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Bolivian Lake Evaporation Leads to Concerns About Global Warming

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Over the years, scientists have paid particular attention to major changes in the Earth’s landscape, expressing concerns that climate change may be responsible. One of the most recent changes involves a lake in Bolivia, which has completely evaporated. Lake Poopó was once the second largest lake in the country, nurturing and providing livelihood to hundreds of people.

While Lake Poopó has evaporated before and rebounded, experts believe the most recent evaporation is permanent. The population of one of the lakeside villages in the area has dwindled to only the elderly as hundreds of families have sold their livestock and moved out of the area.

The lake is now at only two percent of its once maximum depth of 16 feet. According to scientists, 75 species of birds have left the area now that the water is gone. El Nino has been behind many of the droughts the area has experienced over multiple centuries, but over the past 30 years, the area has suffered unprecedented temperature levels, with average temperatures rising 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit.

Biologists say the gradual warming and drying of the climate in the area has threatened the entire region. Just a few years ago, biologists predicted that the climate in the area could eventually lead to catastrophic drought in Bolivia’s capital, LaPaz.

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Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and novelist whose work has appeared on NYPost.com, PSMag.com, the Intuit Small Business Blog, and many others. She is the Simon & Schuster author of 8 children's books, including the Piper Morgan chapter book series, 25 Roses, and 30 Days of No Gossip.

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