Like many beautiful, enticing gifts of nature, a number of lakes around the world pose lethal danger. Some are beautifully situated and most of us would be enchanted to go on vacation there without a second thought. Here’s a look at a few of the most deadly and dangerous lakes out there.
#1 Lake Hillier (Australia)
Lake Hillier is truly stunning with its distinctive strawberry milkshake color a natural interaction of algae and very high salinity. There are also large amounts of halophilic bacteria and archaea in the salt crusts of the lake that could also be the cause for the lake’s interesting appearance. Prolonged contact with the skin is highly inadvisable and threatens with very serious repercussions. It is a pity, because one would like to dip their toes in this beauty.
#2 Kawah ljen (Indonesia)
It is the most acidic lake in the world, with the acidity level close to zero can easily melt the human body. The cause of its acidity is an inflow of hydrothermal waters charged with gases from a hot magma chamber below. It’s full of methane and the water temperature at the bottom reaches 392°F. Ijen crater lake is also famous for its sulphur miners, locals find a way to collect sulfur on its shores without masks!
#3 Boiling Lake on Dominica
If you were to jump into the waters of this lake you would probably boil alive in a very short time. It is filled with bubbling greyish-blue water that is usually enveloped in a cloud of vapour. The lake is approximately 200 feet (61 m) to 250 feet (76 m) across. Swimming in the boiling lake, no matter how enticing or gratifying it may feel, is an extremely risky venture water temperature are found it to range from 180°F to 197°F
#4 Nyos (Cameroon)
On August 21, 1986, at least 1,700 people died in or near the lake. This was due to the release of massive amounts of carbon dioxide from the depths of the reservoir, which formed a dense cloud directly over the waters that led to the death of everyone in the area.
#5 Roop Kund (India)
In 1942, a British Army unit accidentally discovered the remains of 200 people at the bottom of a lake who died a mysterious death. To this day, it is unknown what caused their deaths, and swimming in this pool is prohibited.
#6 Gafsa (Tunisia)
The Gafsa Lake is a huge mass of water which appeared out of nowhere in the desert south of Tunisia. It is a true miracle as it mysteriously appeared in 2014. It contains a fair amount of poisonous algae and is probably also radioactive – the latter property owing to a nearby phosphate mine.
#7 Kivu (on the border of Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda)
This lake is a ticking bomb. Its waters contain massive amounts of carbon dioxide and methane. Scientists fear that any volcanic eruption or similar event could lead to a massive eruption that would not only be devastating to local wildlife, but could lead to the deaths of up to 2 million people living in the Kivu area.
#8 Lake Michigan (USA)
It doesn’t contain any particularly dangerous substances, but its waters are known for being treacherous. It’s not clear why, but strong currents often come up on their own, carrying people far from shore. The water of Lake Michigan has an unusual circulatory pattern it resembles the traffic flow in a suburban cul-de-sac and moves very slowly. Ocean-like swells, can result in a drastic temperature changes along the coast.
#9 Natron (Tanzania)
Natron’s waters have a brilliant hue, but they contain a host of dangerous chemicals, including sizable amounts of hydrogen, which is not one of the most stable elements. The lake’s properties like alkaline has a pH as high as 10.5 and is so caustic it can burn the skin and eyes of animals. It causes the birds that fall into it to turn into statues of salt and calcium to eventually turn in stone. Despite some media reports, Natron’s alkaline waters support a thriving ecosystem. Here, photographer Nick Brandt has captured the haunting images of the lake and its dead.
#10 Lake Brosno (Russia)
Rumors of a strange, giant creature living in Lake Brosno have existed for several centuries, this lake is home to a mythical creature. A giant lizard or dragon that capsizes fishermen’s boats. There are some more scientific hypotheses, one of them is a gas version saying that when hydrogen sulfide goes up from the lake bottom it makes water boil up; this boiling in its turn resembles a dragon head. Apart from that there are some fractures at the bottom of lake, a volcano crater is possibly inside of one of them. This explains a bit more the mystical appearances.
#11 Jacuzzi of Despair in the Gulf of Mexico
This underwater lake about 30 meters in diameter was discovered in 2014 using a deep-sea exploration robot. The “Jacuzzi of Despair” is located at a depth of about 1,000 meters. Due to high concentrations of methane and hydrogen sulfide, this underwater lake is highly toxic. Is about 65°F, which is far warmer compared with the 39-degree temperature of the surrounding water therefore kills any creatures that swim in there, the warmth of the lake draws unsuspecting marine life such as crabs that look for food.