The 20 Best Wet Holes on Earth

 
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    April 23, 2012 at 5:30 am


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    Our parents always said we’d be geologists, because ever since we were 13 we haven’t been able to stop thinking of wet holes. It’s a natural fact: When you ease a plunging column of water into a gap in the Earth, the results are spectacular. To illustrate this, we found 20 eye-popping wet holes that should be gawked at like the spectacles they are:

     

    Black Hole of Andros, Bahamas

    One of the most unusual places in the world

    Deep down this aquatic hole is a huge section of purple toxic bacteria. Past this bacteria is a chamber of oxygen-free water, which we always thought was called “hydrogen,” but apparently not.

     

    Great Blue Hole, Belize

    Natural formation in Belize

    A scuba diving haven popularized by Jacques Cousteau. If you were ever told to “stick something where the sun don’t shine,” this is probably where you were supposed to go.

     

    Monticello Dam, California

    Monticello Dam

    This funnel allows water to avoid the dam rather than adding undue pressure. Personally, we would’ve made the opposite, an enormous spray of water shooting over the dam. Hydraulic engineers just have no room for imagination.

     

    Crater Lake, Oregon

    Volcano-formed lake

    Formed by the collapse of a volcano, Crater Lake is known for having some of the purest water in North America. Probably the only pollution it gets is when a flock of birds passes over.

     

    Kimberley Diamond Mine, South Africa

    Hand dug in South Africa

    The largest hole excavated by hand, the mine has been abandoned for nearly a century. It has now filled with rainwater, and probably any animals unlucky enough to fall in.

     

    Mystery Hole at Bottom of Atlantic Ocean

    mystery fun ocean hole

    Since there’s no light at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, you can picture this hole every time you close your eyes.

     

    Jagersfontein Mine, South Africa

    Another Aouth African hand dug mine

    Some argue that this mine is now the largest hand-dug hole, because Kimberley Mine is full of water and rocks. We imagine whomever they are arguing with just shakes their head sadly, and changes the discussion to a more interesting topic.

     

    Cenote Zacaton, Mexico

    Deep hole in Mexico

    This water-filled sinkhole is nearly 1,000 feet deep. That’s tall enough to fit most of the phallic monuments in the United States, like the Space Needle or the Washington Monument.

     

    Deep Sea Vents

    Hot water vents

    Water at 760 degrees Fahrenheit (over three times its boiling point), shoots into an ocean floor that’s just a few degrees above freezing. This is probably where sharks go to boil lobsters.

     

    Lake Vostok, Antarctica

    Antarctic under-ice lake

    Russian scientists recently drilled through 13,000 feet of ice to reach this lake, isolated for millions of years. Great, now any one of those scientists could actually be a body-snatching alien.

     

    Jellyfish Lake, Palau

    lake in Panau

    Located on an island in Palau, scuba divers can see millions of jellyfish bobbing around. No word on how many stung-to-death divers can be seen floating around.

     

    Diego de la Haya, Costa Rica

    Color changing lake

    This lake changes color based upon the volcanic activity beneath it. It’s like a mood ring for the volcano gods.

     

    Lake Nyos, Cameroon

    Cameroon exploding lake

    In 1986, this lake emitted tons of carbon dioxide, killing 1,700 people in the surrounding area. A terrible tragedy, make worse by the fact that “getting farted on by the Earth,” is a horrible way to go.

     

    Boiling Lake, Dominica

    Hot lake in Dominica

    Temperatures in this body of water reach 200 degrees Fahrenheit. If you drop enough leaves in there, you’d┬áhave the world’s largest pot of tea.

     

    Laguna Colorada, Bolivia

    Lake of red

    With its blood red waters and islands made of borax, this lake simultaneously wants to stain your clothes and clean them.

     

    Pitch Lake, Trinidad

    Asphalt lake in Trinidad

    Scientists are baffled as to why this lake contains huge amounts of asphalt. We keep telling them to investigate the possibility of ancient alien runways.

     

    Valhalla Missile Silo, Texas

    Converted scuba silo

    This underground missile silo has been converted into a scuba diving training facility. It also doubles as a shelter, should hydrophobic aliens invade.

     

    Cenote Esqueleto Temple of Doom, Mexico

    Mexican scuba diving hole

    Apparently a lot of people enjoy hanging out in pitch black underwater caves of a place called “Temple of Doom.” This is why showing Indiana Jones should be mandatory in classrooms.

     

    Crescent Lake, Gobi Desert

    Gobi Oasis

    An oasis in the harsh environment of the Sahara. The problem with most oases is that some joker always pees in them.

     

    Huacachina, Peru

    Peruvian oasis town

    This stretch of water harbors a town with a population of about 100. We imagine popular pastimes there are stuff like sandboarding and building sandcastles.

     
     
    Comments
    1. Free Newbie says:

      Very nice and interesting places, thank you for presenting this

     
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