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Lake Atescatempa

Paradise lost: How Guatemala’s most beautiful lake is drying out

ATESCATEMPA: The dried-out oyster shells lie on a landscape parched and cracked by the sun. This is what is left of Lake Atescatempa, once a vast blue-green body of water in southwestern Guatemala. Now the lake is dying, a conspicuous victim of the climate change that is projected to profoundly and irreversibly affect Central America. A prolonged drought descended on the region last year, shriveling two rivers that feed into Lake¬†Atescatempa, and with it the flow of tourists to the area and the livelihood of…