This beautiful image of South America’s largest lake hides a dark secret… 🤫 #shorts


This is Lake Maracaibo, in Venezuela.

Although nice to see from space, the emerald-green swirls in the lake waters, visible in this image captured in August 2023, denote runaway blooms of toxic cyanobacteria, or blue–green algae, which pose a serious threat to ecology and human health.

With an area of over 13,000 sq km, Lake Maracaibo is generally considered the largest lake in South America, although by some estimates it should be considered an inlet of the Caribbean Sea since much of its water is brought in by its direct connection to the ocean.

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📸 contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2016), processed by ESA, Creative Commons CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

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