Pat Shingleton: "Great Lakes..."
Travel magazine identified twelve of the most unusual lakes in the world. Six of the twelve include Lake Kaindy near the Tien Shan Mountains in Kazakhstan. The lake developed in 1911 when an earthquake triggered a large limestone landslide. It is referred to as the "Sunken Forest." Lake Kaikal in Russia is 25 million years old and contains 20% of the world's unfrozen fresh water and is also the home of the world's only freshwater seals. Third on the list is Gruner See in Austria. This lake is located on the edge of the Hochschwab Mountains and rises each year by thirty feet after the spring snow melt. The Spotted Lake in Canada turns into a psychedelic polka, displaying dotted pools of reflecting various streams of light. The lake is know for its healing powers because of its large concentrations of minerals. Jellyfish Lake in Palau is home to Golden Jellyfish that are unlike our Gulf Coast jellyfish. These jellyfish have a mild, undetectable sting as energy algae-like organisms are stored in their tentacles and are activated as they gravitate toward the rising sun. The Tri-Colored Lakes of Indonesia include craters of Mount Kelimutu on the Indonesian Island of Flores. The lake colors often change from blue to bright green to dark brown or red. More lakes and their unusual characteristics, tomorrow.