The Amazing lakes of the world
The majority of large and small lakes is not only a source of drinking water, but also important tourist sites.
Before you eight amazing lakes in the world. Let’s find out what exactly they are remarkable and why they are worth seeing.
Titicaca: the largest reserves of fresh water mountain lake
Where: South America; Peru and Bolivia
Its area is comparable to the size of Crete — about 8300 sq km. From the plane it looks like a sea, but when viewed from the shore in places is reminiscent of a marsh overgrown with reeds. The people here move carefully, looking at the ground, as they walk on muddy dirt. Cane everywhere and do everything — clothes, hats, bags, home and the island on which they live. There is a legend that long ago the Aymara Indians, crossing his pirogue in the lake, were on the territory of the Incas. To get the two peoples failed, but to go home the proud Aymara did not — decided that it will float on the lake. Since they live on the reed Islands, rafts, decoration reminiscent of the ancient Egyptian court.
Change: the high-mountain crater lake
Where there are: Asia; on the border of China and North Korea.
The shoreline of this lake is situated at a height of 2189 m above sea level, so Change called “Heavenly lake”. It is surrounded by winding mountain trails, on which you can ride on horseback. Change associated with several North Korean legends. According to legend, to the shores of a mountain lake with heaven Hanun, whose son founded the Korean state Cocoon. Second in the ranking of the popularity of the myth about Kim Jong Il: a local man seriously I assure tourists that the son of the founder of the DPRK Kim Il Sung was born here, on the shore of the lake.
Crater: one of the cleanest lakes
Where located: North America; USA
You can reach it by car or tour bus, which departs from the city of Ashland. 53-km road circling the lake, opens late spring and closes for the winter in October but in the summer months, travelling on it, see the amazing views. The Indian tribe Klamath lake is considered sacred, they kept its location secret until the mid-nineteenth century, not allowing him to white explorers. The first white who saw the lake in 1853, was John Wesley Hillman. He called it “Deep blue lake”, and in 1902, Theodore Roosevelt declared the area a national Park lake. Its main attractions — a small volcanic island called “Voodoo”, and “lake man” — a nine-metre beam, a vertically floating in the water for more than a century.
Nakuru: Flamingo inhabited lake
Where: Africa; Kenya
140 km from the Kenyan capital of Nairobi is lake Nakuru is the home of small flamingos. Tens of thousands of birds, sitting and flying up, form a canvas of various shades of pink. Flamingos are not the only inhabitants of the lake: in addition to them there are fed the pelicans, cormorants, many species of ducks, herons, black terns — a total of about 400 species of birds. The lake is part of the national Park, so tourists who travelled to its shores, along the way can see zebras, hippos, giraffes, antelopes, lions, cheetahs and leopards.
Kliluk: consisting of the largest number of small lakes
Where located: North America; Canada
In the summer most of the water in the lake Kliluk is evaporated and the remaining minerals harden and form a “path” between the 365 small lakes, from which it was called “Spotted lake”. Interestingly, no close hotel or souvenir shop. In 1979, businessman Ernest slim attempted to start a resort, but the initiative immediately stopped the Indians. Twenty years indigenous people have fought for the preservation of the lake and its surroundings in its original form, and in 2001 succeeded! They bought the property and made a lake Kliluk reserve.
Jiuzhaigou: non-freezing lake without a single thermal source
Where there are: Asia; China
Every day hundreds of tourist buses taking tourists on the scenic route along the curved lakes and rushing waterfalls, surrounded by bamboo thickets. The trip takes an hour, but if there are no clouds, then the nature reserve of Jiuzhaigou from Chengdu can be reached in 40 minutes. The main attraction of the reserve — Lake five colors, which does not freeze in winter. At first scientists thought this is because of benthic hot springs, but discover they still failed. The lake bottom is covered with trunks of trees, and the idea is that the water should be cloudy, but for unexplained reason, it still remains clear and clean.
Peach lake: a lake of asphalt
Where: the Caribbean; Trinidad and Tobago
The lake consists of liquid natural asphalt, of which there are about 6 million tonnes: scientists estimate that it will last another 400 years. However, its surface is not only thick, steaming asphalt in the district a lot of places where it is possible to swim, so Peach lake annually attracts about 20,000 people. On the shore there is a tourist center and Museum, which exhibits artifacts, at different times extracted from the water — for example, native American pottery or the bones of a giant sloth.
Hiller: the world’s only pink lake
Where: Australia; Recherche archipelago
Lake Hiller is famous because its waters are colored in pink. Scientists are still struggling to unravel the mystery that gives it such an unusual color. There was speculation that the reason the algae, but studies of water samples showed that it is not so: there is no algae that contribute to the pink color. The lake is surrounded by a belt of white salt and eucalyptus evergreen forest. And there is another unique feature of this reservoir: all known photos were taken from the height of bird’s flight, because Western Australian Middle island, on which is a lake closed to tourists.