Did You Know?
Even with the presence of strange lakes among nature, only one of them has the rumors of a monster living inside it. It's none other than the Loch Ness, an ancient creature living in Loch Ness, a lake in the Scottish Highlands.
Lakes are among the most beautiful places in the world. They spread a sense of calm and serenity. Other than being the most go-to places for a picnic, some of these places are actually too strange to even exist.
From the red river in Bolivia, which resembles the Martian landscape, to the ice-cold regions of Russia, these lakes inhibit different creatures and colors. Journey with us around the world, as we take a look at some of the most strangest lakes around the world, ranging from interesting to not-stepping-foot-in-there.
Unusual Lakes in the World
Laguna Colorada, Bolivia
Colorada is a salt lake located in Bolivia's Altiplano region, with the Andes mountains serving as the backdrop. It gets the nickname 'Red Lagoon' due to pigmentation of red algae and the surrounding sediments. Although the surface looks like floating ice, in reality, it's speckled with borax islands and rings of sulfur. Due to the hyper-salinity of the lake, it's a frequent haunt of James' flamingos.
Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
The Plitvice (pronounced Plit-Veek-uh) lakes are a set of 16 lakes interconnected through waterfalls and caves, located in Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia. Each lake is separated from the rest by a layer of travertine, a type of limestone deposited along the banks intermixed with algae and the local moss. The strange thing is that, the travertine grows at the rate of 1cm every year.
Dead Sea, Israel
The most hyper-saline lake in the world, it's too salty for any animal life to flourish in this environment. The surface and shores are 1,388 feet below sea level. Although the salinity makes it difficult to swim, floating is not a problem. An unusual feature of this lake is that, it spits up huge quantities of asphalt, which has been used in the mummification process by the Egyptians in ancient times.
Taal Lake, Philippines
It's a freshwater lake located on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. The bizarre thing about this lake is that, it's a haven for an island called Volcano Island, located in the middle of the lake, and the island also features a smaller lake called Main Crater Lake or Great Yellow Lake, which holds a smaller island called Vulcan Point.
Lake Balkhash, Kazakhstan
It's the 12th largest lake in the world, and located in Kazakhstan in Central Asia. The bizarre thing about the lake is half of the lake consists of freshwater, and the other half consists of saltwater. These two halves are joined by a narrow straight that's 2.17 miles wide and 6 meters deep.
Dominica's Boiling Lake
The Boiling Lake is situated in the Morne Trois Pitons National Park, east of Roseau, in Dominica. It is the second largest hot spring in the world, though you wouldn't dare to take a dip in there. The temperature of the water ranges from 180 - 197°F. The lake is continuously surrounded by clouds of vapor, and the surface of the greyish-blue water keeps bubbling, giving the illusion of a pot kept on full flame. The lake is approximately 250 feet wide, and the depth is greater than 198 feet. George Kourounis became the first person to cross over the lake, suspended by ropes from above, for the TV series Angry Planet.
Tonlé Sap Lake, Cambodia
The Tonlé Sap Lake is a freshwater lake located in Cambodia. The unusual thing about this lake is that, the flow of the water changes its direction twice a year. During the months of November to May, it drains itself into the Mekong river, but during the rainy season, it backs up to form an enormous lake, about five times its normal size. This floods the surrounding area, but is a great breeding ground for fish.
Resia Lake, Italy
This an artificial lake located in South Tyrol province in North Italy. All the villages in the surrounding area have been submerged due to a burst dam that flooded the river. The tower is the only thing that remains standing after the incident. Only when the lake is frozen in winter, people can come visit the bell tower located in the middle.
Lake Natron, Tanzania
A salt and soda lake, it's located in the Arusha region of Tanzania. It has an unusual color of pink, due to cyanobacteria present in the lake. This serene lake has the harshest environment in the world, and can even burn the skin of animals not used to the climate. Although it supports a little wildlife, it's frequented by bright pink flamingos.
Lake Baikal, Russia
One of the oldest lakes in the world, it contains 20% of the world's unfrozen freshwater. It's located in the southwestern region of Siberia in Russia. The lake is also home to freshwater seals and many other rare species. In winter, it freezes so much that it can be driven across.