Climate Change and Dropping Water Levels of Lake Turkana, Kenya – February 11th, 20133.6N 36.0E
Lake Turkana, in Kenya, has gone through a history of climactic changes that gave rise to some species and led to the extinction of others – a history that could now be repeated. Water levels in the lake have dropped considerably over the last thirty years, leaving just sand and gravel in areas that used to be fertile fishing grounds. And scientists believe that in just a few decades the lake will be reduced to a couple of puddles. Upriver dam projects could further hasten the retreat, a potential catastrophe for the entire region that depends on the lake for food and economic survival.