Strange Lakes: TO DIP OR NOT TO DIP?
There are many strange lakes in the world such as the boiling cauldron of water in the West Indies, a flamingo-coloured expanse in Western Australia, a lake stuffed to the gills with jellyfish in Thailand, Laguna Colorada, a 23-mile russet red lake in Bolivia; Medicine Lake in Canada, which drains away every winter like an enormous bathtub, lake berryessa which has the world’s largest hole in it, a man shaped lake in brazil, not to mention the Dead Sea, which still attracts millions of visitors keen to float in its soothing buoyant waters.
Because lakes are mostly landlocked bodies of water which are therefore self-contained ecosystems, they are our planet’s experimental mixing pots with the uncanny ability to evolve in different ways and reveal anomalous creatures found nowhere else on Earth.
Some lakes are the site of catastrophic historical events like meteor strikes or volcanic eruptions, and others harbour ancient secrets or unique geology. Here are some of the strange lakes. Tell us, to dip or not to dip?
Palau’s Jellyfish lake
The first thing that comes to mind when you look at the picture is the horror of someone getting stung to death by millions of jellies. That seems to be the opposite as this Jellies are very peaceful and I can assure you that taking a dip with these golden jellyfish is an unearthly, but strangely enjoyable experience. The glowing orbs of pink and purple, ranging in size from a penny to a football, evolved without the ability to sting, and are the only such known species of jellyfish.
These soft-as-jelly lake dwelling creatures do nothing more than float about basking in the sunlight as visitors to the lake snorkel through them. TO DIP OR NOT TO?–hmmn i duuno, can’t decide.
Looks like a strawberry milkshake right? No its not! Its all algae. Lake Hillier is a pink-coloured lake on Middle Island, the largest of the islands and islets that make up the Recherche Archipelago in Western Australia. Its striking colour is due to the presence of algae that produces carotenoids. Only a narrow stretch of eucalyptus-tree-covered coastline separates this coloured lake from the sapphire blue Southern Ocean. NOT TO DIP.
Laguna Colorada, Bolivia
The burgundy colour of this 23-square-mile stretch of water is down to the plankton, red algae, and a range of other microorganisms. This russet-red lake may well have fuelled the imagination of Salvador Dali, who once traveled to this far reach of Bolivia, as it is now called Dali Valley. NOT TO DIP.
Dead Sea, Israel/Jordan
Ten times saltier than almost any other sea on earth (35 percent compared to 3.5 percent) this body of water is actually a lake which is said to have healing powers for skin and joints, and at 1,486 feet below sea level, is the lowest place on earth. Travellers come from all corners of the globe to float on its surface. TO DIP….maybe.
Lake Natron, Rift Valley, Tanzania
Lake Natron literally turns animals into stone. Petrified bats and birds are regularly found washed ashore here, as this forbidding lake which reaches temperatures of up to 140 degrees literally turns into animals into stone. It is thought that the lake’s reflective surface tricks birds into diving in, where they soon meet a petrifying end. NOT TO DIP- Horror!
Lake McKenzie, Australia
This breath-taking beauty is located on Fraser Island, a 75-mile-long sand bar in the Coral Sea. The 370-acre size lake is completely fed by freshwater from the clouds, and is therefore too acidic to sustain aquatic life, plants or animals. It’s a World Heritage Site abounding with natural and undisturbed wildlife, landscape, and crystal clear fresh water lake. DEFINATELY TO DIP- Bliss!
Lake Nyos, Cameroon
A crater lake in the Northwest Region of Cameroon in Africa is extremely deep and quite dangerous. It flanks an inactive volcano and sits atop a pocket of magma that leaks enough carbon dioxide to turn the water carbonic. In fact, there’s enough carbon dioxide in this lake to kill.
In 1986, Lake Nyos caused one of the largest unusual natural disasters in recorded history when it literally blew up, sending a torrent of water 300 feet into the air, followed by a small tsunami to the lake’s shores. Then a toxic carbon dioxide cloud suffocated 1,746 people and 3,500 livestock in three days.
Scientists however introduced a system of piping; a degassing tube which siphons water from the bottom of the lake to allow the CO2 to leak in safe quantities. But if an earthquake or other big natural disaster strikes, a weakening natural wall on the lake could result in a deluge of downstream villages all the way to Nigeria, allowing much more carbon dioxide to escape. Nigeria ke? God forbid! – NOT DIPPING O.
Nanchin lake, Nigeria
Similar to Lake Nyos in terms of its eruption from below the earth surface is Nanchin Lake in Enugu, Nigeria, measuring up to 120-170 meters in width. According to a local reporter, some Fulani herdsmen heard an explosion on the evening of November 11 2013. And on getting to the point where the explosion occurred they saw some water gushing out of the ground.
The lake was alleged to have appeared about three times in the last 80 years, and had surfaced and disappeared in the same place in 1992. This lake has since become a pilgrimage center as the people believe it has healing abilities.
Man shaped lake in brazil
No details have been provided about the existence of this large obviously man-made lake. Its about 140 metres in size (tall man) situated near Iacanga, São Paulo, Brazil. Just look at the image. Would you DIP?
Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
This lake is breathtakingly beautiful. Looking at the scenery alone brings tears of wonder. How magnificent can GOD be? The landscape scenery looks like a scene straight out of the movie Avatar.
The Plitvice Lakes in Croatia are tiered and cascading, streaming with narrow waterfalls, one pouring into the next. The national park is world famous for its lakes arranged in cascades. Currently, 16 lakes can be seen from the surface. These lakes are a result of the confluence of several small rivers and subterranean karst rivers. The lakes are all interconnected and follow the water flow. They are separated by natural dams of travertine, which is deposited by the action of moss, algae, and bacteria.
The lakes are renowned for their distinctive colors, ranging from azure to green, grey or blue. The colors change constantly depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight. The national park area is home to many endemic species. Those species that prevailed at the lakes before the arrival of man still exit!
This is most definitely the winning lake of all. Its a must DIP, DIP AND DIP AGAIN!