Crater lake in Costa Rica’s Irazú Volcano disappears

April 9, 2014

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.

You may be interested

Costa Rica’s snakebite research pioneers save lives worldwide
Changemakers
90 views
Changemakers
90 views

Costa Rica’s snakebite research pioneers save lives worldwide

Mitzi Stark - May 23, 2018

The Clodomiro Picado Institute is spread along the main road of Dulce Nombre de Coronado, northeast of San José. Its…

Adaptive surfing, part II: The story of Dean Bushby
sports
206 views
sports
206 views

Adaptive surfing, part II: The story of Dean Bushby

Ellen Zoe Golden - May 22, 2018

A three-part look at adaptive surfing in Costa Rica. Read Part I here to learn how a Central Pacific coach is…

Costa Rica launches Pride Connection network
Human rights
262 views
Human rights
262 views

Costa Rica launches Pride Connection network

Elizabeth Lang - May 22, 2018

As Costa Rica continues to grapple with the disagreements about marriage equality and gender identity that dominated the second round…