5 Breathtaking Crater Lakes in the World

Heaven Lake Baekdu Mountain

A crater lake is a lake that forms in a volcanic crater or caldera, such as a maar; less commonly and with lower association to the term a lake may form in an impact crater caused by a meteorite, or in an artificial explosion caused by humans. Sometimes lakes which form inside calderas are called caldera lakes, but often this distinction is not made. Crater lakes covering active (fumarolic) volcanic vents are sometimes known as volcanic lakes, and the water within them is often acidic, saturated with volcanic gases, and cloudy with a strong greenish color. Lakes located in dormant or extinct volcanoes tend to have fresh water, and the water clarity in such lakes can be exceptional due to the lack of inflowing streams and sediment. – Wikipedia

Nature never ceases to surprise and amaze with its astonishing feats of wonder. And crater lakes are among the spectacular sights you can find on Earth. From their formation to the unique ways they may vary from each other, volcanic lakes can be both breathtaking and mysterious. Here are just some of the most stunning ones worth making the trip for.

Blue Lake (Mount Gambier, Australia)
Blue Lake
Blue Lake lies in one of the extinct craters of Mount Gambier. As the name suggests, the lake exhibits a stunning brilliant blue color for certain months of the year, specifically from December to March. The water’s color then changes to steel grey from April to November making Blue Lake a beautiful oddity in itself.

Crater Lake (Oregon, USA)
Crater Lake
Crater Lake in Oregon is the best known among all the crater lakes in the world. Its depth reaches 1,943 feet, which makes it the US’ deepest lake. It clear water comes mostly from rain and snow.

Heaven Lake Baekdu Mountain (China and North Korea)
Heaven Lake Baekdu Mountain
Heaven Lake is located at Baekdu Mountain which straddles the countries of China and North Korea. It is a stunning crater like which conceals the opening to the volcano. It was formed after the volcanic mountain’s eruption many centuries ago.

Inferno Crater Lake (Waimangu Valley, New Zealand)
Inferno Crater Lake
Inferno Crater Lake’s name alone adds to the mystic quality that crater lakes seem to possess. Located at Waimangu Valley, Inferno Crater Lake’s water level may vary as it rises and falls over 10 meters. Temperature varies between 35 to 80 degrees Celsius.

Mount Pinatubo Crater Lake (Luzon, Philippines)
Mount Pinatubo Crater Lake
Mount Pinatubo’s eruption in 1991 was one of the most destructive volcanic eruptions of the 20th century. The volcano lay dormant for more than 400 years before it erupted. The crater lake’s formation is attributed to the said eruption.

What Makes Crater Lake National Park Awesome

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It’s not every day we get to visit a park like the Crater Lake National Park in Southern Oregon.

First opened back in 1902 and spanning 183,224 acres of land, the Crater Lake National Park is not your usual location filled with historical beginnings and multicultural settings. As per namesake, this park is best known for its crater lake – a remnant of the now-collapsed Mount Mazama. Nearby, there’s the Wizard Island, a cinder cone on the western rim of Crater Lake that spans 315.85 acres of land and can only be accessed during summer; and the Rim Drive, a popular highway around the caldera rim of Crater Lake that spans 3 kilometers of loop road and can be accessed from two points: the Pumice Desert in the north and the Munson Valley Historic District in the south.

Even more so, Crater Lake National Park doesn’t promise a myriad of places to see, but also a myriad of things to experience.

Some of the best places to see within the park, aside from its very own crater lake and Wizard Island, include the Crater Peak, a shield volcano that is made of andesite and basalt lava flows; the Timber Crater, also a shield volcano like Crater Peak that comes with two cinder cones; and the Union Peak, an extinct volcano that is reminisced by a large plug.

Some of the best things to experience within the park, aside from sightseeing on its very own Rim Drive, include Crater Lake Oregon swimming or boat riding from access point Cleetwood Trail, hiking or camping on Garfield Peak, trekking or swimming on Plaikni Falls, strolling or cycling on Castle Crest Wildflower Garden, and a whole lot more.

Indeed, it’s not every day we get to visit a park like this.

Visit Southern Oregon now to see, as well as experience, for yourself what makes Crater Lake National Park awesome!

Nature and Exercise: Taking Workouts Outdoors

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Much has been said about how nature is good for us. But not many people get to spend time in the wilderness or in the midst of nature as needed. You do not have to be an outdoor lover to seek the benefits of spending some time away from the constant buzz of city life. And the good news is that you do not have to wait for planned nature trips to enjoy a bit of nature scenery. Taking your workouts outside is just one of the simple ways you can benefit from the two things that are good for you – nature and exercise.

Take a stroll or walk as often as you can. Walking is probably one of the best exercises that you can easily build around your daily routines. It is something that you can do on a whim at any time you want. You can walk in familiar routes or explore new paths. Apart from getting your daily dose of exercise, you also get a chance to meet with other people in your community.

Explore green spaces on two wheels. Biking is another great outdoor activity that allows you to enjoy more scenery. It beats sweating it out for an hour or more on indoor exercise machines. You could burn a lot of calories in an hour or two cycling near parks or other green spaces close to you.

Go for a run. Running is a great form of exercise outdoors. You can opt to get off the beaten roadside tracks to run in trails or along the beach near you. Going for a run every day can give you the energy and stamina to accomplish the things you have to do at any given day.

Find a trail and go for a hike. Hiking makes a great addition to your list of options when you develop the habit of exercising outdoors. Changing terrains can provide your leg muscles with a good workout. But more importantly, it gives you an opportunity to spend more time with nature. Go for a hike with your loved ones and friends for some added fun.

Take your yoga mat outside. If you practice yoga inside your home or at the gym, you may want to change things up by taking your yoga mat outside a few times a week. Start on your porch or backyard. Or you can head out to the nearest park and join other yogis who may be doing their own exercises there.