Water covers around 70% of Planet Earth, contained is rivers, lakes, oceans and underground aquifers. Humans need water in order to survive, as do animals and plants.

While we generally see water as something that we need or something that we use for survival, agriculture, domestic and industrial use, power and transport, we often miss the beauty in some of the most amazing bodies of water that are spread around the world.

The next time you think about water, think about the beauty of some of these sites:

Spotted Lake, Canada – is an alkaline lake in British Columbia, locally known as Kliluk, which is rich in minerals such as sulphates, and also small doses of silver and titanium. The lake is considered sacred and the lake’s salts were used to make explosives during WWI

Boiling Lake, Dominica – is located high up in Morne Trois Pitons National Park and gets its name from the fact that, heated by molten lava underneath, it literally boils and breathes out steam and hot gas through an opening into the lake.

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia – at 10,582 sq. km, this is the world’s largest salt flat. During the wet season, the salt desert gets flooded by water from neighbouring lakes and transforms into a giant mirror reflecting the sky.

Pitch Lake, Trinidad – is the largest natural deposit of tar or asphalt in the world. It is thought to lie between two faults, through which underground oil seeps up. The tar that seeps up is home to many microorganisms and is also a treasure chest of fossilised animals that became entrapped in the sticky asphalt.

Loktak Lake, India – is speckled by large, circular masses of intertwined vegetation, soil and other organic matter called phumdis. This lake is rich in biodiversity and home to threatened animals like Indian pythons and hoolock gibbons.

While these sites are beautiful to look at, remember that water is survival, so we need to ensure that we respect all bodies of water and that means not polluting them – our survival depends on this!

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