Perhaps Baikal is the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to great lakes. Fairly, he’s beautiful. However, this time we will offer the sacred sea a break from the constant interest of the public and go on a journey across different countries and continents in search of 10 of its no less interesting brothers. So, the most unusual and unique lakes in the world .
- Mid Island, Australia
Back in 1802, on the island of Mid Island in Australia, the navigator Matthew Flinders decided to climb the highest hill and see where his next journey led. Then an outlandish lake caught his eye. It was pink in color and its waters were salty. The British citizen was surprised at his find and wrote about it in his journal. This is how Lake Hillier appeared on the world map, named by Flinders in honor of a crew member who died of dysentery during the expedition.
The lake retains its bright color to this day and it is absolutely safe for swimming. But getting to it is already more difficult, there is no water connection on the island, and therefore you can only get to the most amazing lake in the world by air.
2. Lake Medusa
- Eil Malk Island, Palau
How about spending time surrounded by 700,000 graceful beauties in one of the most exotic places in the world? Welcome to Palau, the dream of the bravest travelers. The unique 12,000-year-old Lake Jellyfish has been attracting adventure seekers for several decades. Due to the absence of predators, its inhabitants – golden and moon jellyfish, do not have stinging cells and are not able to sting anyone. Here you can swim absolutely safely, as well as entertain yourself by watching the migration of bizarre creatures during the day.
Keep in mind that from 2020 the republic will introduce a law banning sunscreens that can harm the local environment. A wise decision for the good of nature.
3. Lake Skovoroda
- Waimangu, New Zealand
Does your wife prefer a hot bath? Send it to New Zealand to the world’s largest hot spring. But, if you love your spouse dearly, then do not let you get too close to him. The fact is that the water temperature in the lake is 50-60 ° C, which is unacceptable for swimming. It was formed in the summer of 1886 after the explosion of the Tarawera volcano. It was one of the most destructive eruptions in the world. The reservoir emits carbon monoxide and hydrogen sulphide, which is why steam stands above it all the time – hence the name of the picturesque lake, which reminds tourists of a hot frying pan.
4. Dead Sea
An unusual lake is located between Israel, Palestine and Jordan. The reservoir that separates the 3 countries is one of the saltiest on the planet. Probably, the reader has seen more than once photographs of people, carelessly reading a newspaper right in the water. Tourists flock here for wellness treatments, and scientists continue to study its depths with interest.
The Dead Sea was popular in biblical times and remains so today. But the world is worried – because of the amount of salt, the water level in it decreases by more than a meter every year. At the moment, a lot of research is being done to save a beloved and so significant place in the Holy Land.
5. Don Juan
- Victoria Land, Antarctica
If the reader did not have enough salinity of the Dead Sea, we suggest going to Antarctica to the reservoir with the romantic name Don Juan. It is named so in honor of John Roe and John Hickey, who discovered the lake in 1961, flying over it in a helicopter. And they could have flown quietly by, but travelers were attracted by the fact that at a temperature of -30 ° C, the water in the lake was not covered with ice.
It is surprising that the amount of salt in the lake does not allow it to freeze, even in winter at -53 ° C, when it would seem that even the blood in the veins freezes. The average depth of Don Juan is only 0.1 meters, so there is not much to swim in it. However, the views are simply magnificent.
6. Lake Crater
- Oregon, USA
Crater Lake is so special and unique that a national park was named after it. In the old days, Indians came here to search for great meanings and predictions of the future.
Incredibly clean and transparent, Crater was formed thanks to sediments in the caldera of the Mazama volcano. This happened slowly, but over time, the lake reached 1220 meters in depth. It has a deep blue color that you can admire endlessly. In the middle of this beauty there is an unusual attraction – the “Old Man of the Lake”. This is a log that once fell into a body of water and has been floating in it in an upright position for the last 100 years.
The best time to visit the lake is from May to October – at this time the road is open for all nature lovers.
7. Lake Nyos
- Menchum, Cameroon
The time has come for scary stories. August 12, 1986 Night. A resident of western Cameroon and a mother of many children hears a quiet explosion in her sleep, but does not pay attention to it and returns to sleep. When she wakes up, she finds that four of her children are dead, and the rest are choking with coughs. On that fateful night, Nyos killed nearly 2,000 people and 3,500 head of livestock. Carbon dioxide released from the reservoir spread to at least 4 villages. Locals complained about the smell of rotten eggs in the air. The concentration of hydrogen sulphide was exceeded and, possibly, this was the cause of mass deaths.
Dozens of years later, residents began to return to their native shores. It remains to be hoped that such a catastrophe will never happen again.
- Dalina Similkamen, Canada
In the only desert of Canada, there is a spotted lake with the cute name of Kliluk. It is famous for the fact that it contains a large amount of minerals – sulfates of magnesium, calcium, sodium and other elements. In summer, when the water evaporates, minerals begin to appear over the entire surface of the lake in the form of spots of different colors.
Now only local Indians of the Okanagan tribe are allowed to approach the reservoir. For them, it is a place of power that the ancient people use for medical purposes. Tourists are allowed to admire the lake from the side in order to preserve the local ecology in this way.
9. Lake Nakuru
- Nakuru, Kenya
Speaking about the most unique lakes in the world, it is impossible not to mention one of the wonders of Africa – Lake Nakuru. The water in it is salty, which contributed to the development of a huge amount of algae, which, fortunately for all photographers in the world, adore flamingos. In especially food-rich seasons, up to 1.5 million pink beauties can be counted here. There are also many other birds and exotic animals in the national park. Undoubtedly, this is one of the best places to enjoy the wild nature and its unusual colors.
10. Caspian Sea
We will conclude our list of unique lakes on the planet with a story about a very unusual and slightly confusing political history. Located between Europe and Asia, the Caspian is called both the sea and the lake. On the one hand, it has no runoff, and on the other, its slightly salty waters and the size itself (about 370,000 km²) indicates that it is still a sea.
It is considered the largest enclosed reservoir in the world, rich in valuable minerals. The famous lake washes the shores of as many as 5 countries – Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Iran. For 22 years after the collapse of the USSR, the status of the Caspian was in question. It turns out that according to international law, seas and lakes are divided according to different principles. Iran wanted to divide it equally among the rest of the countries, but its neighbors did not agree and insisted on the law of the sea. As a result, in 2018 the Caspian Sea received its own special status. Now its bottom is considered to be the sea, and the water column is considered to be a lake. However, despite such a difficult situation, this does not prevent the active development of tourism in the region.