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A damaged tomb at the cemetery of Carhue - the spooky town has provided the perfect backdrop to several films in recent years

The town that drowned: Eerie pictures of the real life Atlantis that was underwater for 25 years

Once a vibrant lake country spa town south of Buenos Aires, Epecuen was flooded nearly three decades ago - the lagoon salt water has left its mark with everything slowly emerging from the water covered in a silvery-white.

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Epecuen, Argentina.

Strange Argentina ghost town that was underwater for 25 years re-emerges as tourist attraction Epecuen was once a bustling little lakeside r.

Villa Epecuen

Villa Epecuen was established along the shore of Lago Epecuen, a salt lake southwest of Buenos Aires. In ongoing heavy rains caused the lake to overflow, leaving much of the town under water. In the wet weather reversed and the waters began to recede.

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The town that drowned: Eerie pictures of the real life Atlantis that was underwater for 25 years

Once a vibrant lake country spa town south of Buenos Aires, Epecuen was flooded nearly three decades ago - the lagoon salt water has left its mark with everything slowly emerging from the water covered in a silvery-white.

Dead trees in Lago Epecuen - after the dam broke water gradually flooded the town until it reached a depth of 10 meters (33 feet) in 1993

The town that drowned: Eerie pictures of the real life Atlantis that was underwater for 25 years

Dead trees in Lago Epecuen - after the dam broke water gradually flooded the town until it reached a depth of 10 meters feet) in 1993

In 1985, a dam burst and buried the town in 33 feet of salt water, rendering it a modern-day Atlantis. Initially, people waited on their roofs, hoping for the water to recede. It didn’t, and within two days, the place was a devastated ghost town.

A man compares a photograph of Villa Epecuen taken in the with the current state of the place, after almost 25 years beneath the water of Lago Epecuen: The flooded ruins of Villa Epecuén

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Many residents of Epecuen fled to nearby Carhue, another lakeside town, and set up new hotels and spas, promising relaxing getaways featuring saltwater and mud facials.

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he Argentine town of Epecuen was once a bustling and popular lakeside resort, but in 1985 it was flooded and until now has remained hidden beneath the water.

Back in the 1920s, a tourist village was established along the shore of Lago Epecuen, a salt lake some 600km southwest of Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 1985, the salty waters broke through an earthen dam, and Villa Epecuen was doomed, including Carhue Cemetery pictured above. A slow-growing flood consumed the town until it reached a depth of 10m in 1993. The wet weather later reversed, and the waters began to recede in 2009.

Back in the 1920s, a tourist village was established along the shore of Lago Epecuen, a salt lake some 600km southwest of Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 1985, the salty waters broke through an earthen dam, and Villa Epecuen was doomed, including Carhue Cemetery pictured above. A slow-growing flood consumed the town until it reached a depth of 10m in 1993. The wet weather later reversed, and the waters began to recede in 2009.

An aerial picture of the town of Carhue, near Lago Epecuen village, some 600 km southwest of Buenos Aires. The area affected by the flood that kept Lago Epecuen under the salt water of Epecuen lagoon for almost 25 years

The town that drowned: Eerie pictures of the real life Atlantis that was underwater for 25 years

Once a vibrant lake country spa town south of Buenos Aires, Epecuen was flooded nearly three decades ago - the lagoon salt water has left its mark with everything slowly emerging from the water covered in a silvery-white.

Las ruinas de Epecuen , decalaradas Monumento Historico

Las ruinas de Epecuén, declaradas Monumento Histórico

Former resident & tour guide Norma Berg walks along a street (© Natacha Pisarenko/AP)

Los contornos todavía inundados por el Lago Epecuén

Like a corroded time capsule, this submerged village has risen from the depths after being flooded decades ago when the local lake broke its banks and left Epecuen under dozens of feet of water.

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