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Villa Epecuen is a town in Argentina, that was submerged for 25 years. 

Villa Epecuen was established along the shore of Lago Epecuen, a salt lake some 600 kilometers southwest of Buenos Aires. Lago Epecuen has salt levels second only to the Dead Sea, and ten times higher than any ocean.

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Due to a long-term weather event, that was delivering far more rain than usual to the surrounding hills for years, Lago Epecuen began to swell. After 25 years, in 2009 the wet weather reversed and the waters began to recede. Villa Epecuen started coming back to the surface. In 2011, AFP photographer Juan Mabromata visited the ruins of Villa Epecuen, met its sole inhabitant, and returned with these images.

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