Wonders of the World: the Multicolored Lakes of Mount Kelimutu, Indonesia

Long considered a sacred spot and final resting place for departed souls, the multicolored lakes of the Kelimutu volcano are among the most incredible wonders of the world.

Though the three lakes are all on the crest of the same volcano, and two even share a crater wall, they are all different colors.

The two adjacent lakes, the "Enchanted Lake" and the "Lake of Young Men and Maidens," are often red or green respectively. And the "Lake of Old People" is typically blue. But their color can vary unpredictably between blue, green, black and red.

A quick peek at Wikipedia entry on Kelimutu will tell you that "...the colour changes as a result of chemical reactions resulting from the minerals contained in the lake perhaps triggered by volcano gas activity."


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