Top 10 Unusual and Surprising Lakes Around the World
Here is the Top 10 Unusual and Surprising Lakes Around the World
10. Gafsa Lake
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.