The 20 Best Wet Holes on Earth
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 Sea 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
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
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
This lake changes color based upon the volcanic activity beneath it. It’s like a mood ring for the volcano gods.
Lake Nyos, Cameroon
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
Temperatures in this body of water reach 200 degrees Fahrenheit. If you drop enough leaves in there, you’d have the world’s largest pot of tea.
Laguna Colorada, Bolivia
With its blood red waters and islands made of borax, this lake simultaneously wants to stain your clothes and clean them.
Pitch Lake, 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
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
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
An oasis in the harsh environment of the Sahara. The problem with most oases is that some joker always pees in them.
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.Speak Your MindTell us what you're thinking... and oh, if you want a pic to show with your comment, go get a gravatar!