Let’s explore the world’s most unusual and extraordinary lakes.
As we have learned from school, a lake is a considerable inland body of water or natural enclosed basin serving to drain the surrounding country.
Getting bored of the ordinary? Well, here’s a list of extraordinary lakes and unique lakes that will surely amaze you. Come on, join me and have some fun in discovering these unusual creations of nature. Let’s find out why these lakes are considered unique and/or bizarre.
La Brea Pitch Lake: Trinidad & Tobago
The first on our list is truly a bizarre lake. Based on the meaning of lake, it implies that a lake is a – body of water but the La Brea Pitch Lake is a lake of natural asphalt. It is in southwest Trinidad. It has fascinated explorers, scientists and the common folk since its discovery by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1595. The lake covers about 500 sq. m and is reported to be 75 m deep. The Pitch Lake attracts about 20,000 visitors annually. It is also mined for asphalt which is exported for high-quality road construction. Pitch is an old fashioned name for tar.
Boiling Lake: Dominica
As the name of this lake suggests, it is surely quite a bizarre lake. The Boiling Lake is situated in the Morne Trois Pitons National Park, Dominica. It’s the country’s World Heritage site. It is a flooded fumarole, or hole in the earth’s surface, 10.5 km east of Roseau, Dominica. It is filled with bubbling grayish-blue water that is usually enveloped in a cloud of vapor. The lake is approximately 60 m or 200 ft across. So it contains water but the only difference is – they’re boiling. That’s kind of weird.
They measured the water temperature and found it to range from 180 to 197 degrees Fahrenheit (82 to 91.5 degrees Celsius) along the edges, but could not measure the temperature at the center where the lake is actively boiling. They recorded the depth to be greater than 195 ft (59 m).
Crater Lake: United States of America
One of the most interesting features of this lake that makes it unique among others is that- it has the clearest water than any lake in the world. It is in Oregon, USA. It is located in the caldera of Mount Mazama, hence the name “Crater Lake.” It is the deepest lake in the United States with a depth of 594 m (1,949 ft). Crater Lake is fed solely by falling rain and snow, with no inflow or outflow at the surface.