25 interesting facts about lakes

A lake differs from a pond in that, unlike it, it is a natural reservoir, and not artificial. Most of the lakes are modest in size, but nevertheless have a significant impact on the adjacent territories, and in general on the hydrosphere. And there is no need to talk about such giants as Baikal!

Interesting facts about lakes

  1. The largest system of interconnected lakes on the planet — The Great Lakes in Canada.
  2. Lakes have been discovered on Titan, Saturn’s moon. True, they are by no means made of water (interesting facts about Saturn).
  3. The continent with the highest lake to land area ratio — North America, lakes there occupy about 1/50 of the total area.
  4. Finland is often called the country of lakes — here lakes occupy a little less than 10 percent of the territory of the entire state.
  5. The Yenisei River basin includes almost one hundred thousand lakes (interesting facts about the Yenisei River).
  6. The total volume of water in all the lakes of the Earth is about 0.013% of the total water on the planet.
  7. Lake Baikal — the largest fresh water body in the world.
  8. Scientists claim that lakes form in more than 70 different ways.
  9. The largest lake on Earth — The Caspian Sea, which from the point of view of science is a lake, not a sea (interesting facts about the seas).
  10. Baikal — the deepest lake in the world, its maximum depth is 1642 meters.
  11. There are lakes even in Antarctica, for example, Lake Vanda (interesting facts about Antarctica).
  12. The volume of water in Baikal is greater, than all five Canadian Great Lakes combined (interesting facts about Baikal).
  13. The highest lake in the world — located on the Chilean-Argentine border Ojos del Salado. Located at the top of the volcano, a small lake lies at an altitude of 6390 meters.
  14. Ocean fish live in another high mountain lake, Titicaca. How did they get there and how did they survive — still unsolved mystery.
  15. The lowest lake in the world — The Dead Sea, lying 417 meters below generally accepted sea level.
  16. Small lakes don’t live forever — on average, about a meter of precipitation accumulates on the lake floor over a thousand years, which sooner or later leads to the fact that the lake dries up or turns into a swamp.
  17. Lake Eyre, located in Australia, sometimes dries up completely, but after heavy rains it filled with water and occupies up to 15 thousand square kilometers.
  18. In the country of Palau there is Lake Jellyfish, which is home to about two million of these creatures (interesting facts about Palau).
  19. On the island of Kunashir there is Lake Boiling, the water temperature in which reaches 80 degrees.
  20. Lake Mogilnoye, on the Kola Peninsula, is unique in its kind — its water is divided into fresh, salty and moderately salty layers, and the water from these layers does not mix. All three layers are inhabited by different forms of life.
  21. The cleanest lake in the world — Mashu located in Japan. The transparency of its water reaches 40 meters.
  22. The only lake in the world in which sharks live is located in Nicaragua.
  23. On the island of Trinidad, located in the Caribbean Sea, there is a lake filled with liquid asphalt. The locals found a use for it — this asphalt is mined and laid on roads.
  24. In Bolivia there is a lake with red waters called Laguna Colorada. The reason for this unusual water color — billions of tiny microorganisms living in the lake.
  25. The reason for the pink color of the water of the Australian Lake Hillier has not yet been established. Another mystery of nature.
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