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.
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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.
Image 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Image 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.
Image 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.
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.
Image 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.
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.
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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