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Chile: Southern Chilean Lake Evaporated by UFO?
The Journal of Hispanic Ufology
June 24, 2007
CHILE: Southern Chilean Lake Evaporated by UFO?
This is the outlandish explanation considered in the Andean nation to account for the disappearance of a body of water. Experts in the field claim that "extraterrestrial" activity has been detected in the area.
The Chilean government is thoroughly astonished by an unusual situation in the world which had a powerful impact on public opinion in Argentina and Chile. For this reason, government authorities requested the aid of geologists to find out what happened to the lake, located in the Tempanos Fjord, located 2000 kilometers southeast of Santiago de Chile, in the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park. The lake's disappearance was discovered on May 27, 2007, but was only made known on Wednesday. Theories are now circulating everywhere that are unusual, whimsical and not at all serious. There are even "experts" who believe that the water's disappearance could have been the result of "UFO suction".
Chilean Ufologist Rodrigo Fuenzalida stated that the theory that suggests the presence of extraterrestrials at the nameless lake has grounds. "We have on record that certain UFOs draw water. There is a case in Lago Colbún that is supported by eyewitness accounts from Carabineros (state police) and civilians who saw something hover over the lake and extract water," he noted.
The expert added that "over 60% of all UFO sightings in Chile occur in this region.
Another theory - perhaps the most respectable - indicates that a huge crack caused the southern lake to empty its contents in a mater of water, allowing water to flow "to the center of the Earth", according to Chilean newspaper Las Ultimas Noticias.
(Translation (c) 2007. Scott Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Guillermo Gimenez, Planeta UFO)
Chile: Early Theories Emerge Regarding Lake's Disappearance
Source: La Estrella de Arica (Chile)
Date: Friday, June 22, 2007
CHILE: Early Theories Emerge Regarding Lake's Disappearance
Lacking even a name, the lake of the Tempano Fjord - located to the west of the Campo de Hielo Sur, in the Magallanes Region, achieved worldwide prominence once its volume of water disappeared altogether. CONAF is preparing an interdisciplinary expedition that promises to provide a more definitive answer to the curiosity that has emerged as a result of this incident. From the photographs, which have been seen all over the world, Sergio Sepulveda of the Department of Geology of the University of Chile, has also ventured a few hypotheses regarding the surprising disappearance of the water. He explains that the likeliest answer is a glacierology phenomenon, as this type of lake is enclosed by moraines (a kind of wall) that can be breached, resulting in a rather sudden outpouring of water, something like an alluvial torrent. Therefore, he notes that the disappearance of the southern lake is more likely associated to "some episode of a catastrophic, violent nature."
(Translation (c) 2007. S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Liliana Nunez, AFLA)
Chile: Disappearance of a 10-Hectare Lake and River
SOURCE: La Cronica (Chile)
Chilean scientists are astonished after discovering and ascertaining that an unnamed lake with a surface area of 10 hectares, located in the southernmost area of Chile, mysteriously dried up in a month. Instead of water, experts found fragments of the glacier at the bottom of a dry lakebed criss-crossed by crevasses up 30 meters deep.
"We intend to travel to the site in coming hours with geologists and glacierologists to determine exactly what occurred. We are still astonished: the lake dried up at an extraordinary pace," said engineer Juan Jose Romero, one of the geologists of the Magallanes Region.
The lakes disappearance became known on May 27, but was only reported on Wednesday.
The authorities stated that the enormous lake, with its ice masses, vanished from one day to another, leaving in its place an enormous, 100-foot deep trench, also with ice masses, but deposited on dry soil, according to a director of the Corporacion Nacional Forestal (Conaf).
Hypothesis: Forestry authorities further noted that the lake wasn't all that vanished, but also the mighty river that emptied into the lake. It is now nothing more than a mere stream. "It can be crossed on foot," they say. The river was 130 feet wide and some three to four miles long.
Geologists must determine if the enormous volume of water filtered through the cracks that appeared in the trench.
Although no surface tests have been performed, geologists believe that the phenomenon is probably due to some underground plate movement that resulted in cavities through which all of the lake's water was evacuated.
(Translation (c) 2007, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Ana Luisa Cid)
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