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Lake Aculeo's demise is so sudden and complete it seems as if someone had pulled a giant plug and let all the water out.So sudden was it that as recently as 2011 the 4.6 square-mile (12 square-kilometer) lagoon was a thriving weekend getaway for people from the Chilean capital of Santiago an hour away. Now, water and cooling summers on Lake Aculeo are a fast receding memory.Average annual rainfall in central Chile during the 1980s was nearly 14 inches (350 millimeters).Around 70 percent of Chile's total population live in drought-prone areas where rainfall has decreased significantly.A viable lake meant booming tourism.Second homes and shops mushroomed, hiking up domestic water demand in a very short time.
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