All that glitters isn’t gold—nothing could be proven more accurately than by the world’s top 10 most dangerous water bodies. Divers and vacationers are enchanted by the beauty of blue waters— but what lies beneath is not always pleasant.
Scroll down to see what lies beneath the surface, making these water bodies quite dangerous.
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#10 Lake Kivu
Lake Kivu is located on the border between Congo and Rwanda in Africa. The layers of carbon dioxide and 55 billion cubic meters of methane at the bottom of this lake make it susceptible to a huge explosion in the event of an earthquake. This would affect the 2 million people living around the lake.
#9 Drake Passage
The Drake Passage lies between South America’s Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica. This passage has been the cemetery of countless ships from the time of Magellan through until when the Panama Canal was discovered in the 20th century. The strong winds can reach up to 80 miles an hour, causing strong currents, icebergs, and poor visibility—this makes the Drake Passage one of the world’s most dangerous water bodies.
#8 Rio Tinto
Rio Tinto or “red river” is located in southwestern Spain. Since ancient times, the site around the river has been mined for copper, silver, gold, and other minerals. Rio Tinto has extremely high levels of acidity. The bacteria in the river water oxidizes the metals and make the water red.
#7 Boiling Lake
Boiling Lake in Dominica is a mountain lake. It is easily heated up by the hot air spurts from beneath the ground. As a result, the temperature can reach up to 198°F (92°C). Swimming is strictly prohibited, even though the boiling water may not be visible on the surface.
#6 Horseshoe Lake
Horseshoe Lake is located in Arkansas, USA. The cracks at the bottom of this lake give off carbon dioxide that has killed not only four people but also all the trees 100 acres around the lake.
#5 Blue Hole
The Blue Hole is used for diving and is located on southeast Sinai, near Egypt. Many divers have lost their lives in the 400-foot deep cave. Deaths can be avoided through proper training. For most that have died, it’s been a result of insufficient air capacity after their descent.
#4 Lake Natron
Lake Natron is a mineral-rich lake in northern Tanzania. It’s sometimes covered with a red layer of salt crust. The high alkalinity coupled with temperatures reaching up to 120°F (50°C) make Lake Natron dangerous for any form of life. Only three kinds of fish are known to survive these extreme conditions.
#3 Lake Michigan
One of the five Great Lakes of North America and the only one to be within the borders of the USA, Lake Michigan is compared to the Bermuda Triangle because of a tragic plane crash over this lake for no apparent reason. The currents in Lake Michigan form suddenly and have caused many deaths. (Link to Scientists May Have Finally Cracked the Greatest Mystery Behind the Bermuda Triangle).
#2 Jacob’s Well
Located in Texas, USA, the 30-foot deep Jacob’s Well is notorious for its bottomless black hole. Under the well lies a network of caves that many cannot find their way out from—they get lost and die.
#1 Great Blue Hole
Great Blue Hole is the largest sea-hole in the world—it’s located in Belize. The hole is circular, measuring 315 meters across and 124 meters deep. The high tides on the Great Blue Hole draw in everything that lies on its surface. During low tides or ebb, the hole spews out gigantic water columns.
Vote for the one that’d you’d like to see for yourself, but not get too close to!
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