In less than 24 hours, Lake Cachet II in Chile’s southern Patagonia vanished

May 24, 2012CHILEIn less than 24 hours Lake Cachet II in Chile’s southern Patagonia vanished, leaving behind just some large puddles and chunks of ice in the vast lake bed. The lake’s water comes from ice melting from the Colonia Glacier, located in the Northern Patagonian ice field, some 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles) south of the capital, Santiago. The glacier normally acts as a dam containing the water, but rising temperatures have weakened its wall. Twice this year, on January 27 and March 31, water from the lake bore a tunnel between the rocks and the glacier wall. The result: Lake Cachet II’s 200 million cubic liters of water gushed out into the Baker river, tripling its volume in a matter of hours, and emptying the five square kilometer (two square miles) lake bed. Cachet II has drained 11 times since 2008 — and with global temperatures climbing, experts believe this will increase in frequency. “Climate models predict that as temperatures rise, this phenomenon, known as GLOFs (Glacial Lake Outburst Floods), will become more frequent,” said glaciologist Gino Casassa from the Center for Scientific Studies (CES). Casassa, a member of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, told AFP there have been 53 similar cases of lakes draining in Chile between 1896 and January 2010, with increased frequency in the later years. CES research assistant Daniela Carrion was camped out with a small research team taking measurements of the Colonia Glacier when the lake drained in March. “When we woke up, we saw a change in the valley,” Carrion told AFP. “The paths that we walked on had flooded, and the whole area was filled with large chunks of ice.” The lake dropped 31 meters (90 feet) when the water drained out, according to a report from the General Water Directorate, which monitors lake levels in Chile using satellite data. When the lake starts draining an alarm system is triggered, giving residents in the sparsely-populated area up to eight hours to move animals and flee to higher ground. –AFP
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12 Responses to In less than 24 hours, Lake Cachet II in Chile’s southern Patagonia vanished

  1. tellthetruth1 says:

    There are many Scriptures talking about the Lord setting boundaries for the seas. I’ve had this conversation with my Mum in times past. When we look on our own Norfolk coastline and see the sea encroaching on the land and washing the cliffs away; and copious other stories since, including this one, we see the hand of God’s protection completely taken away. Nothing could be more frightening than that.


    • Sarfaraz Ahmed Rehman says:

      In the Quran it says that where the two water meet, river and sea, God has set a natural barrier and neither encroaches on the other. This is based on a balance and It is upto man to maintain that balance. Once that balance is broken, there can only be catastrophe. Agree with you.


      • tellthetruth1 says:

        Sadly, my friend, it can never be man who does anything to this planet. Everything is in God’s hands and He is in control. Man thinks he can give all the answers but the Bible tells us in many places, (Job is a good book to read on this subject) that everything is in His hands. Hosea 4 tells us about His judgements and what causes it. Of course, there are other Scriptures, too. Thank you for your kind reply.


  2. Korsar says:

    And about Himalayans lakes? Are hundreds above Northern India. I never heard about it since 2005. Any news?


  3. TexasRedNeck says:

    Build a dam !


  4. Judy Sanford says:

    So it couldn’t have anything to do with the amount of Earthquakes in that area lately???


  5. Richard says:

    The magma makes sense. Climate appears to be cooling, not heating – and enough data to prove that. MSM still pushing “We’re all gonna fry to death,” theory. Climate changes – oh, so naturally.


  6. charlie silverman says:

    ime with the magma explanation too, the whole global warming thing has been debunked,


  7. Thomas Binker says:

    That’s like draining a puddle compared to what has happened in the US Pacific Northwest. After recent mini ice ages a whole inland sea drained down the Columbia river channel and flooded the whole region below. Good thing we are between ice ages now, (cross fingers).


  8. james randy simmons says:

    if it has been happening there since 1910,then that was when it was first recorded,and so i imagine it is only normal for around there,so i dont think there is any alarming news here, it was reported before 1910 on paper,but i bet it has always been this way. but still interesting news.


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