High resolution satellite images of giant canal 200ft wide discharging into lago UruUru (lake Poopo) and 200ft wide former canal near Paria, Oruro
Satellite images show remains of two very large canals about 200ft wide near Oruro on the Bolivina Altiplano. It is not known the age of these canals, but they are similar in size to ones seen in Tabasco, Mexico and on the Louisiana seaboard.

above, close up showing the curved ends of the canal discharging into lago UruUru (lago Poopo).
The satellite measures the width of the canal here as 212ft.

below, satellite image showing remains of this canal. The lake has receded so the mouth of the canal is now a short distance from the sea, seen as the dark area at the top of the photo..


200ft wide canal near Oruro
above, oblique views of canal 200ft wide discharging into lago UruUru (lago Poopo).


above, oblique view of canal 200ft wide discharging into lago UruUru (lago Poopo).

212ft wide canal discharging into lake Uruuru
above, view of the canal in 2004 surrounded by water from the lake UruUru (lago Poopo).

212ft wide canal discharging into lake Uruuru
above, view of the canal in 2004 surrounded by water from the lake UruUru (lago Poopo).


above, view of the canal in 2006.


above, view of the canal in 2010. The rio Desaguadero now discharges through a gap breached in the side of the canal


above, view of the canal in 2010. Close-up showing the rio Desaguadero now discharging through a gap breached in the side of the canal.


above, the canal measures 212ft.


above, the embankment measures about 30ft.




above, section of ancient canal near Paria, Oruro, (pan for full view)


above, section of ancient canal near Paria, Oruro.

ancient canals Tabasco Mexico
The above canal in Tabasco, Mexico, measures 208ft wide, the same as two sections of similar canal near Oruro, Bolivia. click for Tabasco, mexico page

For drowned ancient canals in Louisiana seaboard, click here

J.M. Allen, updated 2nd June 2011
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