Lago Enriquillo Revisted

A thoughtful read. As the author suggests sometimes a confluence of events may be the cause, some us, some completely outside of our control.

Watts Up With That?

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen


Last January, I wrote about the curious case of Lago Enriquillo in the Dominican Republic, the “Dead Sea of the DR” – a super-saline lake that lies about 140 feet below sea level in the east of the country right up against the border with Haiti. The lake has been growing since 2003, flooding local villages and overwhelming local agriculture.

In my previous essay, I discussed the possible causes of the growth of the lake and dismissed the silly idea, put forth by the New York Times’ Randal Archibold, that the cause was their one-note bogeyman, global climate change. The major cause of flooding in this part of the country is the long-term deforestation – the image above shows the flood areas (in red) down in the valleys – when the tropical storms come and bring inches of rain per day, it all runs…

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