Well, you might question what is so unique about the lakes in our world. So, let me tell you that this article on the top 10 exceptional lakes on Earth tells you about those lakes that have some most unique features not held by other lakes. Each lake is therefore unique in its own right and they definitely have countless visitors on their journey…
Five-Flower Lake – Multi-Coloured with Immersed Trunks
Also known as the Wuhua Hai, this lake is in the Jiuzhaigon National Park of China underneath the Panda Lake and over the Pearl Shoal waterfall. It is a shallow-watered, multi-coloured water pool filled with tree trunks. The colours range from yellow to green to blue. The reason that you can see these trunks at its bottom is its crystal clear water.
Lake Baikal – Deepest and Most Ancient
Known as the Blue Eye of Siberia in Russia, it is the largest freshwater lake that outweighs the combined water of all the North American great lakes. Formed in the old rift valley, the lake has a crescent shape and is the site where there are over a thousand plant species and animals of which over 60% are not seen anywhere else. Unbelievably, the lake is some 25 million years old and is now a World Heritage site.
Crater Lake – Holder of the Clearest Waters
Nowhere else you will find clear waters on Earth except in this caldera lake in Oregon. It is mystical due to its quite unusual aspects out of which one is that it is without any inlets or tributaries. In fact, within the lake, a deep caldera is seen that is quite deep formed around 4th century B.C. due to the crumbling of volcanic Mount Mazama. It is the deepest lake in the nation and the ninth deepest on the planet.
Plitvice Lakes – 16 Lakes with Attracting Waterfalls
Situated in Croatia, these are a complex of 16 lakes that are interlaced via mesmerizing waterfalls amidst a deep forest. What attracts visitors here is the colour of the lakes varying from azure, green, grey, and to blue; which keep on changing depending on the mineral deposits, angle of sunlight, and marine creatures. One can also see deer, bears, wolves, boars, and rare birds. Even this is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Red Lagoon – With White and Red Fusion
This is the Laguna Colorada (Red Lagoon) in the southwest of the Bolivian altiplano near the Chile border. The waters here are shallow, but salty and appear to be red amidst the borax islands, which are white in colour. The red colour of the waters is the result of the red sediments and pigmentation of algae.
Lake Titicaca – Most Traversable
This is the holder of some 41 islands on the boundary of Bolivia and Peru and has unmatchable beauty. Its location above the sea level is such that the lake is regarded as the most prominent crossable one on the planet. The lake’s waters come from rainfall and from the nearby glaciers. Spiritually, it is considered as the origin of the Incas.
Caspian Sea – Largest on Earth
This is considered the largest inland water body whose surface area is more than the combination of the other six lakes. The lake is the holder of 40% of the lacustrine waters found on the planet.
Boiling Lake – Hole in the Surface
Located in the Morne Trois Pitons National Park in Dominica, this is actually a hole in the Earth’s ground on the Caribbean. Most of its waters are greyish-blue in colour and are then covered with a layer of vapour.
Lake Balkhash – Fresh + Salty
The Lake Balkhash is in the southeast of Kazakhstan and is famous for its unusual feature – the 50%of its west is full of fresh water; whereas, the eastern half is the home of saline waters. Another feature is that it is shrinking day by day as the river that feeds it with water is changing its course. It is the second largest in Central Asia.
Lake Heviz – Holder of Curative Waters
This is the largest thermal lake on Earth in Hungary whose flow is quite strong. It is said that the lake is refilled almost every day its waters possess medicinal properties. This has led to the flourishing health tourism here. The lake’s other feature is its unique fauna and flora – all thanks to the climate and water’s chemical and radioactive contents of oxygen and low sulphuric compounds.
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