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From a boiling river in the Peruvian Amazon to the red Natron Lake in Tanzania, bodies of water on Earth, and beyond, can be strange, disgusting, mysterious, scary, deadly, and even a little terrifying.
An American limnologist explores some of these lakes or rivers that in her opinion are the most dangerous on the planet to visit.
Tanzania’s Lake Natron
Bacteria, microorganisms and algae color the shades of water red, orange and pink at different depths. Water is essential for life on Earth, but the salty, alkaline waters of Lake Natron in Tanzania can be deadly! Lake Natron takes its name from the natural sodium carbonate mixture called natron. Many cultures, including the ancient Egyptians, used natron in embalming practices, which is almost certainly the case with the creatures that meet their end in the lake. “Lake Natron has a reputation for mummifying creatures that fall and die,” Rutherford says in a TikTok video.
“Bloody Falls” in Antarctica
Blood Falls flows into frozen Lake Bonney which is almost three times saltier than the ocean, which prevents the water from freezing. This lake is rich in iron, but has been completely cut off from sunlight and air for millions of years!
Salton Lake in California
At the southern end of the idyllic Coachella Valley, where celebrities and influencers attend a lavish annual music festival, rests the Salton Sea: a salty, toxic lake that emits clouds of noxious dust into the air. On its shores are piles of rotting, dead fish that release an incredible stench – a salty landscape covered in bones and death!
Kamloops Wreck of Lake Superior
The Kamloops, a steel freighter, was lost in a ferocious blizzard exacerbated by extremely cold temperatures and high winds in 19827. Six months later, on May 26, 1928, a fisherman discovered in the lake’s waters nearly intact several bodies wearing life jackets with the word “KAMLOOPS” written on them. The frozen lake is too cold for certain bacteria to grow—the same bacteria that cause a body’s internal organs to swell during decomposition and float to the surface. In cold water, bodies decompose slowly and may sink, especially in deep lakes…
Shanay-Timpishka, the boiling river in Peru
Andrés Ruzo, became the first scientist to study the heat source of the Shanay River in which some creatures that can live in such conditions, that is, in hot water! Local people use the river daily and it is still considered a sacred and healing place to this day.
Lake Kivu – borders Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo
Very few lakes on Earth are known to explode – what is called a lake eruption. Lake eruptions occur when dissolved gases—trapped under the pressure of the water above—suddenly explode, releasing giant plumes of fast-moving toxic fumes into the air. Most living things in the blast radius will suffocate to death. A lake eruption at Lake Monoun, Cameroon, killed 37 people in 1984. Two years later, nearly 1,800 people and 3,000 animals died after an eruption at Lake Nyos, also in Cameroon. This lake has not erupted recently, so there is a fear that this may happen very soon.
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