When a Lake Hides a Town in Transylvania
Lake Bezid presents a scene that is alternately bleak and hauntingly beautiful. The scene is surreal with half-sunken buildings looking like tombstones in the middle of the lake. Situated in the Transylvania region of Romania sits Lake Bezid. Adding an atmosphere of mystery, the lake hides the remains of a destroyed village. The whole town was flooded after an artificial dam failed. Some of the ruins lay visible lake-side, while in the lake, part of the church and its tower are still visible. Other buildings are completely underwater and decaying. With its submerged ghost town, Lake Bezid is an other-worldly place.
The Cypress Forest in Caddo Lake
Caddo Lake is home to living trees that still grow even in their semi-submerged state. Located on the Texas-Louisiana border in the town of Uncertain, Caddo Lake is home to the world’s largest cypress forest. Caddo is also Texas’ only naturally formed lake and covers 32,700 acres of a maze of channels and meandering bayous within thousands of acres of Spanish moss draped cypress. The growth rings on the present day cypress trees have as many as 400 to 600 years worth. Caddo Lake was also the site of the world’s first off-shore drilling for oil.
The Amazing Underwater Forest of Lake Kaindy
What makes Lake Kaindy truly remarkable is that it contains an underwater forest. Visible on the lakes surface are the tall, dried-out tops of submerged Spruce trees that rise above the water’s surface like the masts of sunken ships. They are the only sign of the amazing frozen forest below the water’s surface.
The water is so cold (even in summer the temperature does not exceed 6 degrees) that the pine needles remain on the trees, even after a hundred years of being submerged. During the winter, the lake freezes and becomes a popular spot for ice diving.
The lake is 400 meters long and is located in Kazakhstan’s portion of the Tian Shan Mountains, about 129 km from the city of Almaty. The lake was created after an earthquake in 1911 triggered a large landslide blocking the gorge and forming a natural dam.