Thursday, June 21, 2007


Now you see a lake.....
Water, water, nowhere
Associated Press

June 21, 2007 at 10:52 AM EDT

SANTIAGO — A 20,000-square-metre glacial lake in Chile's southern Andes has disappeared – and scientists want to know why.

Park rangers at Bernardo O'Higgins National Park said they found a 30-metre-deep crater in late May where the lake had been in March. Several large pieces of ice that used to float atop the water also were spotted.

“The lake had simply disappeared,” Juan Jose Romero, head of Chile's National Forest Service in the southernmost region of Magallanes, said. “No one knows what happened.”

A group of geologists and other experts will be sent to the area 2,000 kilometres southeast of Santiago in the next few days to investigate, Romero said.


Now you don't....

Any ideas as to what happened?

6 Comments:

At 1:55 PM, Blogger Paddy said...

Poof!

 
At 2:12 PM, Blogger gimmeabreak said...

Rush Limbaugh drank it?

 
At 5:20 PM, Blogger Mary Ellen said...

Damned Space Aliens!

 
At 6:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fissures in the rocks answers half the question. I wager the lake water warmed in recent times to the point where the permafrost in-filling the fissures eroded. The downward force of the water then rapidly exploited the fissures when the "grout" of the permafrost melted.

This is a planetary warming story, all the way.

 
At 1:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank God. maybe now their wells won't run dry...

 
At 10:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nah, probably just a geological shift allowing the water to run into permeable rocks. I'd like to know if water is still flowing into the crater, though.

 

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