From deep sea oddities; to the strange lakes and seas in the world; These are 11 STRANGEST Bodies of Water !
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11. Underground River, Philippines
10. Uvac River, Bosnia
9. Jacob’s Well Texas
8. Blue Hole Belize
7. Lake Mead
6. Pitch Lake, Trinidad
Normally when you think of a lake, you might think of water surrounded by trees and not the gooey black tar like substance found at Pitch Lake. It’s the world's largest natural deposit of asphalt in the world and is rumored to be about 75 meters deep in some places Some are calling it the 8th wonder of the natural world. It holds about 10 million tons of asphalt. If it was actually put to use, it could create a road 20 feet thick 6393 miles long could connect, Peru to Alaska. It’s not exactly sure why this lake has so much of this strange substance but it seems to lie on an intersection of faults. This would essentially allow material from far below the surface of the earth to rise to the top. If it doesn’t already seem crazy enough to you, scientists also discovered tiny microorganisms living below the surface of the asphalt, making them wonder if these extremophiles could live on another planet.
5. Lake Vostok, Antarctica
Located on the inhospitable continent of Antarctica lies a freshwater lake, but you won’t be coming here anytime soon. It’s located 13,000 feet below an extremely thick layer of ice. The water beneath the ice sheet hasn’t seen the surface of earth in millions of year. Scientists took on the extremely difficult challenge of drilling through the ice and came across something shocking. They found over 3500 different species of organisms. What interesting about this is that a moon called europa also has a thick layer of ice over a liquid water ocean. If things could survive the conditions in antarctica, they most likely could on this moon, increasing the chance of alien life by a long shot. They even found things like fish, mollusks which were much more complicated organisms than they expected. Here you see one of the species of shrimp that was found below over 2 miles of ice at lake Vostock
4. Beppu Hells, Japan
These bodies of water in Japan is designated as a Place of scenic beauty but many would argue that it looks more like the pits of hell! Not only can this hot spring in Japan turn completely red, it also reaches boiling temperatures and swimmers aren’t recommended to jump in. Many wouldn’t exactly call these hot springs which are really more like steaming puddles. The heat gets pretty intense from geothermic activity, and the Beppu hells are the 2nd largest source of this right after yellowstone. It’s not exactly clear why this is given such a fearful nickname but some believe that the early Japanese believed that the steam was from spirits. Some of the hot springs contain traces of magnesium, iron or other elements which will give it distinct glows.
3. Dead Sea, Israel and Jordan
The dead sea makes up part of the border between Israel and Jordan and has quite a few unique properties to it. Not only does it reach the world lowest point in elevation at 1388 feet below sea level it’s also has extremely high levels of salt concentrations, reaching 33.7 percent. There’s only a couple lakes that are a little more salty but to give you an idea, the Pacific ocean is only 3.5 percent! Due to the high concentrations of salt, this guy here in the photo doesn’t need an inflatable raft and can float with no problems while reading the newspaper. The dead sea probably gets it’s name due to the fact that absolutely nothing can survive here like fish or aquatic plants and is only home to low levels of bacteria and fungi.
2. Lake Retba, Senegal
Also known as Senegal’s Pink lake, or Lac Rose, this is the 2nd saltiest lake in the world and the only one saltier than this one is located in Antarctica. It’s red waters are caused by a micro algae which thrives in environments high in salt. It’s safe to swim in and the type of algae is actually considered to be healthy. Locals in the area make a living extracting salt from the bed of the lake and bring it ashore with rafts. People are found at this lake for about 6-7 hours and being in such salty conditions tends to dry the skin quite rapidly.
1. Rio Tinto Spain
This river in Spain has been so polluted over the years from copper mining that it’s completely changed colors and it almost looks like a river of liquid copper! The mines saw use as far back as 3000 BC but were rediscovered by the Spanish in the 1500’s. Acidic mine leakage lead to severe pollution and the river has a high density of metallic concentrations. The mine closed in 2010 but the damage has been done. You’d probably imagine that no living organism could survive here right? Wrong! Scientists found a type of extremophile that lives in this water, further begging the question if organisms can survive on planets with liquid metals as their oceans.