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Top 10 Unusual and Surprising Lakes Around the World

Top 10 Unusual and Surprising Lakes Around the World

Here is the Top 10 Unusual and Surprising Lakes Around the World

10. Gafsa Lake

Tunisia

Top 10 Unusual and Surprising Lakes Around the World

Top 10 Unusual and Surprising Lakes Around the World

  • A lake that just happened to be the most-inviting shade of azure.
  • Gafsa is an area that has seen lots of mining in its past, much of it unregulated.
  • Scientists think that some rupture in the rock above the water table resulted in the sudden appearance of Lake Gafsa, as below-ground water was sucked up onto the surface.
  • It had been dry as much as a bone.
  • Although Gafsa Lake started out a cool and  inviting blue, it quickly became full of algae, and possibly toxic to humans.
  • In the heat of Tunisia, as much as  a lake full of green sludge is better than no lake at all.

 

9. Roopkund Lake

India

Top 10 Unusual and Surprising Lakes Around the World

Top 10 Unusual and Surprising Lakes Around the World

  • British troops found in Roopkund Lake in the winter of 1942.
  • It being wartime and all, the Brits naturally assumed that they were at the scene of a Japanese massacre.
  • When the bones were examined, it turned out that they all dated to around 850 AD.
  • The injury matched no known weapon.
  • Over time, the valley filled with water, eventually becoming the skeleton-haunted Roopkund Lake.

 

8. Lake Nyos

Cameroon

Top 10 Unusual and Surprising Lakes Around the World

Top 10 Unusual and Surprising Lakes Around the World

  • In 1986, this is exactly what happened in Cameroon.
  • Bodies lie in the streets, an expression of fright etched on their dead faces. You wonder what could have killed all these people.
  • As locals lay in bed, Lake Nyos quietly released a gigantic bubble of CO2, like the Earth was exhaling.
  • A cloud of deadly gas settled over the region, suffocating anyone in its path.
  • Up to 25 kilometers away, people and animals suddenly fell to the ground, coughing and gasping for air. Flames extinguished.
  • Children died in seconds.
  • Within minutes, 1,746 people and  also 3,500 animals had died.
  • Entire villages been wiped out. It remains one of the world’s weirdest natural disasters.
  • That it happened at all is down to sheer bad luck. Lake Nyos was formed from a CO2 rich volcanic crater.
  • While similar crater lakes usually released small doses of CO2 over a long period of time, Nyos was so freakishly still that the gas became trapped.
  • It wasn’t until something a landslide, a heavy rainstorm on one side of the lake  agitated the water that its deadly payload was released,as a result, ending nearly two thousand lives.

 

7. Lake Peigneur

Louisiana

Top 10 Unusual and Surprising Lakes Around the World

Top 10 Unusual and Surprising Lakes Around the World

  • Texaco were drilling for oil when they accidentally punctured the roof of a mineshaft below the lake.
  • Not that knowing the cause makes what happened next any less bizarre or terrifying.
  • The collapse of the mineshaft created a whirlpool.
  • A whirlpool that became a powerful vortex.
  • A vortex that grew and grew until it became the biggest, scariest sinkhole in human history.
  • The entire lake was sucked down into a swirling mess of mud and also it is a terror.
  • The drilling platform was pulled in. 11 barges on the lake at the time went under.
  • Landslides started, bringing surrounding forest and countryside tumbling down into the sinkhole.
  • The canal flowing out the lake actually reversed, pulling the Gulf of Mexico up into the former-lake.
  • Imagine pulling the plug out your bathtub and having not only your entire house, but half your neighborhood go swirling down the drain.
  • Incredibly, this muddy vortex of horror didn’t kill a single human being.
  • 50-odd people all managed separate, miraculous escapes from what should have been certain death.

 

6. Baotou Toxic Lake

Inner Mongolia

Top 10 Unusual and Surprising Lakes Around the World

Top 10 Unusual and Surprising Lakes Around the World

  • Reports simply refer to it as the ‘Baotou toxic lake’.
  • Baotou is a manmade lake, created by the mining and also refining processes that give us the minerals to power our shiny iPhones.
  • As such, it is one of the most-polluted lakes anywhere on Earth.
  • Coming face-to-face with it is like stepping into a dystopian nightmare.
  • Most noteworthy that The surface is almost entirely black, a giant swathe of sludge that’s unremittingly bleak.

 

5. Lake Natron

Tanzania

Top 10 Unusual and Surprising Lakes Around the World

Top 10 Unusual and Surprising Lakes Around the World

  • A lake that magically turns anything that touches its surface into a frozen statue.
  • Hidden deep in east Africa, it is surrounded by the creepy stone statues of animals that strayed too close to its deadly waters.
  • Waters are filled with natron, a naturally-occurring compound that contains as much as a lot of sodium carbonate, and a bit of sodium bicarbonate.
  • They’re also dangerously hot and have an alkalinity of around pH 10.
  • Anything that tries to drink from the lake usually dies, quickly
  • For visitors, it represents a spectacularly horrible sight.
  • All around the lake are dead statues, often of birds that died when attempting to land on the water’s surface.

 

4. Kawah Ijen Crater Lake Java

Indonesia

Top 10 Unusual and Surprising Lakes Around the World

Top 10 Unusual and Surprising Lakes Around the World

  • While the shores of the lake burn and rage, the lake itself is basically one great big bath full of hydrochloric acid.
  • The thing’s got a pH of 0, and could melt anything you chuck in it as quickly as a pool of car battery acid.
  • Speaking of acid, the air around the lake is so full of the stuff that its almost essential to wear a gasmask while visiting.

 

3. Pitch Lake

Trinidad

Top 10 Unusual and Surprising Lakes Around the World

Top 10 Unusual and Surprising Lakes Around the World

  • Pitch Lake  have the most-apt name of any lake on Earth.
  • It is a lake made entirely from pitch asphalt, the same stuff we use to surface roads and so-on.
  • Pitch Lake is so thick in places that you can walk across it…

 

2. Lost Lake

Oregon

Top 10 Unusual and Surprising Lakes Around the World

Top 10 Unusual and Surprising Lakes Around the World

  • Every summer, mostly nine-foot deep, 85-acre lake quietly vanishes.
  • Every fall, it reappears again, as if nothing ever happened.
  • We don’t mean ‘most of it dries up’ or anything.
  • It utterly vanishes.
  • In its place, a pretty little meadow appears that has no trace of water in it at all.
  • The reason is Lava tubes.
  • In addition to that, They can be less than a foot across, or big enough to walk into.

 

1. Yellowstone Lake

USA

Top 10 Unusual and Surprising Lakes Around the World

Top 10 Unusual and Surprising Lakes Around the World

  • The lake as your teenage face, and the dome as a gross little spot that’s just starting to swell under the skin.
  • Over time, that spot is gonna swell up and up and up, until it’s ripe and ready to pop.
  • In addition to that, Only it won’t be a little jet of pus that comes out.

 

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