Posted by: Idioma Extra | May 4, 2010

Tuesday’s News

Crater lake in Costa Rica’s Irazú Volcano disappears

The cold water lagoon in the crater of the Irazú Volcano, which towers over Cartago to the east of San José, has disappeared.

According to reports by University of Costa Rica (UCR) scientists, the lake has been losing water steadily since 2005 and now has completely dried up.

UCR volcanologist Raúl Mora told the Spanish daily La Nación the lack of rain last year caused by the presence of the weather phenomenon El Niño helped provoke the lake’s disappearance. The lake was once nearly 30 meters deep and held roughly 500,000 cubic meters of water.

The last time the lake completely dried up was in 1991. A significant amount of water returned to the crater within a matter of months.

Word of the Day

Main Entry: lack
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English lak; akin to Middle Dutch lak lack, Old Norse lakr defective
Date: 14th century
1: the fact or state of being wanting or deficient <a lack of evidence>
2: something that is lacking or is needed

More Vocabulary 

Matter: n. an amount or extent reckoned approximately
Roughly: adv. approximately
Steadily: adv. regularly; continuously
Tower: v. to rise or extend far upward, as a tower; reach or stand high

Love those Phrasal Verbs!

Dry up: to cease to exist; evaporate

     Many lakes around the world are drying up due to global warming.

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In other words,
To put it another way,
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