In the Andes, Bright Colors Tell the Dark Story of a Dying Lake

Published May 03 2021 at 1:00 PM GMT
  • A vivid slash of unsettling color cuts across the shores of Bolivia"s Lake Uru Uru, more than 12,000 feet above sea level.
  • The bright oranges and reds evoke the costumes of an elaborate, ancient annual carnaval held nearby in Ororu, the country's fifth-largest city.
  • In the past, the lake itself seemed to turn pink when thousands of flamingos visited for several months each year.
  • Now the lake and its city make headlines for the wrong reasons.
  • Increasing urbanization is outpacing infrastructure and has fouled the waters with sewage and clogged them with trash.


  • Published May 3, 2021 1:00 PM GMT