14 Interesting Facts About Lakes

Here are 14 Interesting Facts About Lakes.

On an uninhabited rock island in Palau, there is a saltwater lake that was cut off from the ocean and is completely filled with jellyfish. As natural predators have been sealed off from the lake, the jellyfish have harmless stingers due to evolutionary regression. Swimming in the lake is safe and permitted.

Siskiwit Lake is the largest lake on the Isle Royale on Lake Superior. It has cold, clear water which is relatively low in nutrients. Siskiwit Lake contains several islands, including Ryan Island, the largest, which contains Moose Flats, a seasonal pond, which contains Moose Boulder. When Moose Flats is a pond, Moose Boulder becomes the largest island in the largest lake on the largest island in the largest lake on the largest island in one of the largest lake in the world.

The clearest body of freshwater known in the world is “The blue lake” or “Rotomairewhenua” in New Zealand. According to the NIWA research results, visibility in the lake is up to 80 meters (262 feet) meaning the water is considered almost as “optically clear” as distilled water.

The Amazon River initially flowed into the Pacific Ocean, but was dammed up by the newly formed Andes Mountains. The Amazon’s basin then became a giant lake until it eroded the sandstone to the west, letting the lake drain into the Atlantic and forming the modern river.

The Aral Sea, once the 4th largest lake in the world, has been steadily shrinking since the 1960’s. It is now 1/10th of its original size. Nearly 90% of the water has now given way to sandy desert with wrecks of beached boats dotting the surface.

In Michigan, you are never more than 6 miles from a natural water source. This is due to Michigan’s nearly 65,000 inland lakes and ponds. You are also never more than 85 miles from one of the Great Lakes.

The combined surface area of the Great Lakes is roughly equal to the size of the United Kingdom, and the lakes contain approximately 35,000 islands.

During the first splashdown by Soviet crew, the Soyuz capsule landed in the middle of a blizzard, punched through a frozen lake, went fully underwater and the lake above them froze over, partially requiring an intense rescue operation lasting 9 hours under -22°C.

Mount Storm Lake in West Virginia is a 1200 acre lake that is heated by a coal burning power plant. Even in zero degree temperatures, the water never dips below 50 degrees.

In the Philippines, there is an island called Luzon. On this island there’s a lake called Taal Lake. In this lake is an island called Volcano Island. On this island is a lake called Main Crater Lake. In this lake there’s an island called Volcano Point.

Lake Chagan in Kazakhstan was created using a nuclear weapon. The lake is still radioactive.

Oregon state has a lake named Lost Lake that drains every winter into a lava tube, turns into a meadow during the spring, and then turns back into a lake in time for summer.

In Titanic, Jack claims to have gone ice fishing on Lake Wissota, near Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. Lake Wissota is a man-made reservoir which wasn’t created until 1917.

Lake Superior is so voluminous that it could cover the entire area of the United States in over 4 feet of water.


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