Ten majestic lakes that reveal how wonderful our world is
There are many breathtaking places on Earth that inspire, enchant, and remind you that nature is the best artist there is. Bright Side chose ten picturesque and amazing lakes to show you just how beautiful nature can be.
Moraine Lake, Canada
Moraine is a glacial lake in Banff National Park in Canada. Glaciers feed the lake, so its maximum depth occurs in June. The light refraction at the lake’s stony floor imparts a magnificent blue colour to the water. Moraine is one of the most photographed spots in Canada, and it's not hard to see why - it looks like a true paradise.
Crater Lake, Oregon, USA
Crater Lake is located in the crater of an extinct volcano, Mount Mazama, which was last active 7,000 years ago. The main point of interest at the lake is Wizard Island, which was dubbed the Phantom Ship because of its appearance. In the dark, it looks like a ship at sea. Also in Crater Lake there's a huge log called ''the old man of the lake.'' It has vertically drifted in the lake for more than 100 years, and they say that it brings luck to anyone who sees it.
Abraham Lake, Canada
Abraham Lake is an artificial lake that was created during the construction of a dam in the 1970s. The unusual patterns which appear in the thick ice when it freezes attract many tourists and photographers. The secret of this miracle is that the methane bubbles that are produced by the plants of the lake rise up from the bottom and thicken at a different depth, creating this amazing visual effect.
Lake Hiller, Australia
Pink Lake Hiller is located on Middle Island in Western Australia. A narrow strip of sand dunes detaches it from the ocean, and it has the shape of an oval, with evergreen eucalyptuses growing all around it. The origin of the lake’s pink colour is still a riddle. While scientists continue to solve it, tourists all over the world admire this astonishing natural wonder.
Melissani Lake, Greece
Melissani is the name of both a cave and a lake that are situated on the eastern coast of the Greek island Kefalonia. The cave’s arch fell in several thousand years ago, which created a peculiar well of an uneven shape in the middle. The subterranean kingdom is illuminated with beams of sunlight that come through the hole and make the water a light-blue colour. Tourists love this romantic place.
Peyto Lake, Canada
Another marvelous place in Banff National Park is Peyto Lake. The reservoir has an unusual shape resembling a wolf’s head, and it has an almost tropical colour that stands out against the background of green trees. Rock particles from melted snow give the lake this unique turquoise shade, and it makes Peyto look just magical.
Five Colour Pond, China
Five Colour Pond dazzles with iridescent colours in the Chinese National Park called Jiuzhaigou or the ''Valley of Nine Fortified Villages''. The pond got this name because it can change its colour from yellow to diamond blue, and the pond never freezes. Because of its mysterious qualities, the pond thrills the local population.
Lake Titicaca, the border of Peru and Bolivia
Lake Titicaca is called the cradle land of the Incan civilization and other Andes people. This large mountain lake is located on the border of Peru and Bolivia and has attracted attention because of many legends surrounding the lake. One of the most famous tells about the gold of the Incas that was hidden from Spanish conquistadors. Adventurous people and treasure seekers would relish the place.
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
The world's biggest evaporated lake is in Bolivia. The salt pan was formed when the lake it was originated from was cut off from all supply springs. The water evaporated, and the plain got covered with a thick layer of salt. The salt pan is popular not because of the amount of salt, but because of the rain effect in this place. Overflowing on the surface, the water creates an incredibly thin and big ''mirror.'' They say that at this time it is impossible to say where the earth ends and the sky begins. It's an enchanting sight!
Lake Baikal, Russia
One song calls Baikal not a lake, but a sea: ''Glorious sea, the holy Baikal.'' This isn’t surprising. Being the deepest lake and the biggest source of fresh water, Baikal boggles the imagination. The water is crystal clear and the nature of the region is unique in the combination of different plant types. Lake Baikal, the Siberian treasure, is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.