The world we live in is full of mystery and wonder. Few things on Earth combine those two emotions as much as lakes. These beautiful bodies of water can be the bluest of blue, or multi-colored seascapes of deep depths. They can be what dreams or made of while also keeping dark secrets underneath. One stunning lake is even hidden two miles beneath Antarctica’s frozen surface. These are the most mysterious and beautiful lakes in the world.
Lake Hillier In Australia
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Anyone tired of seeing blue lakes will be happy to know that’s not the only color they come in. Lake Hillier, located in Western Australia, is colored cotton candy pink, and scientists think they know why.
At the bottom of the lake, there is a bacteria that has grown over time and gives off a pink hue. It is this dye effect that is believed to be the reason Lake Hillier is colored this way.
Five Flower Lake In China
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A lake with varying shades of blue, Five Flower Lake is nestled in China’s Jiuzhaigou Valley Natural Reserve. Considered to be enchanted by locals, the rainbow-brushed lake landscape is also commonly referred to as “Fairyland.”
Fallen trees decorate the bottom of the lake, which creates a world of wonder just beneath the greenish-blue surface. The changing colors of the water are caused by a limestone lakebed and algae that live among the trees.
Jellyfish Lake In Palau
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The aptly named Jellyfish Lake in Palau is filled to the brim with rare and harmless jellyfish. Tourists have flocked to the lake for years to take a dip with the mysterious sea creatures.
Even stranger, at one point in the recent history of the lake the jellyfish all disappeared. Scientists credited increased water temperature as a result from El Niño. When the water temperature began dropping in 2000, the jellyfish population began to return, and was declared stable in 2012.
Spotted Lake In British Columbia, Canada
This lake located in Osoyoos, in British Columbia, is named fairly literally. Known as Spotted Lake, it is littered with what look like giant spots to the naked eye. These spots are the results of large amounts of minerals in the lake that cause crystallization.
During the summer months, this turns into walkways all over the lake. Because of the phenomena, ancient people in the area believed it was supernatural and regarded Spotted Lake as sacred.
Lake Baikal In Russia
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The largest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Baikal is believed to be around 25 million years old. As a result of its age, it is visually unique with “cobwebs” of faunas and floras creating a creepy world under the ice during winter.
In 1996, Lake Baikal was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overall, it holds more water than the Great Lakes and is noted for being the world’s deepest natural lake.
Crater Lake In Oregon
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While it can’t compare its depth to that of Lake Baikal, Crater Lake in Oregon is the deepest lake in the United States. Not only is this stunning lake deep, but it is also very clear, and has some of the best visibility of any lake.
Isolated from other lakes, Crater Lake is one of the most well-preserved bodies of water, as well. The water that rests in the giant crater is naturally free from pollutants, making it nearly perfectly pure.
Plitvice Lakes In Croatia
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A series of lakes formed through natural cascades, the Plitvice Lakes in Croatia is one of the most beautiful and idyllic tourist attractions in the world. The rushing water that fills these lakes has also eroded the surrounding limestone into natural dams separating the bodies of water.
Located in the Plitvice Lakes National Park, these waters are open to the public and are considered one of the area’s main attractions. Every year, more than one million visitors take in these scenic rushing waters.
Badain Jaran Desert Lakes In China And Mongolia
Normally, when exploring the desert you would expect to find a barren landscape devoid of water. In the Badain Jaran Desert, that’s not the case. The sandy landscape is home to several unique lakes that were formed from underground springs.
The Badain Jaran Desert lakes rest between the sand dunes of the harsh area and are replenished by the precipitation from nearby snow-topped mountains. Few lakes you’ll find are as mysterious as the ones that prove sometimes mirages are real.
Lake Ysyk In Kyrgyzstan
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Located in a frigid alpine location, Lake Ysyk has a special trait – it never freezes. With a name that roughly translates to “hot lake,” the alpine wonder is home to so much geothermal activity and has such a high salinity that it is immune to its surroundings.
Resting at an elevation of 5,720 feet high and facing temperatures as low as negative 15 degrees Fahrenheit, Lake Ysyk has long been a hotbed for human activity thanks to its rich mineral resources.
Lake Nyasa In Africa
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Bordering Mozambique and Tanzania, Lake Nyasa stretches more than 350 miles and is home to one of the most bio-diverse populations on the planet. Because of the amount of land it covers, along with the kinds of environments it stretches across, there are more than 1,000 species of fish in the lake.
In context, that huge quantity of fish is equal to 15 percent of all freshwater fish species known today. That’s a whole lot of fish!
Taal Lake In The Philippines
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Housing a lake within a lake makes Taal Lake in the Philippines offers one of the most breathtaking views in the world. The third-largest lake in the Philippines, it was created through volcanic activity, which also led to the formation of Volcano Island.
Volcano Island is in the middle of the lake and has the second lake in its crater. Taal Volcano sits underneath it and is still considered an active volcano.
Lake Hévíz In Hungary
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One of the most popular lakes in the world, Lake Hévíz is famous worldwide for its wondrous health benefits. It is the largest geothermal lake in the world with an average temperature of 101 degrees Fahrenheit.
The lake is surrounded by bathing sheds so that visitors can take advantage of the heat. Spending a day in the water can reportedly aid in relieving arthritic pain and inflammation along with other health benefits.
Loch Ness In Scotland
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Perhaps the most famous mysterious lake of them all, Loch Ness has long held the attention of the world. Most well-known for the legend of the Loch Ness monster, the cold and deep lake is a mystery lover’s dream come true.
Those curious to go monster hunting can join cruises on the lake. Those feeling even braver can set out on their own to try and catch a glimpse of the elusive cryptid.