12 Most Beautiful And Unique Lakes in the World in Pictures

INTRODUCTION

Earth has a dynamic system with varied other ecosystems as well. River, lakes, streams, etc are key sources of freshwater. Lakes are extremely important for any country in the world and particularly for surrounding areas. Lakes have such a kind of serenity that lures people. The natural beauty of water bodies provides tourist spots. Here we have collected the 12 most beautiful lakes in the world displayed with pictures.

The world is running short of freshwater systems. A freshwater ecosystem is the main source of drinking water. Read : Can Rivers & Lakes be Saved from Environmental Degradation?

 

1. SAIF-UL-MALUK LAKE

Location:  Mansehra – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – Pakistan

Unique Features: This mountainous lake has a breathtaking view. It is included among the highest lakes in Pakistan. Due to its location and scenic beauty, every year many national and international tourists pay a visit to this place.

The first snow of lake saif-ul- malukImage Source: Shahznk, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

 

2. LAKE RETBA – SENEGAL

Location: Cap Vert Peninsula – Senegal

Unique Features: Lake Retba is known as Lac Rose. There is an alga named “Dunaliella salina algae” present in the lake water that gives its water a pinkish color. The water composition is high in salt content.

lac rose 

 

3. SPOTTED LAKE – CANADA

Location: Osoyoos – British Columbia – Canada

Unique Features: Spotted Lake is unique in its appearance due to mineral deposits. The color of the spotted lake depends on the mineral composition. Magnesium sulfate is a common example of a mineral that gives spots their color.

Spotted Lake (4294089698)Image Source: Hardo Müller from Southampton, United Kingdom, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

 

4. PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK – CROATIA

Location: Lika-Senj County – Karlovac County – Croatia

Unique Features: This place is the epitome of natural beauty. It is one of the oldest national parks listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Swimming is not allowed in the lakes because the park is evaluated in protected areas.

world heritage sites

 

5. LAKE BAIKAL – RUSSIA

Location: Siberia – Russia

Unique Features: What is the most unique thing about Lake Baikal? it is often considered a sea due to its size. Some of the unique features of this lake include the deepest, oldest and largest freshwater body. The water is crystal clear.

oldest freshwater lake

 

6. HILLIER LAKE – AUSTRALIA

Location: Goldfields-Esperance – Western Australia

Unique Features: Hillier Lake attracts tourists because no predatory fish species have been found there. The water of the lake is characterized as saline. Dunaliella salina gives pink color to the water and the water never changes its color.

Pink Lake (Lake Hillier) on Middle Island off the coast of Esperance Western AustraliaImage Source: Yodaobione, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

 

7. ANSOO LAKE – PAKISTAN

Location: Kaghan – Manoor Valley – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – Himalaya – Pakistan

Unique Features: The name of this lake is based on its visual appearance – a teardrop. It is present in the Himalayan Ranges and along with saif-ul-malook, this lake is also one of the highest lakes in Pakistan. PAF discovered this lake during a flight.

Melted Aansu LakeImage Source: Sarmad1296ali, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

 

8. LAGUNA COLORADA – BOLIVIA

Location: Potosí – ‎Bolivia

Unique Features: Shallow Lake is widely known as the red lagoon. The composition of this water has a huge concentration of salt that makes it a salt lake. It covers over 6000 hectares area but not even 1 meter deep. The red lagoon’s appearance is basically due to minerals and algae present in the water.

red lagoon

 

9. ATTABAD LAKE – PAKISTAN

Location: Attabad – Gilgit−Baltistan – Pakistan

Unique Features: The amazing thing about Attabad lake is it was naturally formed as a result of a massive landslide. With the clear blue color of the lake, this majestic place attracts tourists from all around the world.

Attabad Lake,GojalImage Source: Azeemtariq9293, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

 

10. LAKE NAKURU – KENYA

Location: Rift Valley – Kenya

Unique Features: The water of this lake is saline. However, Lake Nakuru attracts flamingos and it is famous for hosting a diverse variety of bird species. Tourists find it attractive due to the presence of wildlife.

Kenya

 

11. LAKE SALDA – TURKEY

Location: Yeşilova – Burdur – Turkey

Unique Features: Lake Salda is a famous touristic spot in Turkey. The water of this lake is saline. The interesting fact about Lake Salda is it is widely known as Mars on the Earth. The sediments of Lake Salda might have some link to ancient life on the Earth.

mars on the Earth

 

12. KATORA LAKE – PAKISTAN

Location: Kumrat Valley – ‎Upper Dir – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – Pakistan

Unique Features: There is an alpine glacier lake in Pakistan named Katora Lake that gets its water from melting glaciers. Pakistan has a number of lakes that not only increase the aesthetic beauty of the surrounding area but also provides freshwater.

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