David Mercado / Reuters Fishing boats lie abandoned on the dried Poopo lakebed in the Oruro Department, south of La Paz, Bolivia, December 17, 2015.
David Mercado / Reuters Fisherman Rene Valero, from the Urus ethnic group, sits on his boat on the dried lake, Bolivia, December 17, 2015.
David Mercado / Reuters The carcass of a bird decomposes on the dried lakebed. The drought has killed millions of animals, Bolivia, December 17, 2015.
David Mercado / Reuters The lake is so dry that cars pass over it, leaving tire tracks, Bolivia, December 17, 2015.
David Mercado / Reuters Fishermen, forced to migrate because of the drought, have abandoned their boats and fishing nets, Bolivia, December 17, 2015.
David Mercado / Reuters Lake Poopo, Bolivia, December 17, 2015.
David Mercado / Reuters A man walks through the dried up lake, Bolivia, December 17, 2015.
David Mercado / Reuters Lake Poopo, Bolivia, December 17, 2015.
David Mercado / Reuters Lake Poopo, Bolivia, December 17, 2015.
David Mercado / Reuters A fish carcass trapped in the dried Poopo lakebed, Bolivia, December 17, 2015.
David Mercado / Reuters Fisherman Valerio Huanca stands next to a boat in the dried up lake, Bolivia, December 17, 2015.
David Mercado / Reuters Lake Poopo, Bolivia, December 17, 2015.

Bolivia's Waterless Lake

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.

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