5 lakes to take your breath away

Stray your attention from the disturbing summer heat and mundane everyday schedule and spare ten minutes to forget all else and appreciate the amazing five beautiful scenes I’m putting right in front of you. Admire them and revel at them. Imagine it like a short pleasant walk somewhere peaceful. The point here is to provide you a refreshing short distraction away from the chaos of life.
These five beautiful lakes are amongst the best, most beautiful and most unique lakes of the world and therefore are absolutely capable of taking your breathe away. Maybe someday, years from now, you might actually find yourself standing at one of these places, backpack on your shoulders, admiring the scene firsthand instead of from a window in your laptop. The point of this article then, will be happily complete.

Crater Lake, Oregon-

crater lake
Crater Lake is a caldera lake located at south-central Oregon in the western United States. It is famous for its water clarity and that deep shade of blue color that is unique to itself. In there, lives colonies of violet green swallows and varieties of wildflowers and lichens. Two islands are in Crater Lake, there are no rivers flowing into or out of the lake. The caldera was created in a massive volcanic eruption between 6000 and 8000 years ago caused by the collapse of the volcano Mount Mazama. The water of Crater Lake is considered one of the purest because of the absence of pollutants. The Klamath tribe of Native Americans regards the lake as a sacred site. Their legends tell of a battle between the sky god and the god of the underworld where Mount Mazama was destroyed in the battle, creating Crater Lake.

Lake Baikal, Siberia-

lake baikal
Lake Baikal is a rift lake in the south of the Russian region of Siberia. It is the world’s oldest and at 1642 m, also the deepest freshwater lake. Lake Baikal has the greatest volume in the world, containing roughly 20% of the world’s unfrozen surface fresh water. It is also among the clearest of all lakes. It is the seventh-largest lake in the world by surface area. Lake Baikal was formed as an ancient rift valley and has the typical long crescent shape with a surface area of 31,722 km2. Baikal is home to more than 1700 species of plants and animals, two-thirds of which can be found nowhere else in the world. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.

Five Flower Lake, China

five flower lake
Five Flower Lake, also called the Wuhua Hai, is one of 118 lakes in Jiuzhaigou Valley Nature Reserve, situated at the north of Sichuan, China. Five Flower Lake is considered as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world because of its breathtaking colors which are a result of its lake-bottom travertine and colorful algae. The lake is just five meters in depth, its floor is littered with fallen ancient tree trunks and the lake shimmers in different shades of turquoise. The colors of the lake are formed by mineral deposits, aquatic plant life and unevenly distributed submerged plants.

Lake Hillier or Pink lake, Western Australia

hillier lake
Lake Hillier is a lake on Middle Island, the largest of the islands and islets that make up the Recherche Archipelago, Western Australia. The length of the lake is about 600 metres and is surrounded by a rim of sand and woodland of trees with a narrow strip of sand dunes covered by vegetation. The most notable feature of the lake is its pink colour. From above, the lake appears a solid bubble gum pink, from the shoreline it appears more of a clear pink hue.
The colour is permanent, and does not alter when the water is taken in a container. The source of the pink colour has not been definitively proven but there are two hypothesis- one is that it is dye created by the organisms Dunaliella salina and Halobacteria. The other hypothesis is that it is due to red halophilic bacteria in the salt crusts. Despite the unusual hue, the lake exhibits no known adverse effects upon humans.

Maligne Lake, Canada

maligne lake
Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada is a lake famed for the colour of its water, the surrounding peaks and most importantly the three glaciers visible from the lake. It is one of the most photographed locations in the world. The valley in which the lake lies was carved and excavated by valley glaciers. The lake located at 44 km south of Jasper town is accessible by motor vehicle, including shuttle buses from Jasper. Boat tours run to Spirit Island in the spring to autumn season. Maligne Lake is fed and drained by the Maligne River, which enters the lake on its south side, near Mount Unwin. It’s a perfect place for hiking enthusiasts and cross- country skiing in winter. Added to it is the perk of  abundance of wildlife.

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