Lakes and rivers

Slims River disappears in 4 days as glacier retreats

A retreat of the massive Kaskawulsh Glacier in northern Canada has caused the Slims River to change its course and join the Kaskawulsh River on its way toward to the Gulf of Alaska. It is the first known case of what is known as ‘river piracy’ in modern times. Over the past century, Kaskawulsh Glacier has retreated about 1.6 km (1 ...

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Lake Baikal on the verge of unprecedented environmental catastrophe

Lake Baikal, the 25 million-year-old lake, and UNESCO’s heritage site, is on the verge of environmental catastrophe, Russia’s environmentalists warn. The proposed Mongolian hydro project could potentially disrupt the inflows and cause a tsunami of water in case of any seismic activity, frequent in that region.  According to local media reports, three hydro power stations planned on the Selenga River ...

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Lake Mead reaches record low for the second year in a row, US

The surface level of Lake Mead at the Hoover Dam stood at 327.36 m (1 074.03 feet) above sea level on May 25, 2016. The last time it was this low was in 1937, when water managers were still filling the reservoir and putting finishing touches on the Hoover Dam. The lake is now 37% full and it last approached full ...

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Rapid decline in glacier coverage of the Cordillera Blanca contaminating surrounding waters, Peru

70% of the world’s tropical glaciers are based in the Peruvian Andes and are responsible for providing local communities with drinking water and the water supplies for agriculture, energy production and tourism. According to new research, glacier coverage of the Cordillera Blanca, a mountain range in the Ancash region of Peru and a part of the larger Andes range, decreased ...

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Lake Poopo on the verge of drying out, Bolivia

Lake Poopo, the second largest lake in Bolivia, after Titicaca has almost dried up. The event prompted Victor Hugo Vasquez, the Governor of Oruro province to declare a state of natural disaster on December 19, 2015. The lake which used to extend over more than 4 610 square kilometers (1 780 square miles) is currently suffering from consequences of desertification ...

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