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Another Village Unvanishes
Thursday, February 25, 2010
(Underwater since the 80s, the Andean town of Potosi, Venezuela, has
after a severe drought has reduced water levels in a reservoir feeding a hydroelectric dam. Normally, the church spire is used as a depth gauge, but now it's calling attention to some of the most challenging global issues, specifically, climate change, water scarcity, environmental justice and alternative energy. Photo via
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The Village Unvanishes
3 COMMENTS —
February 28, 2010 at 10:03:00 PM CST
Its okay, scientists believe that in a few years the polar Ice caps will melt raising the depth of the ocean, thus flooding this area again. :)
March 4, 2010 at 1:15:00 PM CST
I'm not sure how to put this, but isn't this less of a concern than it sounds like? You could simply say that water levels are returning to their natural state, since that's the water level these buildings were constructed with. Wouldn't it be equally valid to be concerned about how HIGH the water levels were, if this whole town flooded in the 80's?
March 4, 2010 at 1:32:00 PM CST
Actually, no. Because a dam prevents natural drainage of the watershed, flood levels are expected. The low water levels mean precipitation on this watershed is unusually low, which is the concern here.
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