40 Incredible Facts About Lakes on Planet Earth

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26Torch Lake

Torch Lake

Torch Lake, which is often compared to the Caribbean is located in Michigan and is one of the clearest lakes in the world.

27. The Toba supervolcanic eruption occurred about 75,000 years ago at the site of present-day Lake Toba in Indonesia. It is the largest known explosive eruption on Earth in the last 25 million years. It had global consequences for human populations in that it caused a population bottleneck which affects genetic diversity in humans to this day.

28. Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are hydrologically the same lake. They are joined by the 5-mile wide, 120ft deep Straits of Mackinac, and depending on conditions, water can flow in either direction, which keeps their water levels similar.

29. There exists an underwater forest in Lake Kaindy in Kazakhstan that was created after an earthquake in 1911 triggered a large landslide blocking the gorge and forming a natural dam

30. Isa Lake in Yellowstone National Park is the only lake in the world that drains to 2 separate oceans.

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31Lake Hillier

Lake Hillier

Lake Hillier in Australia is a naturally-occurring neon pink lake and it is the only lake in the world to naturally stay colored all year round and scientists still aren't sure exactly why the salt and bacteria in the lake react this way and nowhere else in the world.

32. Hawaii's largest freshwater lake, Green Lake (Ka Wai o Pele), no longer exists as it completely boiled away during the 2018 Kīlauea eruption.

33. The deepest depths of Lake Erie are still at a higher elevation than the surface of Lake Ontario. The two lakes are only separated by about 21 miles (34 kilometers).

34. Lake Peigneur became the deepest lake in Lousiana in 1980 after the Gulf Of Mexico flowed into it as a result of Texaco employees accidentally flushing the entire lake like a toilet into the salt mine beneath it.

35. Lake Vostok, in Antarctica, is the 16th largest lake in the world. The lake water itself has been isolated for upwards of 15 million years, sealed off by a sheet of ice.

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36Novosibirsk Maldives

Novosibirsk Maldives

A turquoise lake in Siberia is nicknamed the "Novosibirsk Maldives" because of how tropical it looks. Popular with Instagrammers, it is actually a power plant's ash dump, and the lake gets its distinct color from calcium salts and other metal oxides. The water in the lake is actually toxic and it is dangerous to swim in it.

37. Summersville Lake is the largest lake in West Virginia. It was constructed in the early 1960s when the Gauley River was dammed at the village of Gad (which is now under its waters) but the powers that be decided not to name it the Gad Dam.

38. East Lake in Wuhan is the second-largest urban lake in China. Each year, about 441 tons of nitrogen and 40 tons of phosphorus flow into the lake. Most parts of the lake have been assessed as eutrophicated, unsuitable for drinking, and many recreational purposes.

39. The Battle of Lake Poyang (1363) was a naval battle that led to the fall of the Yuan dynasty. It is claimed to be the largest naval battle in history in terms of personnel, with a reported 850,000 sailors involved. The Yuan dynasty was established by Kublai Khan, the grandson of Genghis Khan.

40. Lake Victoria in Africa is so huge that if all of humanity went for a swim in it, everyone would have over 9 square meters of space for themselves.

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