Poyang: China’s Largest Lake Dries Up

Once Know As China’s Bermuda Triangle, Boats Are No Longer Threatened By An Empty Lake

No Thanksgiving at Bayou Corne

Fishing boat floats on the dry baked bottom of Lake Poyang
Following a decade long drought and the monumental environmental screw up known as the Three Gorges Dam, China’s Poyang Lake in China’s Jiangxi Province has shrunk to under 1000 square kilometers. This is about a quarter of the lake’s normal size, once the largest freshwater body of water in China. Officials are just beginning to admit there is a problem.

Back in the days when the lake held water, it was famous for mysterious winds that defied the laws of physics and hundreds of boats that sank for no apparent reason. But those are no long problems.


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