Lakes and rivers

drought oct 15 2020

Extreme drought drains Paraguay River to its lowest level in 50 years

The Paraguay River is now on its lowest level in 50 years as the region is reeling from months of extreme drought. The drop in water levels slowed down cargo vessel traffic, resulting in cost overruns for imported goods and a loss of 250 million dollars. The river...

October 15, 2020

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World record waterspout outbreak over the Great Lakes

232 waterspouts/funnels have been confirmed over the Great Lakes from September 28 to October 4, 2020, in the second world record waterspout outbreak of the year, according to the International Center for Waterspout Research (ICWR). From August 16 to 19, 2020, a...

October 07, 2020

sudan flood sept 5 2020

River Nile in Sudan at highest levels since records began

A 3-month state of emergency has been declared in Sudan amid severe flooding described by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok as "catastrophic and painful." More than 100 people have died, over 100 000 homes have been damaged or destroyed, and about half a...

September 08, 2020

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Wildfires raging 'out of control' across Parana delta wetland, Argentina

The Parana River in Argentina -- South America's second-biggest river after the Amazon and the eighth longest in the world -- is at its lowest level in decades this year, allowing multiple forest fires to spread through its delta. NASA's Operational Land...

August 05, 2020

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Massive landslide in Achoma creates natural dam along Colca River, Peru

NASA's Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured the destruction from a landslide in Achoma, Peru, around mid-June, which not only destroyed properties but also created a natural dam along the Colca River. In the early hours of June 18, a hillside in...

July 03, 2020

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Sinkholes drain Slade Lake near Oxford in Nova Scotia, Canada

Underground geological activities this spring have drained Slade Lake, about 2.5 km (1.5 miles) southwest of Oxford in Nova Scotia, Canada. "The most obvious culprit for this is the water just disappeared down some of the sinkholes at the bottom of the...

June 18, 2020

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50 000-year-old meteorite crater lake turns red overnight, India

Lonar Lake, a meteorite crater lake formed 50 000 years ago in western Maharashtra, India has turned reddish-pink overnight on June 10, 2020, leaving nature enthusiasts stunned. The color change is currently attributed to changing salinity levels and the presence of...

June 12, 2020

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Highly-detailed images reveal evidence of ancient rivers on Mars

A high-resolution satellite has captured detailed images of a rocky cliff on Mars, revealing the first evidence of ancient rivers that existed for more than 100 000 years on the surface of the planet, 3.7 billion years ago. The international team of scientists used...

May 07, 2020

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Lake Albert overflows, damaging or destroying hundreds of homes, Democratic Republic of Congo

Heavy rain accompanied by strong winds caused the Lake Albert to overflow in Ituri Province, Democratic Republic of Congo, on May 2, 2020, damaging or destroying hundreds of homes. Flooding affected the Djugu territory and the surrounding areas. Media reported...

May 05, 2020

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Sea of Galilee expected to fill up for the first time since 1992, Israel

The Sea of Galilee or Kineret-- Israel's largest freshwater lake-- has increased by 6 cm (2.3 inches) following heavy rains from April 9 to 11, 2020. According to the Israel Water Authority, the level reached 209 m (686 feet) below sea level as of Sunday, April...

April 14, 2020

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Mass fish kill after ash and sludge from bushfires wash out into Macleay River, Australia

Hundreds of thousands of fish died in New South Wales, Australia after rains washed out ash and sludge from bushfires into the Macleay River. According to an ecologist, the impact of the fish kill may be felt for decades, with long-lived species such as the...

January 22, 2020

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660 km (410 miles) of China's Yellow River frozen solid

Local authorities reported that almost 660 km (410 miles) of China's Yellow River is frozen solid as of January 3, 2020, due to cold temperatures sweeping from north to south. The Yellow River's flood control headquarters announced that the river entered its...

January 05, 2020

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Mekong River drops to lowest level in 100 years

Southeast Asia’s Mekong River, one of the longest rivers in the world, has dropped to its lowest level in 100 years due to severe drought, sand-mining, and upstream dam developments, causing threats to the food supply and livelihood of nearby inhabitants....

September 03, 2019

Metzabok Lake

Another lake dries up in Lacandon Jungle, Mexico

Another lake in the Lacandon Jungle, state of Chiapas, Mexico dried up completely this month. Natives say it also dried up in 1950s. The Metzabok Lake used to cover 89 hectares (220 acres) before it evaporated this month, leaving nothing but cracked soil. Residents...

August 31, 2019

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NOAA predicts very large 2019 dead zone for the Gulf of Mexico

NOAA scientists are forecasting 2019 Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone, or dead zone, to be very large - approximately 20 277 km2 (7 829 mi2). Dead zones are areas of low to no oxygen that can kill fish and other marine animals. Considered one of the world’s...

June 10, 2019

lake ontario water levels may 2019

Lake Ontario sets new water level record - Canada, U.S.

Lake Ontario daily average water level rose to record-high 75.89 m (248.98 feet) above sea level on May 31, 2019, breaking the previous record reached on four different dates in late May 2017 at 75.88 m (248.95 feet). The level is expected to rise in the coming...

June 03, 2019

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Lake Erie water levels reach record monthly high, U.S.

Lake Erie has surpassed its water-level average a few months ago and is now recording its highest May level since record-keeping started in 1985. Residents are warned to expect flooding for the foreseeable future. With the amount of rainfall that Ohio and its...

May 18, 2019