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The Kliluk: a multicolored lake

The Kliluk: a multicolored lake

Ottawa, Jan 14 (Prensa Latina) An event seldom seen in other parts of the world is the Kliluk, a lake located in the eastern British Columbia valley in Canada.

At first sight it doesn’t even looks like a space with water, reason for which it´s apparently a dozen multicolored dots.

The round-shaped dots for which it’s told apart from others, experts say, are due to the vaporization of water, which, when evaporated, favors the crystallization of minerals on the surface, thus creating small wells.

The color range is in line with water composition and can offer from yellow and green shades to silvery and sky blue, among others.

To be exact, this occurs in the summer, when water vaporizes and the lake’s bottom is visible with pools spread around the area and separated by white edges.

There are even 16 different minerals, such as calcium, titanium and silver, plus sodium sulphates and magnesium salts crystalizing with high alkalinity and generating the multicolored round spots.

During World War I one ton of raw material was extracted there daily to make ammunition.

At present the lake is owned by the area´s native populations, which consider it a sacred site because its clay has been used with therapeutic purposes.

Some legends have it that the devotion for the Kliluk and conviction of its curative properties was so that, during a battle between rival tribes, a truce was established for the two sides to be able to take care of and cure the injured in the site.

With 15 hectares, it´s considered the most mineralized lake on Earth and up to 365 pools can be counted in it.

During the summer it can dry out almost entirely, but everything changes in the winter, when a snow blanket totally covers it.

Throughout history it has received different epithets, including speckled, spotted, dotted and multicolored lake.

Taken from Orbe

By Ivette Fernandez


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