Submitted by: Yuri Klitsenko, Russia
(Moscow) The mystery surrounding a lake which disappeared one night in Russia last May has been finally solved. On May 19th, a lake holding one million cubic meter of water disappeared without a trace in the village of Bolotnikovo in Nizhni Novgorod, 250 km to the east of Moscow.
Russia's Ministry of Emergency Management assembled an investigation team made up of geologists and flood experts, which embarked on 'lake-searching' with cutting-edge electronic equipments and geological surveying tools.
As a result, on June 16th, the team announced their finding that the lake (note: the whole body of water from the lake) moved down to 100 m underground.
Geologist Pavel Ivanov explained, "The lake was located on a geological structure which is like a Swiss-cheese. The body of water was rapidly sucked into a biggest hole." The underground cave was formed 200 million years ago, according to the investigators. Flood expert Mikhail Leonenko also commented, "Water was drained into an underground cave through a hole at the bottom of the lake. The body of water could reemerge."
The lake is 300m away from the village. According to Russia media, some villagers believe that God's curse is at work, since the lake first appeared during the reign of Ivan the Terrible and there used to be an Orthodox church at the location.
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Yuri Klitsenko is a Russian living in Moscow. He works for the Russian Orthodox Church.