The Wider Image: Lake Titicaca, once considered Andean deity, faces pollution threat
Professor Xavier Lazzaro, an aquatic systems specialist with French research institute IRD, shows a team member on a map where samples will be taken as they head to a polluted site in Cohana bay, Lago Menor, Bolivia, January 30, 2019. Lazzaro said a shortage of water treatment plants, local industry, tourism and global warming are all affecting the lake, especially the smaller and shallower "Lago Menor." Lazzaro, who has been closely following pollutants in the lake for many years, is using a solar-powered buoy to do real-time measurements of water quality. He said there is not yet enough data to reliably illustrate the size of the problem. Over time, a build up of sediments, toxic blooms and climate change could cause the Lago Menor to become more shallow and eventually dry up, he said. "This catastrophic scenario is not science fiction. Of course it will take decades, centuries to happen," he said. "It will be faster if no action is taken." REUTERS/Manuel Seoane SEARCH "TITICACA CLIMATE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.