The Disappearing Lake

by Cassandra Willyard
Thursday, January 5, 2012

Emily Woodall

For many tourists, Mountain Lake in southwestern Virginia has been an idyllic retreat. But in 2008, it pulled a disappearing act, leaving behind only cracked earth and a small pond.

In this multimedia presentation, EARTH reporter Cassandra Willyard tells the geologic story of Mountain Lake.

For more information on Mountain Lake, visit these sites:

Richard Cobb's before-and-after photographs
and updates
Mountain Lake Hotel
Mountain Lake Conservancy blog

© 2008-2021. All rights reserved. Any copying, redistribution or retransmission of any of the contents of this service without the expressed written permission of the American Geosciences Institute is expressly prohibited. Click here for all copyright requests.