In the 1920s, Villa Epecuen was established as a tourist village along the shore of Lago Epecuen, Argentina, famous for its therapeutic powers thanks to salt levels second only to the Dead Sea.
It became a bustling resort and by the 1970s the population was more than 5,000.
At the same time the Lago Epecuen began to swell with increased rainfalls and in 1985 the enormous volume of water broke through an earthen dam inundating much of the town under four feet of water. By 1993, the town was covered in 10 meters of water.
Nearly 25 years later, in 2009, the wet weather reversed and the waters began to recede. Villa Epecuen started coming back to the surface.
Pictures by Juan Mabromata