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Lake Baikal is a rift lake which is a type of lake that is formed through continental crust being pulled apart. It is the deepest lake in the world with a depth of 1,642 meters (5,387 ft). The bottom of the lake lies 1,186.5 meters below sea level and underneath the lake floor is where the 7 kilometer of sediments are located placing the rift floor some 8-11 kilometers below the surface. It is the deepest rift on Earth and is still not explored.

Americans and Russian scientists study the core sediments and interestingly enough, each sediment contains detailed climactic records dating as far back as 250,000 years. This means that Lake Baikal is one of the oldest or most ancient lake in the geological history. Its age is estimated between 25-30 million years.

Lake Baikal is also rich in biodiversity. 80% of animals living within the area are endemic and more than 1000 species of plants thrive within the lake. It was included in the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1996 and since then has been protected.

Abraham Lake is actually a man-made lake in Alberta Canada, upper north of the Saskatchewan river at the foot of the Canadian Rockies. It is really beautiful during summer but what makes it amazing is the frozen bubbles found underneath the lake during the winter season. These frozen or ice bubbles underneath are piled up together like bluish white cotton wool or white rocks piled on top of each other in an orderly fashion.

These frozen bubbles are actually methane gas that is produced when bacteria at the bottom of the lake decomposes organic matter like animals, plants, and trees that died and sank to the bottom. Once methane is released a bubble is formed and it rises to the surface and evaporates in the air. During Winter season, these bubbles are trapped when the lake is frozen and are unable to escape. These forms the ice bubbles because methane gas gets frozen when it comes in contact with a colder surface. Once the ice is cracked, the bubbles pop and methane is released into the air.

Taal Lake is a freshwater lake located in the province of Batangas in the Philippines. It is the country’s third largest lake and also the most photographed. It is always featured and shown in postcards and magazines mainly because it cradles the world’s smallest active decade volcano , the Taal volcano.The lake fills the Taal caldera which is a remnant and the spot where historical eruptions occurred dating back to 100,000 to 500,000 years ago. Regular precipitation accumulated within the caldera which eventually dissolved salt contents eradicating the waters salinity completely.

At the center of the lake is the Volcano island where volcanic activity is centered up to this day. Within the volcano island, there lies another lake known as the Main Crater lake. Historically, the crater lake was divided into three crater lakes with three different colors, red, yellow and emerald green. These craters were lost during a massive eruption in 1911 and what remained until now is a large crater lake.

Within the Main crater lake is also a small island known as the Vulcan point. It is a remnant of the old crater floor. At 40 meters, Vulcan point is the world’s largest island within a lake (Main crater lake) on an island (Volcano Island) within a lake (Taal Lake) within an island (Luzon Island). It is confusing but that what makes Taal Lake amazing…

The Spotted lake is found in Osoyoos, British Columbia in Canada. The most notable feature of the lake is the multi-colored spots that are very visible and prominent even when viewed from the highway. The lake contains the world’s highest concentration of different minerals most notably, magnesium sulfate, calcium and sodium sulfates. Aside from these three most prominent minerals, the lake also contains higher concentration of eight other minerals and small doses of four others including silver and titanium. These spots consisted mainly of magnesium sulfate and as a result during summer, these spots become crystallized. The lake evaporates and during summer only the minerals remain and they form natural walkways in between and around the spots.

The Spotted lake is also therapeutic and known to cure diseases. A lot of companies have tried to buy and commercialize it until First Nations closed the deal in October of 2001 for 720,000 dollars. The lake today is a property of First Nations and the property is protected by fences preventing direct access.

Lake Hillier is located at the Middle island which is the largest among the islands that comprise the Recherche archipelago in Western Australia. It is famous for its pink color. It’s not just a pinkish hue on the water but the water itself is really pink! It is really amazing in that it’s color is not derived from beta-carotene released by an algae when light penetrates the water; which is actually the case for Lake Retba in Africa and the Pink lake in Western Australia (same region where Lake Hillier is). These two lakes derive its color from the red pigment being produced by Dunaliella Salina and Halobacteria that use sunlight to create more energy. Unlike these two, the pink water of Lake Hillier is permanent and even if the water is taken from the lake and transferred to a different container, the pink water is still pink! Scientists have tried to get samples and studied the water but until now they are still unable to find the cause for this amazing pink color. Instead, they found that the water contains high concentration of salt and it’s hyper-saline. It’s only 600 meters in size but the pink water can be seen vividly while on-board the plane. And it never fails to amaze the onlookers…