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2010-06-23 07:33:59

Work to augment efforts to clean and protect lake and drinking water from harmful algae blooms A team of scientists from the University of Nevada, Reno, DRI, Arizona State University and University of California, Davis has returned from a two-week expedition to Guatemala's tropical high-mountain Lake Atitlan, where they are working to find solutions to the algae blooms that have assailed the ecosystem and the drinking water source for local residents. The lake's water is contaminated with...

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2009-10-31 11:40:00

Scuba divers are investigating the bottom of a volcanic lake in Guatemala to search for clues about a prehistoric island where Mayan pilgrims traveled to revere their gods before it was submerged by water. Samabaj, the first archaeological ruins found underwater in Guatemala, were found by chance 12 years ago by a diver swimming in Lake Atitlan, surrounded by Mayan villages. "No one believed me, even when I told them all about it. They just said 'he's mad'," laughed Roberto Samayoa, a...

2005-10-16 14:08:29

By Eduardo Garcia PANABAJ, Guatemala (Reuters) - Doctors fear that overcrowding and septic water could lead to a rash of illness among survivors of a landslide that swept away their Maya Indian village this month. Thousands of people from Panabaj have crammed into churches and houses in the nearby village of Santiago and other towns while the government races to build temporary shelters. "The worst problem now is the risk of epidemics," Alfonso Verdu, coordinator of Doctors Without...

2005-10-11 06:41:13

By Frank Jack Daniel PANABAJ, Guatemala (Reuters) - Rescuers searching for up to 1,400 people buried when a landslide swept away a Maya Indian village finally gave up on Monday, leaving the victims to lie forever encased in a tomb of thick mud. Five days after a river of mud wiped Panabaj off Guatemala's map, firefighters called off the gruesome and dangerous rescue effort. "We're not going back tomorrow, it's just too contaminated in there," chief firefighter Mario Ramirez told...

2005-10-10 23:50:05

By Frank Jack Daniel PANABAJ, Guatemala (Reuters) - Rescuers searching for up to 1,400 people buried when a landslide swept away a Maya Indian village finally gave up on Monday, leaving the victims to lie forever encased in a tomb of thick mud. Five days after a river of mud wiped Panabaj off Guatemala's map, firefighters called off the gruesome and dangerous rescue effort. "We're not going back tomorrow, it's just too contaminated in there," chief firefighter Mario Ramirez told...

2005-10-10 15:09:10

By Frank Jack Daniel PANABAJ, Guatemala (Reuters) - Maya Indian villagers gave up hope on Monday of finding up to 1,400 victims buried in a huge mudslide in Guatemala even as sniffer dogs led a final, almost certainly futile search for miracle survivors. A fisherman in a dugout canoe found a dead 3-month-old boy in nearby Lake Atitlan. The baby apparently was swept into the water by the landslide that wiped out the village of Panabaj five days ago after heavy rains from Hurricane...

2005-10-10 12:50:45

By Frank Jack Daniel PANABAJ, Guatemala (Reuters) - Maya Indian villagers gave up hope on Monday of finding up to 1,400 victims buried under a huge mudslide triggered by Hurricane Stan, even as sniffer dogs led a final, almost certainly futile search for miracle survivors. More than a dozen vultures circled over the huge lake of mud that wiped out the village of Panabaj five days ago and firefighters choked on the thick stench coming from it. A Spanish search and rescue team used...

2005-10-10 11:56:02

By Frank Jack Daniel PANABAJ, Guatemala (Reuters) - Maya Indian villagers gave up hope on Monday of finding up to 1,400 victims buried under a huge mudslide triggered by Hurricane Stan, even as sniffer dogs led a final, almost certainly futile search for miracle survivors. More than a dozen vultures circled over the huge lake of mud that wiped out the village of Panabaj five days ago and firefighters choked on the thick stench coming from it. A Spanish search and rescue team used...

2005-10-09 20:19:55

By Frank Jack Daniel PANABAJ, Guatemala (Reuters) - Aid trickled into a Guatemalan village devastated by a mudslide that killed some 1,400 people, and Maya Indian residents complained on Sunday the government was far too slow to react to the tragedy. Peasants from neighboring villages brought clothing for the victims, rowing canoes across Lake Atitlan to Panabaj. The village was buried under a deadly slick of mud, rocks and trees that slid down a volcano after rains from Hurricane...

2005-10-09 17:15:09

By Frank Jack Daniel PANABAJ, Guatemala (Reuters) - Aid trickled into a Guatemalan village devastated by a mudslide that killed some 1,400 people, and Maya Indian residents complained on Sunday the government was far too slow to react to the tragedy. Peasants from neighboring villages brought coats and clothing for the victims, rowing canoes across Lake Atitlan to Panabaj. The town was buried under a deadly slick of mud, rocks and trees that slid down a volcano after heavy rains from...


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Atitlan Grebe, Podilymbus gigas
2014-09-08 08:58:15

The Atitlan Grebe (Podilymbus gigas), known also as Giant Grebe, Poc, or Giant Pied-Billed Grebe, is an extinct water bird, a relative of the Pied-Billed Grebe. It was native to the Lago de Atitlan in Guatemala at an altitude of 1700 meters above sea level. Thanks to the work or the American ecologist Anne LaBastille, its decline is comprehensively known. LaBastille observed this species for over 25 years. She has also written a book regarding this bird called Mama Poc. This Grebe reached...

Atitlán Grebe, Podilymbus gigas
2012-01-11 16:23:56

The Atitlan Grebe (Podilymbus gigas), also known as the Giant Grebe, Giant Pied-billed Grebe, and Poc, is an extinct species of water bird. It was endemic to Lago de Atitlan in Guatemala at an altitude of 5,600 feet above sea level. Before the bird became extinct, it was extensively studied by American ecologist Anne LaBastille for 25 years. Due to this, its decline is comprehensively known. The Atitlan Grebe reached a length of about 18 to 19.6 inches. Its appearance was similar to the...

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