“Lakes seem, on the scale of years or human lifetimes, permanent features of landscapes, but they are geologically transitory, usually born of disasters, to mature and die quietly.” – George Evelyn Hutchinson, “A Treatise on Limnology”, 1957.
Harry Potter Lake did not die quietly. Water from the Alaska North Slope Basin crossed a 30-foot strip of tundra in early July 2022. The lake then rumbled into a creek. The creek swelled like a python for a day, depriving Lake Harry Potter of the majority of its water.