Lakes have always been these calm, scenic waterbodies that we love to go to for a walk or a picnic, or just to get some refreshing air. But some of the most bizarre lakes around the world are not suitable for any of those things. Why? Let’s find out.
The name says it all. Located in Morne Trois Pitons National Park in Dominica, the temperature of the water at the edges of the lake measures 180 to 197 °F (82–92 °C)! This actively boiling lake is filled with greyish water that bubbles over and the steam produced from the boiling hangs over it, giving it a very ethereal look.
Containing roughly 20% of the world’s unfrozen surface fresh water, this rift lake in Southern Siberia is the deepest, the clearest and the largest freshwater lake in the world. In fact, rumour has it that it’s the oldest lake in the world as well.
Lake Taal – LAKECEPTION!
This freshwater lake sits on a large volcanic caldera in the island of Luzon in the Philippines. The Volcano Island within the Taal Lake has another crater lake, called the Main Crater Lake, which in turn houses the Vulcan Point, which is the largest instant in the world of an Island within a Lake on an Island within a Lake on an Island!
Also known as the Red Lagoon, in Bolivia close to the Chilean border, the breathtaking red waters of the lake are punctuated by white borax islands and are also home to a number of indigenous birds like flamingos.
This largest natural deposit of asphalt in the world in southwest Trinidad has actual pitch deposits, which have actually been used for road construction purposes.
This collection of 16 crystalline lakes that tumble into each other through a series of small waterfalls and rapids are now a part of the largest national park in Croatia – the Plitvice Lakes National Park.
This crater lake in Cameroon is known to frequently suffocate people to death when the pocket of magma that lies beneath it leaks carbon dioxide into the water, turning it into carbonic acid, which releases harmful fumes.
Don Juan Pond
You’d think that a lake in the coldest place on the planet – Antarctica would be frozen solid. But the high salt content present in this hypersaline lake – Don Juan Pond in the frozen continent keeps it in its liquid form throughout winter.
Bordered by the river Jordan and the country of Israel, the Dead Sea is actually a lake, which is the second saltiest water body in the world. Its highly saline waters prevent any form of vegetation or marine life to flourish here. This high salt content of this lake is conducive to floating on its waters.
This huge lake in Kazakhstan is unique because of the anomaly in the salt content of its waters. The western part of the lake is freshwater, while the eastern half is saline.
Mt Mazama Crater Lake
Another interesting crater lake is that one in the collapsed caldera of the volcano Mt Mazama in the United States.
Pink Lake is a salt lake in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia. It covers about 3 km and sometimes changes colour as well. The water isn’t toxic, and extremely salinity which makes the divers float like a boat on the surface.
Due to the high mineral content of the Spotted Lake in Canada, there are frequent mineral deposits that dot the entire surface of the lake, giving it a weirdly spotted appearance.
Which one of these most bizarre lakes around the world would you love to visit?