that Lake Popoó has its cycle, it dries up and fills up, the periods depend on the river precipitation," said the Governor of Oruro.

On the other hand, as the waters of the lake increase again, the presence of animal life is being appreciated again; flamingos and other animals have returned to the Popoó.

What happened at Popoó Lake?

Regarding the causes of the evaporation of the lake, the European Space Agency (ESA) affirms that it has several causes, among them the use of water for mining and agriculture, the warming of the Pacific Ocean, and the effects of the El Niño phenomenon. and climate change.

In February 2016, the ESA Proba-V minisatellite monitored the gradual and accelerated evaporation of Lake Popoó. On the other hand, in images of April 27, 2014, July 20, 2015 and January 22, 2016, this phenomenon was visualized.

The surface of the lake reaches about 3000 square kilometers, and its depth on average reaches 3 meters. Its environment is arid mountainous very sensitive to climatic changes.

It is not the first time that this evaporation has occurred, in 1994 it happened. In terms of full recovery, it is likely to be slow.

The Epoch Times

Video: Lake Poopó in Bolivia is disappearing (May 2022).