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Although water might seem to be an abundant substance only .3 percent of the surface of earth is covered in fresh, liquid, drinkable water. But somehow despite all the odds, strange discoveries still continue to be made lakes across the globe and terrifying animals find a way to make it their habitat
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7. Lake Vostok Discoveries
Located on the inhospitable continent of Antarctica lies a freshwater lake, but you won’t be coming here anytime soon. It’s located 13,000 feet below an extremely thick layer of ice. The water beneath the ice sheet hasn’t seen the surface of earth in millions of year. Scientists took on the extremely difficult challenge of drilling through the ice and came across something shocking. They found over 3500 different species of organisms. What interesting about this is that a moon called europa also has a thick layer of ice over a liquid water ocean. If things could survive the conditions in antarctica, they most likely could on this moon, increasing the chance of alien life by a long shot. They even found things like fish, and this shrimp which were much more complicated organisms than they expected. Here you see one of the species of shrimp that was found below over 2 miles of ice at lake Vostock
6. Bacteria at Morning Glory Pool, Wyoming
We could probably put the entire national park of yellowstone on this list but we’ll get a little more specific. When have you ever seen a pool like this before in your life! In case you thought it was only man made structures that are colorful, think again! The colors on this hot spring. The strange colors of this pool are caused by a large variety of bacteria that live here. After an earthquake, this pool has the potential to turn into a geyser. It’s believed that this was actually more colorful at some point but people began throwing trash into it and slightly altered its appearance.
5. Shi Cheng
Also known as the Chinese Atlantis, the ancient city was once a powerful center of politics and an economical trade center in the eastern province of Zhejiang. It is now at the bottom of a land made lake called Qiandao that was the result of a new hydroelectric power station. Surrounded by the lion mountains, it was dubbed Lion City and is below 131 feet of water. Divers like we see in this image have revisited the majestic city and hope to make it a new tourist attraction in China. It still remains in great condition. In this photo you can see what the great place may have once looked like hundreds of years ago. You can still see the great detail of the statues and architecture from 1400 years ago. With all the intricate carving, this would make an excellent place for scuba diving.
4. Heart Shaped Lake
Doesn’t this seem like a romantic place to spend the evening with your significant other? Well too bad because it looks like it’s on private property. Located in the midwest, this lake is upside down when you first search it but you wouldn’t notice that unless your looking at it from google maps! Located in Columbia Station, Ohio, this is possibly the most romantic lake on this list and it’s most likely a natural wonder. It’s unclear exactly how it formed to be so symmetrical. The only entrance has a private gate and appears to be locked off from the public.
3. Exploding Lakes of Africa
Some lakes in central africa have far higher CO2 levels that other places which can suddenly erupt under certain circumstances. Such a lake is known as Lake Nyos in Cameroon where sudden explosions have been known to devastate the local population. In 1986, one spontaneous explosion killed nearly 2000 people and 3500 livestock. Lake Kivu is the third most explosive lake, located in the country of Rwanda and it certainly has the potential to be deadly since a large amount of people live nearby. Some of them are trying to extract the flammable gas in a risky process known as catalyst scrubbing.
2. The Eye
In Argentina, a mysterious island was spotted by a film crew when they were searching for a location to film. The island is in the shape of an almost perfect circle and it sits on top of a lake that’s also in the shape of a circle! The island is said to actually rotate, and move around on its own. The filmmakers started a kickstarter program in order to investigate this mysterious location. Some claim it’s actually a secret alien base using the island for cover. The film crew claims that the “circles are so perfect that it’s hard to believe that this is a natural formation.