Before You Decide To Put On A Bathing Suit & Dive In…Here Are The 10 Most Dangerous Lakes & Rivers In The World
Lakes and rivers are an important part of the world’s ecosystem, they provide us with not only drinking water, but also provide us with a natural highway on which we can travel. Not only that, but these bodies of water provide us with fish to eat. The world is 70 percent water, so it’s probably a good thing that the stuff is good for us. We can drink it, swim in it, grow food with it and just plain live because of it.
However, certain bodies of water are shockingly harmful to us. Interacting with some lakes and rivers can hurt us, make us sick, or even kill us. I know, it’s almost hard to believe that these lakes and rivers would be hazardous to our health and it’s not just because of man-made pollution either, mother nature is partly to blame.
Watch the video below and you’ll see just exactly what I mean. Some of these harmful lakes and rivers are right here in the United States.
#10. Boiling Lake Dominica
Whoever named this place was certainly no fan of subtlety: Boiling Lake is exactly what it sounds like. Discovered in 1870 by two Englishmen, temperatures taken five years later ranged anywhere from 82 to 91.5 °C.
#9. Citarum River West Java, Indonesia
Here we have a body of water that can destroy us, but only because we screwed it up. Citarum River might well be the most polluted, trash-filled bit of water on the planet.
#8. Rio Tinto Spain
Rio Tinto is among the most acidic bodies of water around, with a pH balance of 2, at best. This means the Rio Tinto is as strong as stomach acid and is more than powerful enough to kill any fish that dare swim in it.
#7. Lake Kivu Of DRC And Rwanda
Three hundred meters (1,000 ft) below the surface of Lake Kivu lies a ticking time bomb. Over 250 cubic kilometers (60 cubic miles) of carbon dioxide, along with around 65 cubic kilometers (15 cubic miles) of methane gas, lurks under this body of water, enough to provide electricity to several countries.
#6. The Rivers Of Johannesburg South Africa
Catching E. coli is no fun under normal circumstances; now imagine you were literally swimming in the stuff.
#5. Blackwater River Virginia, USA
Too much water can be a bad thing, even if the water can’t kill you otherwise.
#4. Tualatin River Oregon, USA
Oregon’s Tualatin River is not the place to be if you want to take your dogs for a swim; close to a dozen pups die there every year from exposure to toxic blue-green algae.
#3. Lake Karachay Russia
Like a supermodel with a bomb strapped underneath her bodice, Russia’s Lake Karachay is pristine, gorgeous, and incredibly deadly. It is, without question, the most radioactive body of water on the planet.
#2. Belle Fourche River And South Dakota, USA
Belle Fourche isn’t poisonous, boiling, or radioactive. However, it is turbulent and wild, at least in one particular area.
#1. Potomac River Maryland–West Virginia Border, USA
Though the only thing most people know about the Potomac is that Washington, DC is situated on it, the legendary river can also be associated with something else: horrible deaths.