The MOST DANGEROUS lakes in the WORLD
There is little that can be as fresh and calming than clear water surface of the lake. Beautiful lakes fascinate you and attract you, while the thrill of diving in deep, calm water is incomparable to anything else in the world. But how many in the world beautiful, alluring gifts of nature, and just as many lakes, representing a deadly danger. This danger is the creatures lurking in the depths, poisonous gases and radiation, and other harmful factors. Sometimes these lakes appear because of the person but often it is the result of Mother nature. I present to you a selection of the most dangerous lakes in the world.
The name speaks for itself. Located on Dominica, a beautiful Caribbean island, this lake is actually the second largest natural hot spring on earth. The water temperature in the lake reaches a boiling 90 degrees Celsius and is unlikely to be willing to check the temperature of the source on their skin. Just look at the pictures and it becomes clear that water is almost boiling. The temperature cannot be adjusted, because it is the result of a crack on the bottom of the lake, through which erupts molten lava.
Despite its folksy name (horseshoe), located near the town of mammoth lakes lake Powell is a frightening killer. The town of mammoth lakes was built on top of an active volcano, and it’s not the best location. However, for many years the lake was considered safe. But about 20 years ago, the trees around Horse Horseshoe drastically began to dry up and die. After exclusion of all possible diseases, scientists have decided that the trees were choking on excessive levels of carbon dioxide, oozing through the earth from underground chambers of magma cooling. In 2006, the three travelers found shelter in a cave near the lake and suffocated by carbon dioxide.
Located in the beautiful Ural mountains of Russia, this deep blue lake is one of the most dangerous mass of water in the world. During a secret government project, for many years, since 1951, the lake was used as a dumping ground for radioactive waste. This place is so toxic that 5-minute visit can be cause of nausea, and a longer visit in the next hour is guaranteed to be fatal. During a drought in 1961, the wind blew toxic dust, affecting 500,000 people – a tragedy comparable to the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Definitely, this is one of the most polluted places on Earth.
This lake is situated on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda, with large layers of carbon dioxide at the base of volcanic rocks, as well as 55 billion cubic meters of methane per day. This explosive combination makes Lake Kivu the most deadly of the three exploding lakes in the world. Any earthquake or volcanic activity can pose a lethal threat to 2 million people living in the region. They can die from explosions of methane and suffocation with carbon dioxide.
Of the five Great lakes on the border of Canada and the United States, Lake Michigan is the most deadly. Warm, attractive lake – a popular holiday destination for many tourists, despite its dangerous underwater currents, carrying away at least a few lives every year. The shape of Lake Michigan makes it particularly susceptible to the dangerous currents that occur spontaneously and abruptly. The lake becomes more dangerous in the autumn, in October and November, when there are sudden and significant changes in the temperature of water and air. The height of the waves can reach several meters.
One of the most developed ecosystems in the world, lake Mono is situated in the eponymous district of California. This ancient salt lake has no fish, but trillions of bacteria and small algae thrive in its unique waters. Until 1941, this strikingly beautiful lake was healthy and strong. But stepped in Los Angeles, which was just beginning its huge growth spurt. The city drained the lake inlet, which began to dry up. This scandalous destruction of natural resources continued for almost 50 years and when it was halted in 1990, Mono lake had already lost half its volume, its salinity had doubled. Mono became a toxic alkaline lake, with lots of carbonates, chlorides and sulphates. Los Angeles decided to correct his mistake, but the restoration project will take decades.
Located in the oku Volcanic Field in Cameroon, Lake Monoun seems perfectly normal body of water. But his appearance is deceptive, because it is one of three explosive lakes on earth. In 1984, Monoun exploded without warning, throwing the cloud of carbon dioxide and killing 37 people. Twelve of the victims were riding in a truck and stopped to look at the consequences of the explosion. Just at this moment the lethal gas did the trick.
In 1986, Lake Nyos, located just 100 kilometers from Lake Monoun, exploded after eruption of magma and released carbon dioxide by converting water into carbon acid. The powerful landslide, the lake abruptly let out a giant cloud of carbon dioxide, killing thousands of people and animals in local towns and villages. The tragedy was the first known major suffocation, caused by natural phenomenon. The lake continues to pose a threat because its natural wall is fragile and even the slightest earthquake can destroy it.