Source: America's Quarterly
DECEMBER 17, 2009
In a pretend conversation written in Una Hoja de Papel, a child asks his grandfather what Guatemala's Lake Atitlán—Central America’s deepest lake—was once like. "It was very beautiful, crystal clear waters, you could see through the waters to the pebbles on the shore," the grandfather recalls. "It was once nominated as one of the seven wonders of the natural world. The couples chose this destination to spend their honeymoon. Undoubtedly, an enigmatic place of quiet waters and unparalleled splendor." "But, what happened?" the grandson asked. "Simple, we stood idly with our arms crossed," the grandfather said.
Today Lake Atitlan—located within an hour’s drive of Antigua—is drowning in a film of green scum.NASA pictures
taken just a few weeks show the lake as massive swirls of blue-green algae or cyanobacteria that, besides looking ugly
and foreboding, literally make the lake stink. A result of long-term, excessive pollution.To Read More =>