Rising Tide Is a Mystery That Sinks Island Hopes

(A modern day mystery)

LAGO ENRIQUILLO, Dominican Republic — Steadily, mysteriously, like in an especially slow science fiction movie, the largest lake in the Caribbean has been rising and rising, devouring tens of thousands of acres of farmland, ranches and whatever else stands in its way.

A CHANGED LANDSCAPE Fishermen in Lake Enriquillo among a sea of dead trees where farmers formerly reaped bountiful harvests. Jason Henry for The New York Times

….Theories abound, but a conclusive answer remains elusive as to why the lake — as well as its nearby sibling in Haiti, Lac Azuei, which now spills over the border between the two on the island of Hispaniola — has risen so much. Researchers say the surge may have few if any precedents worldwide.

Lac Azuei – Selected for Google Maps and Google EarthJan12-2014HaitiDreams1LacAzueio

Read more (includes photos and maps): http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/12/world/americas/rising-tide-is-a-mystery-that-sinks-island-hopes.html

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