Thursday, June 21, 2007

Really not elder law: the case of the disappearing lake

usually I resist the temptation to post interesting news stories that have nothing whatsoever to do with elder law or even the "world's oldest" something or other, but I couldn't help myself today: 

Scientists in Chile are investigating the sudden disappearance of a glacial lake in the south of the country.  When park rangers patrolled the area in the Magallanes region in March, the two-hectare (five-acre) lake was its normal size, officials say.  But last month they found a huge dry crater and several stranded chunks of ice that used to float on the water. One theory is that an earthquake opened up a fissure in the ground, allowing the lake's water to drain through. "In March we patrolled the area and everything was normal," Juan Jose Romero from Chile's National Forestry Corporation, Conaf, said. "We went again in May and to our surprise we found that the lake had completely disappeared. All that was left were chunks of ice and an enormous fissure."  Geologists and other experts are being sent to the area, which is some 2,000km (1,250 miles) south of the capital, Santiago, to investigate.

More in the BBC online edition,

If you are a regular reader and you find this annoying, well...I apologize.  But I can't promise it will never happen again.

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