By Ricky Reader.
The world is a strange place even at the dullest of times. But at its most entertaining and exciting the world will shock your socks off.
This time we will be discovering weird waters across our wet, wet globe. Our first stop is freezing cold Antarctica. Do you want to build a snowman? Possibly not here risk a limb or two due to frostbite otherwise.
What you can see in the picture above is the nightmarish blood of Antarctica. I don’t know about you, but it makes me think where all that blood is coming from, what poor creature has died to produce so much blood. Rightly this water, yes water, is named Blood Falls. Discovered in 1911 by Griffith Taylor. That’s all well and good right? But what makes the waters all bloody well. That is where it gets interesting. The water is red because of a million-year-old pool of water underneath the Taylor glacier. and this pool is extremely rich in Iron. And it’s the Iron in this water like the Iron our blood, that when oxygen mixes with it, turns the water into the blood colour that drips from the ice. However, this would make for a brilliant climate change photo, “save the ice it’s dying, Literally”.
Soaring along our next destination is Indonesia. Indonesia is a direct opposite to the Antarctic being a hot country that sits right on the equator where the world is at its warmest.
Photo by CEphoto, Uwe Aranas
Our next body of water is The Kawah Ijen Lake. Which happens to be sitting on top of a volcano. The lake itself is a whole kilometre wide. Filled with sparkling turquoise water. Although it looks pretty you touch this water and you might lose a finger or two due to the reasons behind its breath-taking colour. The reason for this lake’s beauty is also the reason for its deadliness as this water is a very strong acid. The lakes acid is more dangerous than battery acid. The lakes acid is so strong it can dissolve metals. And it is because of this and the sulphur within that bring out the beautiful sky-blue looking colour. However, it is not just the water that makes us go wow when it comes to the sulphur vents around the lake can catch fire due to the lava and the flames… are a deep alluring blue. This is because of the gas that is burned just like a Bunsen burner.
What lovely strawberry milkshake… no? Fruit smoothie? Wait… so you’re telling me that this isn’t a giant bubble-gum strip it’s another lake. But its pink? That’s right everyone this is the pink lake Hillier of Australia. Although it looks delicious one sip of this and you might just go bananas and need a drink of water asap/ This pink lake is salty. Even saltier than seawater by like 10 times. This lake is full of teeny weeny invisible to the human eye bugs that give off a chemical that absorbs sunlight turning it that yummy pink flavour. This chemical is also found in carrots and red cabbage having a scale of yellow to red and in this case, the lake has turned pink. Salty and full of invisible bugs makes the lake both wonder and horror to behold.
For our final trip around the globe, we are off to the Maldives. Specifically, Vaadhoo Island and we are going there as the sun has long gone and the moon is in full view. Also, where the waves glow… wait, what?
Credit: Sander van der Wel; Flickr.
Here at the Vaadhoo Island, the waves glow like a neon rave at a popular nightclub. Somewhat eerie and yet peaceful all at the same time. This chilling spectacle is suitably called the sea of stars. This is because tiny blue dots that look like the distant stars wash up and wash out with the waves. Do you remember the teeny-weeny bugs called plankton that can’t be seen by the human eye for the pink lake? Well, it’s the same deal here but we can see the organisms as they light up like an LED. And they only shine when they get disturbed. Though you can’t see them in the day as of course, the sun is out. The plankton does this to deter predators and confuse fish. Although this technically isn’t about a body of water and more about the creature in it, the light show they produce cannot be ignored.
I will return with stones snow and fire.