The summer holidays may be over, but I sincerely hope you had a good one. If you didn’t, then it’s time you started planning for next year. To help you get it right next summer, Globemigrant has brought you a few great options in exploring one great idea – lakes.
Lakes have been the hottest thing since Michael Jordan’s final Game 6 shot against Utah at the 1998 NBA Finals. For a basketball fan, that’s saying a lot. It is on this note that I introduce the most amazing lakes in the world. Prepare to be dazzled!
10. Jellyfish Lake Palau
No lake gets you as close to nature as the Jellyfish Lake. Located at the heart of the Philipines, it is home to millions of golden and moon jellyfish. The lake stays linked to the ocean by passing through tunnels found within the limestone of a very old Miocene reef.
Despite this, the 12,000-year-old Jellyfish Lake is well isolated with a distinct ecosystem that provides for various species, including saltwater crocodiles.
9. Caspian Sea
The Caspian Sea has a greater significance than being the largest lake in the world. The northern part of the lake, known as the Caspian Depression, is one of the lowest points on our planet.
This sea plays host to various fauna including sturgeons, the largest freshwater fish in the world. It is also the habitat of the spur-thighed tortoise, Caspian turtle, and the Caspian Seal, the world’s only aquatic mammal.
8. Lake Superior
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Located on the Canadian border with the United States, Lake Superior has the largest surface area of freshwater in the world. But, that is not why it makes this list.
Lake Superior’s documented history dates back to 10,000 years after the last ice age. The lake is home to over 80 different species of fish.
7. Lake Victoria
For those looking forward to a visit to Africa, Lake Victoria is a must-see. It is the third-largest lake in the world and the second-largest freshwater lake in the world.
It receives about 80% of the water it gets from direct rainfall. The lake also hosts various exotic fish species such as the Nile Perch and the nearly extinct native Cichlids.
6. Boiling Lake
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Take a hike to the heart of the Dominican and visit one of the hidden wonders of the world. Boiling Lake is intriguing and should be visited only for sightseeing. Should you be keen on taking a hike at the Boiling Lake, there are many boiling lake hike service operators within Dominica.
The hike usually starts at Laudat, through the Valley of Desolation and unto the lake itself. In any case, the closest a boiling lake hike should take you, should be to the edges of the water. This is because the water temperature is about 92 degrees Celsius.
Hence, any action that involves an actual dip in the water would most likely be fatal. This second-largest hot lake in the world is permanently veiled by vapor clouds and ever‐bubbling water.
5. Laguna Colorada
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The Laguna Colorada creates an experience of being in another world. The water of this lake is blood red, a product of the thriving red algae, The water is also tinted by sediments which can be found there.
Also visible are wired white islands that are made of borax, an ingredient in most detergents. Lastly, the pink flamingoes that are often found wading in the waters of the Laguna Colorada add to the surreal atmosphere.
4. Lake Baikal
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Found in Southern Russia within the Siberian Region is the deepest lake on earth. Lake Baikal, in addition to being the deepest lake on earth, is one of the hottest lakes on earth.
Lake Baikal is the largest freshwater lake in the world in terms of volume. The ‘nature lake’, as the English translation of its Mongolian name suggests, hosts thousands of animal and plant species. These species are unlikely to be found elsewhere.
The lake is also ranked top amongst the oldest lakes on earth. It is more than 25 million years old. It was also named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
3. Lake Tahoe
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Like its Siberian counterpart, Lake Tahoe is one of the deepest lakes on earth. It is also a large freshwater lake. This lake is also pretty old having being formed about 2 million years ago.
Lake Tahoe is home to a beautiful mountain scenery, a large number of outdoor recreation spots, and ski resorts. It is also a major tourist attraction.
2. Dead Sea
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Sharing boundaries with Jordan, Israel and the West Bank is the second saltiest lake in the world. The Dead Sea’s salinity is the reason no animals flourish and boats sail within its depths.
The Dead sea has been a major tourist attraction for thousands of years. It is also a source of various health and food products, such as the balms used in Egyptian mummification and potash used in fertilizers.
1. Plitvice Lakes
Rather than being a single lake, the Plitvice Lakes are a connection of 16 lakes linked by a spectacular waterfall. The lakes are in the depths of a woodland filled with rare bird species, wolves, deer, boars, and bears.
These lakes each have their distinctive colors that may range from green to grey to azure or blue, depending on factors such as the angle of sunlight, organisms in the water, and minerals.
These the most amazing lakes in the world. Although the largest lake in the world makes the list, this list of hottest lakes is selected by how beautiful and unique the scenery and fauna found there are. So if you want to make next year’s summer more exciting than this year’s, this is a list for you.