Reese is on the move again. Where in the world is our wonder boy visiting today?
Here’s a hint;
This fascinating lake is located in British Columbia, Canada. It is considered a “saline endorheic alkali lake.”
Did you guess the Spotted Lake? You’re right!
Even though you can’t tell from Reese’s selfie, the First Nations Okanagan (Sylix) tribe, considered Lake Khiluk a sacred place of healing.
Let’s explore Reese’s “magical” location further;
Did you know?
- The “spotted” location is also called, Lake Khiluk. It is the most mineralized lake in the world. Each puddle holds a different and unique chemical content.
- The lake measures 0.16 miles wide by 0.43 miles long.
- The Okanagan tribe used the water to treat conditions such as warts, skin disease, body aches, and battle wounds.
- This lake doesn’t have any drainage, so it isn’t fed by an ocean, river, or stream. During the summer, most of the water evaporates from the lake, leaving the colorful spots of minerals.
- The lake bottom around the spots dries and hardens forming natural paths throughout the lake.
- The colors of the spots change with the time of day and seasons.
- During World War I ammunition was made using minerals from Lake Khiluk.
The most predominate mineral found in the spots is magnesium sulfate. There are plenty of calcium and sodium sulphates, too. Scientists have also identified eight other minerals present in some of the spots, including silver and titanium.
Thank you, Reese, for showing us this weirdly wonderful lake!
Where in the world is he off to now? Be sure to join us next week when Reese will explore another fun, fact-filled location.