Top 10 Unusual and Amazing Lakes

Living here in Wales, UK I am lucky enough to be surrounded by beautiful lakes to visit. From Lake Vyrnwy, Llyn Trawsfynydd and the mighty Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake) in the summer they are all stunning a great place to visit and walk about. But those lakes I just mentioned are nothing compared to this lot…

 


Top 10 Unusual and Amazing Lakes


 

Plitvice Lake
Plitvice Lake

10 – Plitvice Lake: Croatia

This isn’t the world of Avatar, but it is rather close. This lake is often called The Paradise Lake and with very good reason. This picturesque park has no less than 16 incredible blue-green waterfalls (that are above 20ft) flowing over the limestone and chalk lakes and pools. Some say it is the garden of Eden, I say it is not far of it!

The Red Lake
The Red Lake

9 – The Red Lake: Bolivia

Why are flamingos pink? Well, we all know that it is due to the red brine shrimp they eat. But years ago people thought that it was because they had all stopped here at the Red Lake and bathed in its waters! The lake contains borax  which is the white colour islands you see and the reddish colour of its waters are caused by red sediments and algae.

Peyto Lake
Peyto Lake

8 – Peyto Lake: Canada

Peyto Lake is basically a melted glacier in the Banff National Park. During the summer months, the amount of glacial rock water flowing into the lake doubles and these tiny microscopic rock particles give the lake a very bright turquoise colour.

Flathead Lake
Flathead Lake

7 – Flathead Lake: USA.

What you are looking at in the image is not a camera trick, no “Photoshop” edit, and not a real flying boat! This is Flathead Lake in Montana, USA and the water is so transparent that the clarity of its waters is renowned! It is said that in the summer you can clearly see downwards in twenty feet of the water!

Hiller Lake
Hiller Lake

6 – Hiller Lake, Western Australia

A bubble gum pink lake is strange enough, but unlike most other pink lakes in the World scientists have never been able to decisively prove why Hiller lake is pink! It is widely thought that the colour arises from a dye created by organisms “Dunaliella salina” and “Halobacteria” or maybe it is red halophilic bacteria in the salt crusts, or maybe it is just a trick of the light, whatever the reason it’s amazing and nothing will take that away from it.

Carerra Lake
Carerra Lake

5 – Carerra Lake, Chile

For over 6,000 years, the waves off Carerra Lake have been hitting the calcium carbonate rock face and over time has created one of the smoothest caves in the World, with stunning swirling blue walls the cavern that the lake flows into is truly one of the most amazing things you will ever see.

Shimshal Lake
Shimshal Lake

4 – Shimshal Lake: Pakistan

While nothing special in both size and location, this amazing lake holds its own by being the World’s only natural forming heart shape! Strangely it wasn’t until 2005 when the road got opened up to Shimshal village that people other than locals knew about it!

Gippsland Lake
Gippsland Lake

3 – Gippsland Lake, Australia

In the day time, Gippsland lake looks like pretty much any other lake in the World! But at night this 600 square kilometre lake system comes to life. What you are seeing in the image it a beautiful phenomenon caused by the presence of a microorganism called Noctiluca scintillans or as the locals call it “The Sparkle”.

Lake Baikal
Lake Baikal

2 – Lake Baikal: Russia

At just over 25 million years old this is widely considered to be the World’s oldest lake. But it is not just the oldest! It is also one of the deepest and clearest lakes in the World as well, and with well over 1700 animals and plant species it is also one of the most important.

Five-Flower Lake
Five-Flower Lake

1 – Five-Flower Lake: China

Five Flower Lake (Wǔhuā Hǎi) is the pride of Jiuzhaigou Valley. Colourful leaves are gathered in the lake front and because the water contains calcium carbonate as well as hydrophytes it makes it look like it’s made up of several colours, but the most striking features is at the bottom of the lake that is covered with ancient trees that have fallen in and settled over time creating a strange black criss-cross effect.

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  7. These lakes are amazing. I will add that some of them are seasonal so if you are planning to visit any of them I would make sure it is the right time of the year.

  8. They are all gorgeous in their own way – no idea they existed. What I find interesting in the pink lake is that it doesn’t seem to be very far from the sea – wonder how that happened? They are a true delight for the eyes – Nature’s eye candy.

  9. looking for flights to Montana…

    Great post, dude! You’re right about the lakes in North Wales; off biking round Llyn Cowlyd this weekend, should be awesome.

  10. May be may not be but you never know what mother nature has in its embrace, still away from reach of man. I saw this movie ‘Sanctum’ and it gave a pretty much idea about this sort of beauty, because it was based on a true story.

  11. Isn’t nature wonderful! In my country we have a phenomenon known, rather prosaically, as the ‘Blue and Green Lakes’ Sited in volcano country and separated by a narrow ridge, one is bright green and the other bright blue.

    Another great list Russell, most enjoyable over the morning coffee 🙂

  12. Err… what I mean is that you can’t walk around too close to the pink lake… it’s off-limits to humans. There are a bunch of places in Australia that are out of bounds to people… there are a number of places we used to be able to go and gawk at that are now verboten to people because of the damage we have done to them.

    (delete/edit this post if you want Russell…)

  13. Another great list Russell!

    I’m almost certain that Hiller Lake, Western Australia, is off-limits to humans at ground level, and you can only see the pink colour from the sky.

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