Lake Titicaca is getting smaller – level 3

17-11-2023 15:00

Lake Titicaca, South America’s largest freshwater body in the Andes, is experiencing alarming water level declines, affecting local farmers like Manuel Flores.

Prolonged drought, exacerbated by the El Nino weather phenomenon and rising global temperatures due to climate change, has left once-submerged lakebeds exposed. The lake, revered by pre-Columbian communities, serves as a crucial ecosystem for wildlife and a water source for millions. Farmers, grappling with parched crops and dried wells, now navigate the lake’s desiccated areas on foot.

The situation reflects the increasing frequency of extreme weather events globally, with climate change amplifying the impact of phenomena like El Nino.

Difficult words: exacerbated (dried out or dehydrated), desiccated (dried up), amplify (to make something more intense).

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