The DEADLIEST Bodies of Water in The World

The DEADLIEST Bodies of Water in The World

When you hear the word water, what do you
think? Cool, refreshing, cleansing, purifying – these
are just a few of the words you could use. Seeing a body of water in the middle of summer
makes you want to jump and splurge. And on winter, well, you wish it was summer. With Earth made up of 71% water, you would
never run out of chances to take a dive. But careful now, inviting as they may, not
all bodies of water are safe for your bodies to be in. Some are hotter than a cup of coffee or are
so radioactive it could kill you in an hour. This video will make you think twice the next
time you come across a body of water. So sit back, relax, and take note, lest you
want any of these 5 most dangerous waters in the world to kill you. 5 – Boiling Lake, Dominica Bubbling at around 90 degrees Celsius, the
aptly named Boiling Lake of Dominica is an object of curiosity among locals and visitors
of this Caribbean nation – so much so that they take the time to leave the island’s majestic
beaches, and hike about 4 hours just to get to this site. The lake, which was first sighted in 1870,
at least according to records – is actually a fumarole, or an opening in the Earth’s crust
that emits steam and gases, and is often found near volcanic surfaces. In this case, it is located in the Morne Trois
Pitons National Park, a tropical forest of significant volcanic activity. The 7,000-hectare land is home to five volcanoes,
at least 50 fumaroles, and over a dozen hot springs. But the boiling lake is definitely the main
attraction, with its bluish-gray water continuously bubbling, heated by the hot steam and gases
coming from the molten lava underneath. Its surface is often clouded by vapor, adding
mystique to the already curious sight. It is the second largest hot lake in the world,
measuring 76 meters across, with temperatures ranging from 82 to 92 degrees Celsius around
the edges. It is, of course, hotter at the center, where
the lake is actively boiling, but it’s too treacherous to measure there. You might be wondering, it is neither the
largest nor the hottest lake in the world, so what makes it so dangerous? The boiling lake gets its water from rainfall
and two small streams that drain into the area. Its water level is continuously fluctuating,
and so is its temperature. Seismologists have actually recorded these
instances seven times since it was discovered. The most notable of which is the following
– in 1880, a phreatic eruption almost drained it out, leaving only a fountain of hot water
and steam. In 2004 to 2005, its water levels dramatically
lowered by 10 meters, a huge amount that the lake was able to recover in just a single
day. In 2016, the water’s temperature became cold
enough for tourists to be able to swim in the lake, an incident that prompted authorities
to block the premises from tourists and locals alike. The lower water level and higher temperature
could be disarming to those visiting this lake and could seduce them to take a dip after
a long hike. But scientists say that during these instances,
steam explosions often occur, and the lake emits gases like carbon dioxide, which could
be very harmful to the body. Most of all, the lake could go back its normal
boiling state with little to no warning, and the unknowing tourist could end up being boiled
to death. 4 – Potomac River, USA With a generally tranquil facade, the Potomac
River Gorge is among the most deceptive bodies of water on Earth. Located just outside the United States Capitol
Washington DC, it is the destination of many wanting a reprieve from the summer heat or
those craving for an accessible adventure. Through the years, the Gorge, a 14-mile stretch
of the Potomac River, has become a famous spot for hiking, kayaking, fishing, and boating. Despite the endless warnings, visitors often
forget that beneath the calm surface is current so strong, it could pull you down. So strong in fact, that a few unknowing tourists
who innocently stepped on its shallow depths, were carried away by the currents, only to
be seen a few days or weeks later, already lifeless. The Potomac River Gorge is said to claim an
average of seven lives per year. Interestingly, it is not even the vicious
whitewater that makes the river so deadly, but the seemingly calm waters. Rescuers say that on the surface, the water
may just be moving at 10 knots. But five feet below, it could be as much as
35 knots – so that when you go down, chances are you won’t be able to get back up. With the river’s bottom covered by boulders
and trees, and the Great Falls plunging 76 feet before speeding up at the narrow walls
of Mather Gorge, the effect is deadly to inexperienced tourists who only went to the Potomac to enjoy
the nice summer day with family and friends. Of course, authorities have already issued
dozens of warnings, with several signs scattered around the area. But with the water looking so beautiful and
calm, who would believe them? 3 – Jacob’s Well, USA With a depth of about 40 meters, Jacob’s
Well seduces swimmers and divers – from innocent kids to professionals – for a plunge,
may that be a quick dip or a dive through its underwater caverns. Located in central Texas, its irresistible
allure has already claimed the lives of at least eight divers. Yet children are still often seen swimming
in its mouth, even taking a dive from nearby boulders. Jacob’s Well is an artesian spring, which
gets its water from the Trinity Aquifer, and spills it to the surrounding Cypress Creek. With a mouth of 4 meters in diameter, it descends
some 40 feet before angling down through a succession of chambers. It is Texas’ largest underwater cave, reaching
depths of at least 120 meters. This, of course, is the well’s most seductive
feature, the death rate only adding to the curiosity of divers who want to discover its
mysteries. A piece called The Fatal Allure of Jacob’s
Well says the openings to its 4 chambers are too narrow, forcing divers to remove their
tanks to be able to enter. Once inside, the puzzling layout of the caverns
confuses divers, making them unable to identify the right way up. Those too inexperienced for the adventure
just ran out of oxygen trying to get out. 2 – Lake Karachay, Russia A radiation of 600 roentgens is more than
enough to kill any human, and that much concentration once existed in the majestic Lake Karachay
in Russia’s Chelyabinsk region. Its coral blue water is so inviting you would
want to take a leap, if you don’t know what it contains. It’s a beauty that is much better seen than
touched. Scientists say Lake Karachay is among the
most polluted places on Earth and swimming in it would cause your life. Of course it did not contaminate itself on
its own. It’s all thanks to the Russian government,
who used the lake as the dumpsite for one of its biggest and leakiest nuclear facilities,
the Mayak Production Association. The facility was built in utmost secrecy in
the 1940s, in Russia’s bid to catch up with the Western world’s weapon technology. For 45 years, Mayak did not even appear on
any map, hidden from the rest of the world, even the residents of nearby villages. Constructed in a great hurry, the facility
had no regard for safety, and suffered several meltdowns that prompted it to release its
radioactive wastes to Lake Karachay, where Russian authorities believed they would be
buried indefinitely. But 10 years later, a drought struck the region,
dried up the lake, exposed the radioactive elements underneath, and spread toxic dusts
as far as 900 square miles. Needless to say, it was very harmful to the
residents living around the area. But with the facility supposedly non-existent,
doctors were forced to say that the region was infected with a ‘special disease.’ It was only in 1992, when then Russian President
Boris Yeltsin finally acknowledged the nuclear facility’s existence. But by that time, the damage has been done. Cancer cases around the region has already
increased by 21 per cent, birth defects by 24 per cent, and leukemia cases by 41 per
cent. At the time of its discovery, scientists say
an hour on the banks of the lake would have killed any human being. Today, a load of concrete covers Lake Karachay,
in a bid to prevent radioactive sediments from contaminating the banks. Researchers say it is safe to stand on its
shore now. But, would you? 1 – Lake Kivu, Africa 300 cubic kilometers of carbon and 60 cubic
kilometers of methane – that’s basically a ticking bomb lying beneath the surface of
Lake Kivu in central Africa, along the borders of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Intense water pressure in the area separates
these harmful gases from the over 2 million residents along the banks of the lake, by
trapping the gases some 80 meters below the surface. But any geological or volcanic phenomenon
could easily alter this situation. Although very dangerous, the methane gas trapped
beneath the lake could actually be used for industrial and domestic energy, and the two
countries have agreed on a five-year project to siphon off Lake Kivu’s abundant gas supply. But this is a two-edged sword. It could power the surrounding towns while
helping reduce the risk of a deadly explosion, or it could disturb the ecosystem and trigger
one of the most tragic eruptions in history. Scientists fear that what happened to Cameroon’s
Lake Nyos 30 years ago would also happen to Lake Kivu, only a thousand times worse. Lake Nyos is a crater lake whose waters are
also saturated with carbon dioxide. And in 1986, a land slide caused the release
of a huge cloud of CO2, which spread as far as 16 miles within minutes, suffocating both
humans and livestock. Over 1,700 people were killed. Lake Nyos was much smaller at only about 1.6
kilometers. Lake Kivu, on the other hand, measures at
2,700 square kilometers. And with over 2 million people living along
its banks, an explosion would definitely be catastrophic.

24 thoughts on “The DEADLIEST Bodies of Water in The World

  1. Empty your mind. Be formless, shapeless like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water my friend. ~ Bruce Lee

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