Silala River

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Water Body
Loa and its tributaries San Pedro, Silala and Salado Rivers
Country Bolivia
Region Potosí Department
Antofagasta Region

The Silala is an aquifer and river arising from springs in Bolivia, and flowing into Chile.

The division of the flow from this water body has been a matter of controversy between the two nations, Chile claiming that the present route makes it an international river, while Bolivia denies there is a river and asserts that the Silala ‘springs’ would not flow to Chile if not for the construction of canals over a hundred years ago.[1][2][3][4]


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  2. ^ Newton, Joshua, "The Disputed Silala River: A Catalyst for Cooperation? " (2007). Water Resources Research Center Conferences. Paper 28. link Accessed 8 April 2011
  3. ^ Gabriel Eckstein and Brendan M. Mulligan Water Resources Development, Vol. 27, No. 3, pp. 595-606, September 2011. Posted on SSRN September 1, 2011 link Accessed 8 April 2011
  4. ^ Gabriel Eckstein. The Silala Basin: One of the Most Hydropolitically Vulnerable Basins in the World. International Water Law Project Blog link Accessed 8 April 2011

Coordinates: 22°00′32″S 68°00′12″W / 22.0089°S 68.0033°W / -22.0089; -68.0033