Lakes are sensitive to a range of disturbances from human activities, from pollution to water shortage. Some are simply disappearing from the face of the Earth, which can have serious ecological knock-on effects.
Following the publication of a new database of key parameters of lakes around the globe, I have rounded up a few examples of lakes that are in trouble or disappearing. The resulting feature is out now:
The world's vanishing lakes
Current Biology Volume 27, Issue 2, pR43–R46, 23 January 2017
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Where the Aral Sea used to be. Source: Zhanat Kulenov, Wikimedia Commons.