Lake Poopó: Why Bolivia’s Second Largest Lake Disappeared – and How to Bring it Back

Lake Poopó, is found at nearly 3,700 meters above sea level in the “Altiplano”, a large plateau in the centre of the Andes mountains. It is an endorheic basin: nothing flows out, and water is lost only through evaporation.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A huge lake in Bolivia has almost entirely disappeared. Lake Poopó used to be the country’s second largest, after Lake Titicaca, and just a few decades ago in its wet season peak it would stretch almost 70km end to end and cover an area of 3,000 sq km – the size of a small country like Luxembourg. Today, the lake is largely a flat expanse of salty mud.

What happened? We’ve looked into this in various scientific studies over the past few years, and the answer is a mix of both climate factors and . . .

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