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Changing Water Levels in Lake Poopó, Bolivia

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February 13th, 2013 Category: Lakes

Bolivia – January 25th, 2013

Lake Poopó sits high in the Bolivian Andes, catching runoff from its larger neighbor to the north, Lake Titicaca. The runoff arrives by way of the Desaguadero River, visible as the muddy area at the north end of the lake.

Due to the very high elevation at which Lake Poopó is located (roughly 3,400 meters, or 11,000 feet above sea level), its very shallow depth (generally less than 3 meters, or 9 feet), and the dryness of the regional climate, small changes in precipitation in the surrounding basin have large impacts on the lake’s water levels and area. Changing water levels in Lake Poopó affect its idealness as a stop for migratory birds, including flamingoes.

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