Drought-hit lakes in Chile come back to life after downpours

by | Jun 27, 2024 | Science

By Rodrigo GutierrezSANTIAGO (Reuters) – Recent torrential rains in Chile have brought back to life – for now at least – reservoirs and lagoons that had all but dried up after years of drought, with dramatic images of cracked lake beds replaced by mirror-like still waters.A severe years-long drought had decimated water supplies and hit local industries from mining to agriculture and bees in the Andean nation, while exacerbating tensions over water use.The Aculeo Lagoon became a symbol of the crisis, as dead cattle and fish carcasses lay on its cracked and dry surface where there had once been a huge body of water. That’s now dramatically refilled.”The water is alive,” Gloria Contreras, manager of a campsite in the area, told Reuters. “With the drought of the lagoon, many jobs were lost. But now that’s changed, everything is reactivated – businesses, even the smallest vendors.”The recent rains that have refilled the lakes and seen snow dumped on bare mountainsides in the Andes, damaged hundreds of homes and left one person dead.But the water has meant that other lagoons like Lake Peñuelas, an important water source for tourist coastal town Valparaíso that had dried up to a “puddle,” has recovered substantially.”It’s been more than 20 years since we saw the lake like t …

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[mwai_chat context=”Let’s have a discussion about this article:nnBy Rodrigo GutierrezSANTIAGO (Reuters) – Recent torrential rains in Chile have brought back to life – for now at least – reservoirs and lagoons that had all but dried up after years of drought, with dramatic images of cracked lake beds replaced by mirror-like still waters.A severe years-long drought had decimated water supplies and hit local industries from mining to agriculture and bees in the Andean nation, while exacerbating tensions over water use.The Aculeo Lagoon became a symbol of the crisis, as dead cattle and fish carcasses lay on its cracked and dry surface where there had once been a huge body of water. That’s now dramatically refilled.”The water is alive,” Gloria Contreras, manager of a campsite in the area, told Reuters. “With the drought of the lagoon, many jobs were lost. But now that’s changed, everything is reactivated – businesses, even the smallest vendors.”The recent rains that have refilled the lakes and seen snow dumped on bare mountainsides in the Andes, damaged hundreds of homes and left one person dead.But the water has meant that other lagoons like Lake Peñuelas, an important water source for tourist coastal town Valparaíso that had dried up to a “puddle,” has recovered substantially.”It’s been more than 20 years since we saw the lake like t …nnDiscussion:nn” ai_name=”RocketNews AI: ” start_sentence=”Can I tell you more about this article?” text_input_placeholder=”Type ‘Yes'”]
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