Topic: Villa de Tulumba
Mar Chiquita, a Unique Saline Wetland
Mar Chiquita is the largest lake in Argentina and the fifth largest saline lake in the world. According to water level, the lake area has oscillated between 2-6 thousand square kilometers (800–2,300 sq. miles), and lake dimensions between 30-100 km (18-62 miles) north-south and 47-87 km (29-54 miles) east-west. Accordingly, water salinity has ranged between 25 and 360 parts per thousand (grams per litter) in the last 100 years. Maximum recorded depth is 11 meters.
The catchment area of the closed Mar Chiquita basin extends for over 37,570 sq. km (14,550 sq. miles). The lake tributaries are Primero, Segundo, and Dulce rivers. The latter provides about 75% of the total inflow. Before reaching Mar Chiquita from the north, it expands in a vast delta with unique grasslands and wetlands, in a region known as “Bañados del rio Dulce”.
Mar Chiquita is a paradise for nature lovers because of the diversity and abundance of its flora and fauna. Records include at least 300 bird species, 12 of snakes, 16 of amphibious (frogs and toads), as well as an undefined number of mammal species.
The bird component is the most diverse, abundant, and colorful. Mar Chiquita has the rare privilege of giving shelter to three of the six flamingo species worldwide: Chilean, Andean,
and James. The Chilean Flamingo population may reach over
100,000 individuals in favorable years.
Shorebirds are also an important and abundant bird group, which includes several inter-continental migratory species that nest in North America and spend the northern hemisphere winter in South America. Among them, the Wilson’s Phalarope(Phalaropus tricolor), a very common species in Mar Chiquita, usually flies directly between Mar Chiquita and two important saline lakes in North America: Great Salt Lake and Mono Lake.
Natural Area Protection Status
The region is a protected area within the province of Córdoba under the name “Reserva de Uso Múltiple Bañados del río Dulce y Laguna Mar Chiquita“ (Wetlands of Dulce River and Mar Chiquita Lake Multiple Use Reserve”). At the international level, Mar Chiquita is a Ramsar site of the RAMSAR convention since 2002.
In addition, this wetland has been declared Site of Hemispheric Value by the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network, and is also member of the world lake conservation network “Living Lakes”, based in Germany.
The Human Side
The Mar Chiquita lake, unlike most salt lakes, is surrounded from the east and south by a rich agricultural area. From the north and west, the reserve boundaries connect with dry woodlands of the Chaco ecoregion.
Miramar, the only city on the lake shoreline, is rapidly growing as a major tourism hotspot, which includes eco-tourism and health related tourism based on Mar Chiquita saline water and black mud healing properties.
Climate Cycle, Fish Invasion, and Salt Dust Storms
Since the late 1970s, the Mar Chiquita basin has gone through a marked cycle of increased rainfall that led to the highest lake water level ever recorded since its origin, about 50 thousand years ago.
Accordingly, water salinity decreased below 25 grams/liter (ppt), result ing in the disappearanceof brine shrimp (Artemia franciscana) and the expansion of silverfish (Odonthestes bonariensis) from the tributary rivers. Unfortunately, the dramatic increase in water level of early 1980’s resulted in the almost complete flooding of Miramar city, with severe economic losses to the area.
Since 2003, the high precipitation trend has reversed in the whole NW Argentina and Mar Chiquita water level is steadily declining since then. At present, with a water salinity of over 60 g/L, silverfish has disappeared and the brine shrimp is abundant once again. The remaining ruins of the old town are now being uncovered by the receding waters, adding a nostalgic note to the local landscape.
In addition, the rapid decline in water level has exposed extensive salty mud flats along the lake shores, from where large salt dust storms are generated under strong wind conditions. The salt dust plumes may extend over 300 km away from the Mar Chiquita shores onto surrounding agriculture fieldsThe present trend towards a declining water level may be even exacerbated in the near future by a growing water appropriation of the upper tributary rivers, particularly the Dulce River. This is a key environmental threat to Mar Chiquita -similar to the Aral Sea issue- that needs to be solved through the implementation of a new interprovincial agreement through the Rio Dulce Basin Interprovincial Committee.
The Buenos Aires Toy Museum
Art and Toy Museum Gallery Apartments.
As to the Real Estate project, future properties for extraordinary projects are available some 330 miles from down town B's A's, in one particular old and small nice villages where there is a slow life style..... so, I'm working with some new ideas, and I have decide to go big, think big and deal with this "big storm wave", I have .... I'm sure something will come out of it, I'm already about to work with an architect and get this idea drawn up and posted up on the web, as I know the world wide web see attachment.... So the photo above, it’s a front and side view of the property.. I will use the "original building" as the main entrance and then build on to it a 2 floor wing of wood ....... for the "art & toy museum gallery"...... behind this on the land a small tent like building in the form of a "circus" where I can produce all kinds of social events, from marriages to art and antique shows, presentations of any new publicity item from cars to toys, and then across from that a small "wooden building" with 4 bedrooms with a common kitchen and lounge and common living quarters for the travels. Boutique like, small and innovated with revolutionary type architect... all under a legal "Trust Fund" so it can be bought and sold. Every day more tourist arrive down here, well, all the tourist need activity, and you would be surprised to know how many go either for a day or a night stay to some "estancia Farm " here in the country side, so what I would be offerings is this same service, but, in a "Art and Toy Museums Gallery" surroundings, where the traveller can chat about art and antiques, see the items even purchase some or at least see a "cultural side " that can be developed nicely .......... next week hope to have a meeting with an architect where I will be drawling up the buildings, future views on how it will look, and those kind of details. I have also talked to one German based Real Estate agent, who are looking for building projects.......
At this moment it’s already a on going Project, which I’m developing thru a Trust Fund that’s being set up. I’ll be follow up here with news and Architectural Plans for the ground sight as soon as they are available after meting up with the architects and Real Estate lawyers.
Collectors, Collectibles and Investments
It often comes to my mind that life’s all about taking pleasure in the things you do. Taking the most out of everything in the best possible terms. It’s not a matter of constant profit’s calculation.
I’m an artdealer, a collector. It comes from my heart, it’s an inner impulse. I enjoy very much a great item, interesting crafting, the uniqueness in the things I owe. I have collected items even before I was an artdealer; all sort of interesting things that caught my eye. When I was a child, this actions of mine were referred as hobbies, now, I’m a collector, into collectibles. I don’t mind labels.
Recently I got hold of an article about investing in collectibles. A very interesting piece that touched different approaches to this inversion in question. Throughout the article the author approached the pros and cons of investing in collectibles, the sales profits, the losses throughout time and the low return of your investment… It’s obvious, an item goes a long way before it’s appreciated as an antique or vintage item. For example, Christie’s –the famous British auction house- has just recently began to auction 1970s vintage items. So, you can figure out how long you’ll have to wait…
To us, collectors, waiting is not a problem, and our collectibles are not just mere money investments of which we’re expecting a monetary return soon. Most of our returns are passionate feelings awaked by the beauty of the item we’ve acquired, non tangible profits are one of the best possible returns for a collector. The exact moment in which you spot the object of your afection, when you point it out from the crowd and decide it has to be yours, has no price.
Collectibles go all the way from toys to scholar items, from stamps to sculptures, art pieces, vintage trains and antique cars…
Indeed, our collectibles are investments. Of course these items can be bought and sold over and over, and in each transaction we can make some extra money. But investing in collectibles is not just about the money, and anyone who’s a collector knows what I’m talking about.
We, collectors, invest our time and money not just in the purchase of the item in question but also in its conservation and also in its background history.
Investing in collectibles is exiting and interesting. But I don’t think we look at this “investment” in monetary terms, at least not the whole of it. I think collectors are natural investors that consider the economical side as much as the emotional and non tangible ones.
At the moment The Buenos Aires Toy Museum and Artdealer are developing a profitable Real Estate holding investment, thought by collectors for fellow collectors. Purchasing a property in one of Buenos Aires most exclusive areas and developing a boutique lodging. A special location for collectors from all over the world who appreciate Argentinean made items –from vintage toys to art-, customized rooms exhibiting one of a kind collectibles, special experts on Argentinean collectibles arranging antique hunts to unknown and valuable markets within Buenos Aires, are just some of this investment’s attractive features. In terms of investments, Argentinean Real Estates is one of the most profitable ventures at the moment offering USD investment, with income and potential for capital gain as well as great returns.
As I’ve stated before, collectors invest with tangible and non tangible returns in terms of their collectibles and are investors by nature.
Copyright 2010 for Bob Frassinetti. Buenos Aires and Villa de Tulumba, Argentina
Bob Frassinetti, art and antique dealer and free lance journalist from Argentina, Buenos Aires, working on the web, writing both for pleasure and work on art, antiques and collectibles, in and on Buenos Aires, Argentina as well are neighboring countries, Chile and Uruguay. "I've written for several Travel Adventure, Art & Antiques Magazines on and off the web and have researched Toys made here in Argentina, as well as Travel Adventure from Route 40 and Lighthouse Adventures along the Atlantic and Pacific coast, Dakar Rally 2009, 2010 and now for a 3erd time, 2011, and now we are “Building a Gallery Museum in the Province of Cordoba” Real Estate Investment ........ Travelling for Art and Antiques" and I have been on line since 1996