[Aerial view of the literally emerging Argentine town of Epecuen, 2011; image source]
Laguna Epecuen is the final lagoon in the saline hydrological system known as the Lagunas Encadenadas del Oeste de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, receiving water from the increasingly saline lagoons but having no outlet. As such, it is the largest and most variable of the lagoons, with the highest salt content (10x that of sea water). In the 1970's and 1980's, unusually large amounts of rain in the province slowly built up the water level in the lagoon system and increased pressure on the dike protecting Epecuen. In 1985 that dike gave way.
[Villa Epecuen on the edge of the lagoons in 2011; the town is re-emerging from the lagoon, completely salted over and mostly dead or dormant]
[the same spot in 2003, thanks to Google Earth's historical aerial imagery]
[Epecuen Lagoon and surrounding area, 2011; the white, crusty topography surrounding each of the lagoons, and Laguna Epecuen along the entire eastern and southern edge, give evidence of how high the 20 year flood waters were]
[the stairs are all that's left of a house that has mostly dissolved, or not dissolved; image source]
[the former slaughterhouse of Epecuen; image source]
[a man compares the view of main street 25 years ago to that of today; image source]
[is this the mysterious Don Roman de la Mancha cooking on wood stove that burns salted sycamore trees scavenged from the town? "No comment".