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Dust Over Northwestern Lake Chad

13.3N 14.1E

June 5th, 2011 Category: Climate Change, Lakes

Chad - May 23rd, 2011

Here, some dust can be seen in the air above the northwestern part of Lake Chad. Once one of the world’s largest water bodies, could disappear in 20 years due to climate change and population pressures.

The lake – surrounded by Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria – has shrunk by 90 per cent, going from 25,000 square kilometers in 1963 to less than 1,500 square kilometers in 2001.

The 30 million people living in the Lake Chad region are being forced into competing over water, and fish production has recorded a 60 per cent decline.

 

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