Poopó was once a lake in Bolivia's Altiplano Mountains. Today it is simply dry land, no different from the cracked earth that surrounds it. Scientists say that a combination of drought and overuse from mining and agriculture sucked the lake dry. Now, retired fishing boats lie stranded in the middle of the exposed lake bed and the local community, many of them fisherman, no longer have a source of income or food. There is still some hope that the water will return. Lake Poopó dried up in 1994 too, but it tooks years for it to fill up again.