|View of empty Loughareema|
To scientists, Loughareema is regarded as one of Northern Ireland's most enigmatic geological sites. This ephemeral or temporary lake lives up to its title as the vanishing lake as it may be empty of water one day and be completely full the next.
The mechanism for drainage at Loughareema has baffled scientists for years, adding to the mystery of the site, but all of that is about to change. Dr Paul Wilson, an expert in the distribution and movement of water within rocks with the British Geological Survey, has recently embarked on a detailed study of Loughareema. He explains more:
|Same view of Loughareema with high water|
The study is ongoing and the first images from the time lapse photography are beginning to come through, recording for the first time the emptying and filling of the lake. This exciting project perhaps won't shed any light on the ghosts of Loughareema, but it will be able to solve the mystery of the disappearing water, and lead to a better understanding of the entire drainage system.
To find out more about the Loughareema project, contact Dr Paul Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org