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“Epecuen” by Irina Werning

Pablo stands at the exact location where this postcard was shot. Years after the flood, the area experienced one of the driest periods ever and the lake is shrinking in size.

Back in the 1920s, a tourist village was established along the shore of Lago Epecuen, a salt lake with healing properties, some 600 kilometers southwest of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The resort town, named Villa Epecuen thrived for several decades, peaking in the 1970s with a population of 1500 accommodating 5000 visitors. In the 1980s, a long-term weather event was delivering far more rain than usual and in 1985, the salty waters broke through an earthen dam, and Villa Epecuen was doomed. The entire town went under water, reaching a depth of 10 meters (33 feet). After 25 years, Epecuen re-emerged in 2009. The water evaporated due to extreme dry weather conditions.

 “When I heard about 95-year-old Pablo Novak, the only habitant of Epecuen I contacted his grandson to do a project with him. His family invited me to spend New Year with them so I packed my bags and family and we travelled 600 km to Epecuen.

Epecuen, a tourist village founded by Lake Epecuen with healing properties in the 1920s, submerged underwater in the 1980s due to years of heavy rain resulting in a dam break. It resurfaced in 2009 after 25 years due to extreme dry weather, fascinating us.

Argentine Engineer Juan Baigorri Velar was believed to have invented the effective rainmaking device in the 1930s. It was said that his rainmaking device helped Argentina’s remote and driest regions to experience rain, even ending the harshest and long-standing drought. He visited Epecuen twice (in the dry period) and met Pablo who helped him transport the device from the train station to his hotel.



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