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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.