Thursday, June 21, 2007

How suddenly things can change

This will scare the crap out of any kid that has been told if they aren't good the boogeyman will come up out of the ground and pull them under! A whole lake has disappeared in Chile. . .here one month, gone the next! While we may marvel at the spendor of a gorgeous summer sunset, natural events such as this show us just how vulnerable we really are in this random world and universe.

Missing: Large lake in southern Chile

Wed Jun 20, 6:44 PM ET

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - A lake in southern Chile has mysteriously disappeared, prompting speculation the ground has simply opened up and swallowed it whole.

The lake was situated in the Magallanes region in Patagonia and was fed by water, mostly from melting glaciers.

It had a surface area of between 4 and 5 hectares (10-12 acres) -- about the size of 10 soccer pitches.

"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.

CONAF is investigating the disappearance.

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

Southern Chile has been shaken by thousands of minor earth tremors this year.


Tommy said...

What would be really funny would be to do a split screen, with one side showing some guy in Santiago, Chile whose toilet bowl is over flowing and the other showing the lake drain.

Stardust said...

tommy, that's funny. I was just telling my husband that the lake disappearing like that was like a toilet flushing. LOL!