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Lake Disappears into Andes

CowboyNeal posted more than 7 years ago | from the here-today-gone-tomorrow dept.

News 307

steveb3210 writes "It seems that what was once a 5-acre glacial lake in the Andes has mysteriously disappeared. 'In March we patrolled the area and everything was normal,' Juan Jose Romero from Chile's National Forestry Corporation, Conaf, said. 'We went again in May and to our surprise we found that the lake had completely disappeared. All that was left were chunks of ice and an enormous fissure.'" The current theory is that an earthquake opened the ground and allowed the lake to drain. Looks like global warming is off the hook this time around.

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007 (3, Funny)

netglen (253539) | more than 7 years ago | (#19603553)

Just like what happened to the lake in that James Bond movie. Launch the rocket!

Lake Daikantana (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19603835)

Juan Jose Romero from Chile's National Forestry Corporation, Conaf, said. 'We went again in May and to our surprise we found that the lake had completely disappeared. We totally made that lake our bitch.'

The lake will be returned... (5, Funny)

Original Replica (908688) | more than 7 years ago | (#19603569)

.... for One Hundred Million Dollars!

Re:The lake will be returned... (5, Funny)

Cassius Corodes (1084513) | more than 7 years ago | (#19603955)

Damn water thieves.. and our water chip is broken!

Re:The lake will be returned... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19603967)

Will you accept 100 million paesoes?

(i cant spell, so shoot me (virtually only, please))

Re:The lake will be returned... (4, Funny)

Adambomb (118938) | more than 7 years ago | (#19604031)

Mayor Adam West: MY GOD! Somebody's stealing my water!

Meg: It just went down the drain.

Mayor Adam West: They're crafty I tell you. It happens when you least expect it.

[Waters plant.]

Mayor Adam West: SHOW YOURSELVES, DAMN YOU! I've been investigating them for months. It has cost $150,000 dollars of the taxpayers' money, but I'll find the culprits if it costs me a million.

"Looks like global warming is off the hook" (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19603583)

"But if we hadn't noticed the fissure, then it would be PROOF."

Re:"Looks like global warming is off the hook" (0)

bky1701 (979071) | more than 7 years ago | (#19603617)

If most crows are black, it's likely and reasonable that you will assume a crow is black is until you see otherwise.

Re:"Looks like global warming is off the hook" (5, Funny)

WrongMonkey (1027334) | more than 7 years ago | (#19603677)

Yes, every unusual event can be safely assumed to be caused by global warming until there is evidence to the contrary. Who can deny that logic?

MOD PARENT UP! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19603841)

Man did you just nail that. Perfect 10!

Re:"Looks like global warming is off the hook" (2, Funny)

Raideen (975130) | more than 7 years ago | (#19604177)

Never attribute to tectonic events that which can be adequately explained by global warming.

Re:"Looks like global warming is off the hook" (3, Insightful)

lego_boy_aus (1020533) | more than 7 years ago | (#19603699)

And based on this: If the temperature of the Earth has risen and fallen in the past, "it's likely and reasonable that you will assume" that any current changes are entirely natural...

Alternatively, given that the solar output has increased recently, "it's likely and reasonable that you will assume" that any change in the Earth's tempersture would be related to that...

Re:"Looks like global warming is off the hook" (4, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | more than 7 years ago | (#19604295)

"And based on this: If the temperature of the Earth has risen and fallen in the past, "it's likely and reasonable that you will assume" that any current changes are entirely natural..."

Except the changes in CO2 far exceed any measurement from the last 800,000 years. Not some of them, not kinda near, far exceed . the most prior 1900 was 300ppm, now we have 350ppm...
We have warehouse full of evidence that the earth is warming faster then at any other time.

So it's not the fact that it is warming, it's the speed at which it is warming, as well as the amount of CO2.

"Alternatively, given that the solar output has increased recently, "it's likely and reasonable that you will assume" that any change in the Earth's tempersture would be related to that..."

Except that the invers squar laws say otherwise. Also, while increased over all, the earth continued to warm during a multi-years cooling period of the sun.

Science has looked at those and ruled them out pretty simply.
Personally, I wish it was one of those, then we can plan for the change, instead we have neo-cons and the pundets going on about how it isn't happening and the fact that nearly everybreputable scientist in the world agrees. But hey, you go on and ignore the science, the evidence and keep repeating whatever Rush says like a good little sheep.

Re:"Looks like global warming is off the hook" (2)

Archangel Michael (180766) | more than 7 years ago | (#19604417)

So, does CO2 explain the global warming on Mars?

Re:"Looks like global warming is off the hook" (-1, Flamebait)

timmarhy (659436) | more than 7 years ago | (#19604427)

"Except the changes in CO2 far exceed any measurement from the last 800,000 years"

i stopped reading right there. anyone claiming to have accurate readings back to 800,000 years is a liar

Re:"Looks like global warming is off the hook" (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19603819)

What would happen if most herrings were red?

Re:"Looks like global warming is off the hook" (1)

timmarhy (659436) | more than 7 years ago | (#19604369)

JUNK SCIENCE - thats all you promote with that comment. assumptions are no where near proof in science.

Re:"Looks like global warming is off the hook" (1, Funny)

Walt Dismal (534799) | more than 7 years ago | (#19603697)

However, at the bottom of where the lake was, is a huge crop circle in the shape of an X-Box. Additionally, a message from space was found engraved on a titanium plate. Translators think it said "All your lake are belong to us".

Actually it said (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 7 years ago | (#19604325)

"Thanks for the lake, please bring live rats."

Re:"Looks like global warming is off the hook" (1)

goldspider (445116) | more than 7 years ago | (#19603745)

Boy, ain't that the truth.

Global warming is totally off the hook! (4, Funny)

spun (1352) | more than 7 years ago | (#19603855)

When I read that, I heard in my head in a surfer-dude voice saying it as in, "Global warming is totally off the hook! It's AWESOME!"

I was confused.

I had to reread it to get the real meaning. My blood sugar must low, excuse me, I think I need to eat some dinner.

Re:Global warming is totally off the hook! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19603985)

When I read that, I heard in my head in a surfer-dude voice saying it as in, "Global warming is totally off the hook! It's AWESOME!"

I was confused.

I had to reread it to get the real meaning. My blood sugar must low, excuse me, I think I need to eat some dinner.
Yeah, "blood sugar"...

Lay off the pot you stinking hippie!

Re:Global warming is totally off the hook! (1)

spun (1352) | more than 7 years ago | (#19604127)

Hey! I have glaucoma you insensitive clod.

Wouldn't be the first time... (5, Interesting)

Ellis D. Tripp (755736) | more than 7 years ago | (#19603585)

that a lake disappeared into a hole in the ground:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Peigneur [wikipedia.org]

Re:Wouldn't be the first time... (4, Funny)

Deadstick (535032) | more than 7 years ago | (#19603811)

a lake disappeared into a hole in the ground:

Isn't that where all of them are?

rj

Re:Wouldn't be the first time... (1)

Anon54321 (1118631) | more than 7 years ago | (#19603987)

Not according to current scientific theory.

Re:Wouldn't be the first time... (1)

rs79 (71822) | more than 7 years ago | (#19604201)

Stupid people. Somebody pulled the plug. I would have thought this would be obvious.

"Duh. Double duh." - Weemba

Re:Wouldn't be the first time... (1, Funny)

davester666 (731373) | more than 7 years ago | (#19603883)

Of course global warming caused this.

Global warming caused the earth to expand, resulting in the outer crust cracking slightly, and the lake drained into it.

GW causes EVERYTHING!

Re:Wouldn't be the first time... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19604007)

GW causes EVERYTHING!

I thought we were supposed to be blaming Bush for everything.

Guess I missed the memo.

Re:Wouldn't be the first time... (1)

SamuelDr (1017644) | more than 7 years ago | (#19604365)

Yup, Bush doesn't exist and GW is to blame for everything.

Re:Wouldn't be the first time... (1)

Assassin bug (835070) | more than 7 years ago | (#19603895)

Wow! That figuratively and literally sucked!

Some do it more or less naturally (3, Interesting)

ChePibe (882378) | more than 7 years ago | (#19604041)

Lake Jackson [wikipedia.org] in North Florida, for example, does it every few years as ground water levels fluctuate. I'm sure that human intervention has something to do with these water levels, but isn't likely the only determining factor.

It's kind of funny that, before you go bass fishing, you have to actually make sure there's water in the lake. Sometimes, it drains very quickly [ufl.edu] .

hey cowboy neal! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19603587)

quit posting in Zonk's blog.

HOWLER MONKEYS!!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19603595)

HOWLER MONKEYS!!!

Someone will find a way... (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19603611)

... to blame global warming anyway. Facts are irrelevant to doomsday cultists.

what do you think caused the fissure? (5, Funny)

weighn (578357) | more than 7 years ago | (#19603815)

Facts are irrelevant to doomsday cultists.
Facts are irrelevant to anyone with an axe to grind.

Japan: whales are the cockroaches of the oceans
IIS marketer: Apache just has more websites running per server

Re:what do you think caused the fissure? (1)

patrikor_007 (1094491) | more than 7 years ago | (#19604435)

And the fact is...

Everyone has an axe to grind!

Re:what do you think caused the fissure? (1)

Alsee (515537) | more than 7 years ago | (#19604459)

IIS marketer: Apache just has more websites running per server

Uhmmmmmmmmm....

Uhmmmmmmmmm....

More websites per server?

Uhmmmmmmmmm....

Are you sure you're not an Apache marketer in disguise? Because if you are, I think you just convinced me. More websites per server, that'll save us a fortune.

-

Challenge accepted (2, Funny)

Farmer Tim (530755) | more than 7 years ago | (#19604147)

Obviously global warming has caused the earth itself to expand, resulting in this fissure.

But eventually this expansion will cause a similar fissure to open under an ocean and allow the world's seas to drain, thus eliminating the fabricated risk of rising sea levels from the proven myth of glacial melt. So even if all those ignorant, biased climatologists living the caviar lifestyle on fat research grants somehow turn out to be right despite the overwheming evidence to the contrary from expert SUV drivers and totally impartial oil magnates, there's absolutely nothing to worry about.

I call this "The Moronic Knee-Jerk Theory of Environmental Equilibrium", and expect it to be accepted widely by people who like to set up obvious straw-men.

Bull fucking shit. (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19603621)

The current theory is that an earthquake opened the ground and allowed the lake to drain. Looks like global warming is off the hook this time around.

Bull fucking shit. It's just more evidence of George Bush's Global Fucking Warming in action. Get a clue.

In Other News (5, Funny)

MillionthMonkey (240664) | more than 7 years ago | (#19604107)

Mysterious New 5 Acre Lake Appears in Crawford, TX

Global warming? (5, Funny)

bronzey214 (997574) | more than 7 years ago | (#19603657)

Looks like global warming is off the hook this time around.

Yeah, because global warming obviously leaves huge chunks of ice when it makes lakes disappear.


Next time, the news without the hot-button bias, please?

Re:Global warming? (3, Interesting)

oneiron (716313) | more than 7 years ago | (#19603703)

It was a joke. I smiled and almost chuckled. It seems you've invested a bit too much emotion into this issue. Next time the comments without the knee-jerk bitterness, please.

Re:Global warming? (5, Insightful)

TPIRman (142895) | more than 7 years ago | (#19603773)

Mod parent up. For all those crowing about global warming in this thread, RTFA. There is no mention of global warming in the article. It's just an interesting story about a weird geological occurrence. The only reference to global warming was a harmless offhand crack from CowboyNeal. Lighten TFU, people.

Re:Global warming? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19603807)

I think what you're seeing is people getting tired of global warming having to be wormed into so damned many topics. It does get awfully tiresome. And /. isn't exactly a friendly place to discuss global warming. I say let them vent.

Re:Global warming? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19603849)

Global Warming is caused by that hot gas emanating from Zonk's ass.

Re:Global warming? (1)

TPIRman (142895) | more than 7 years ago | (#19603977)

A fair point. I suppose folks do have a reason for being overly touchy, as global-warming strawmen typically abound in these parts.

Re:Global warming? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19603787)

It was a joke. I smiled and almost chuckled. It seems you've invested a bit too much emotion into this issue.

Looked less like a joke to me and more like a sly attempt at trolling for hits, merely masquerading as a joke.

Honestly, (3, Funny)

Hawthorne01 (575586) | more than 7 years ago | (#19603659)

it was *RIGHT HERE* when I saw it last.

Garrison Keillor Did It (5, Funny)

sciop101 (583286) | more than 7 years ago | (#19603673)

Magic Words:

LAKE! Whoa! Be Gone!

off the hook? what? (4, Funny)

dAzED1 (33635) | more than 7 years ago | (#19603683)

I'm fairly certain that it is considered scientifically proven beyond doubt [google.com] that recent shifting in the upper layers of the Earth's crust are in fact due to the drying period we're now entering due to global warming. I can't believe you'd question such things [breitbart.com] ; do you not understand causality versus correlation?

Re:off the hook? what? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19603861)

That Breitbart site is a little fruity. How can you find it credible?

Re:off the hook? what? (2, Interesting)

nwbvt (768631) | more than 7 years ago | (#19604223)

Though there are others who are not kidding [pretorianews.co.za] when they blame earthquakes and tsunamis on global warming.

Off the hook? (2, Interesting)

Target Drone (546651) | more than 7 years ago | (#19603689)

From the article: The Magallanes area "has seen interesting changes in the last few decades," he said, noting that the lake itself had not been there 30 years ago.

Makes you wonder if global warming had anything to do with the lake forming in the first place.

Re:Off the hook? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19603747)

Actually, not *every single thing* that has happened in the universe in the past 30 years is caused by global warming.

Re:Off the hook? (2, Insightful)

42Penguins (861511) | more than 7 years ago | (#19603891)

The lake hadn't been there 30 years ago, as stated by grandparent. IIRC, we were to blame for global cooling about 30 years ago.

Significant Human Interaction Theory, or SHIT:
Back then, CFCs and other particulates caused the water to condense into a lake. Now your car exhaust has caused the water to warm and evaporate.
Cycle of life.

Re:Off the hook? (2, Insightful)

dabraun (626287) | more than 7 years ago | (#19603847)

Makes you wonder if global warming had anything to do with the lake forming in the first place.


What's that they say - if the only tool you have is a hammer ... Why is it global warming fanatics feel the need to associate everything that happens with global warming - oh, right, they're fanatics.

...and now we know... (4, Funny)

SubliminalVortex (942332) | more than 7 years ago | (#19603693)

What keeps "Old Faithful" at Yosemite alive and ticking....

Re:...and now we know... (2, Informative)

skelly33 (891182) | more than 7 years ago | (#19604355)

... or one of those "Y-something" parks, anyway. I must say though that those of us from the Yosemite side of the world call a 5 acre body of water a "pond". Oh well on both accounts.

I'm confused (5, Funny)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 7 years ago | (#19603701)

Lots of news organizations keeping selling this story as if there's a mystery.
Well... What's the mystery?

I mean, TFA explains it fairly well:
1. earthquake creates a hole in the ground
2. water goes into the hole

What're the alternatives?
That a herd of wooly mammoths drank up the lake?

Re:I'm confused (1)

kitsunewarlock (971818) | more than 7 years ago | (#19603941)

God damned mamoths. They are multiplying at a rate 100,000x more than last year!

Re:I'm confused (3, Funny)

Pulse_Instance (698417) | more than 7 years ago | (#19604257)

You should fix the mammoths page on wikipedia to include that fact.

Ahem (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19604189)

I'm tired of the establishment scientific community ignoring the UFOlogist community. We've been warning you about this type of thing [wikipedia.org] for decades!

Re:I'm confused (1)

butane317 (998898) | more than 7 years ago | (#19604351)

How is this modded Funny? I'd say it's spot-on.

Ooops (4, Funny)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 7 years ago | (#19603707)

Sorry. I was really, really thirsty.

Re:Ooops (1)

Target Practice (79470) | more than 7 years ago | (#19603779)

I think you're on to something. Just look for the largest arrival of giardia patients in the local hospitals, and we've found the cause.

Ha! Earthquakes! Really...

Re:Ooops (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19604461)

That reminds me of a joke from the old Happy Days series, when one of the characters is telling Richie how a man just broke the record for drinking the most water.

Richie nods, then says...

"Yeah, and five minutes later he broke another record..."

into andy's WHAT?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19603709)

i hate cliffhangers

Re:into andy's WHAT?? (2, Funny)

spun (1352) | more than 7 years ago | (#19604195)

Well, I didn't read the article, but from the blurb it sounds like it disappeared into Andy's fissure. Sounds painful, that lake looked cold.

eye rolling speculation (4, Informative)

grapeape (137008) | more than 7 years ago | (#19603713)

Did anyone bother to read this part?

"A glacier specialist, Andres Rivera, told Chilean newspaper La Tercera that the lake's disappearance seemed to be part of the continual reforming of the landscape.

The Magallanes area "has seen interesting changes in the last few decades," he said, noting that the lake itself had not been there 30 years ago."

How long does a lake have to exist before its concidered an actual lake? Sounds like this was more of a big puddle that came and went. Since it was only 30 years ago that it formed, I guess we can feel free to blame global warming for its creation as well.

Re:eye rolling speculation (1)

SeaFox (739806) | more than 7 years ago | (#19604179)

"A glacier specialist, Andres Rivera, told Chilean newspaper La Tercera that the lake's disappearance seemed to be part of the continual reforming of the landscape.

The Magallanes area "has seen interesting changes in the last few decades," he said, noting that the lake itself had not been there 30 years ago."


So the disappearance of the lake is just a small part of the area's sea change.

Re:eye rolling speculation (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 7 years ago | (#19604205)

It was specifically NOT blamed.

Melt 30 years ago wasn't fast enough. Today it would be.

Yes, change has accelerated that much.

There can be only one logical conclusion (2, Funny)

GammaKitsune (826576) | more than 7 years ago | (#19603721)

The aliens did it. Just like Stonehenge, crop circles, and Al Gore.

Re:There can be only one logical conclusion (1)

schwit1 (797399) | more than 7 years ago | (#19603975)

"Chariots of the Gods man, they own South America."

Re:There can be only one logical conclusion (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19604015)

The aliens did Al Gore?

But he and Tipper seem so happy.....

Where in the world is... (1)

iceman10 (1118637) | more than 7 years ago | (#19603733)

Sounds Like Carmen San Diego is up to her old tricks again...

Q: Where are the Andes? (1)

weighn (578357) | more than 7 years ago | (#19603761)

A: at the end of your Armies

you're all wrong! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19603753)

I can't believe how horribly wrong you ALL are. This was caused by the natural phenomenon known as Chuck Norris. He got thirsty, drank the lake, and then punched the earth as a calling card to his greatness.

Use your heads people, COME ON.

Re:you're all wrong! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19604289)

new mod submission: +1 chuck norris

after all, it can't be modded funny. there is nothing funny about chuck norris. only business. serious business.

Oh thank god... (5, Funny)

spankey51 (804888) | more than 7 years ago | (#19603757)

If anyone finds an old leather-bound book in the fissure, please send it to:

"Atrus, Son of Ghen."
5 Riven St. Apt 233
D'ni, K'veer. II DI KI II III

(Note: I know the LCD panel on page 1 looks pretty, but please refrain from touching it...)

martians ?? (1)

codermaniac (1084611) | more than 7 years ago | (#19603771)

Probably martians sucked it from UFO's ?? even NASA reported about water on mars...

What to do about it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19603775)

The story is on slashdot so it must be important. Obviously we can't just leave it at this. I propose we fill in the fissure with cement and enlist a bucket brigade to refill the lake.

Ehhh? (4, Funny)

GFree (853379) | more than 7 years ago | (#19603851)

Can't we just blame terrorists like always?

*goes back to bed*

Re:Ehhh? (2, Funny)

dabraun (626287) | more than 7 years ago | (#19603865)

Republicans blame everything on the terrorists.

Democrats blame everything on global warming.

It's probably a pretty good summary of american politics these days.

Re:Ehhh? (1)

Tatisimo (1061320) | more than 7 years ago | (#19604069)

Except this is South America we're talking about. They probably got their own politicians to blame there.

Second Hand Smoke (2, Funny)

Belial6 (794905) | more than 7 years ago | (#19604349)

My vote goes to Second Hand SmokeTM.

It was obviously Carmen Sandiego (1)

assassinator42 (844848) | more than 7 years ago | (#19603863)

Who else could pull off such a heist? Hell, she could probably steal the entire mountain range, but she was feeling lazy.
Now they need to find her.

Where in the world is he? (1)

CavemanKiwi (559158) | more than 7 years ago | (#19604145)

Someone had to ask :)

terminology (1)

ff3j (767130) | more than 7 years ago | (#19603919)

off the hook [answers.com] or
off the hook [urbandictionary.com]
? ;)

This type of Phenomenon has been seen before... (1)

forkazoo (138186) | more than 7 years ago | (#19603933)

It happened near a test facility in Betaverse.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Jade [wikipedia.org]

How has nobody made the Ob. SF ref. yet with this many comments?!

sorry about y'alls lake (0, Redundant)

atarione (601740) | more than 7 years ago | (#19604009)

I was hella thristy.

Global warming off the hook... (1)

Red Mage 13 (791885) | more than 7 years ago | (#19604027)

'Gnarly' added a scientist researching the lake's tubular disappearance.

Moses did it! (1)

KnowledgeKeeper (1026242) | more than 7 years ago | (#19604029)

Only, this time, he split the earth, not the waters.

I think I found it (3, Funny)

ross.w (87751) | more than 7 years ago | (#19604039)

It crossed the pacific ocean to Maitland [abc.net.au] , NSW. You can have it back now...

Nice try (3, Interesting)

jsse (254124) | more than 7 years ago | (#19604047)

The picture [bbc.co.uk] to the right is more like a CG to me. No way I should believe your yet another Roswell-mistery.

(just kidding ^_^)

Aand? (1)

nlitement (1098451) | more than 7 years ago | (#19604087)

Is there a reason not to obtain satellite imagery from the area over that period of time?

Where'd it go? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19604119)

We are in ur Andes, takin' your 5-acre glacial lakes!!1!11

Flashback: Vanishing lake baffles Russians (5, Informative)

Devar (312672) | more than 7 years ago | (#19604125)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4566355.stm [bbc.co.uk]

BBC News
Fri, 20 May 2005 00:50 EDT

Residents of a village in central Russia are trying to solve the mystery of a lake that disappeared overnight.

Russia's NTV channel showed a huge, muddy basin where the lake once was, in the village of Bolotnikovo.

"It looks like somebody has pulled the plug out of a gigantic bath," said the TV's correspondent, next to a deep debris-filled hole.

Local officials in Nizhny Novgorod region say the lake was probably sucked into an underground cave.

The name of the village - which lies about 250 km (155 miles) east of Moscow - roughly translates as "boggy".

No Water

The discovery was made by local fishermen when they arrived at the lake early in the morning.

"I looked and there was no water. I thought: Oh my God, what's going on?" one of them told the TV.

Rescuers were called out to search the uncovered lake bed to see if anybody could have been sucked under, but it is thought no-one was on the lake when the waters vanished.

"It's very dangerous. If somebody is caught by such a calamity, the chances of survival are practically nil," fireman Dmitry Zaitsev said, pointing out that lakeside trees appeared to have been dragged down with the water.

The lake's disappearance may have been caused by subsidence allowing the water to drain into a cave system or underground river, local official Dmitry Klyuev said.

According to Mr Klyuev, several houses were swallowed up in similar circumstances 70 years ago.

'Dark mystery'

But more supernatural explanations were circulating among the villagers, including the influence of dark forces.

Village youngsters said the lake had appeared during the reign of the feared Tsar Ivan the Terrible and had been "shrouded in dark mystery" ever since.

"We used to go swimming there, but we were rather afraid of its depth, and there were various rumours. For instance people said there used to be a church there underwater," one girl told the TV.

But one elderly villager sitting outside her house had another kind of force in mind.

"I thought the Americans had got here," she said, laughing.

"V" (1)

arthurpaliden (939626) | more than 7 years ago | (#19604165)

and you thought it was just a movie........

google maps? (1)

hibji (966961) | more than 7 years ago | (#19604379)

Hey,

Does anyone have a picture of it on google maps?
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