Underground rivers and lakes: top 10 amazing photos
Underground lake in Mexico
Underground lake in Banff National Park, Canada. You can find a small waterfall there.
Lechuguilla Cave is a lake located inside the cave in Lechuga, USA. The cave is unique in its origin and diversity of crystalline mineral deposits.
Mellisani Cave is an underground lake in Greece, which was discovered since the earthquake in 1953 that destroyed Mellisani cave.
Wookey Hole. Group of limestone caves near Wells, England, curved out over time by the river Ex. In pagan times there were rituals in honor of the goddess associated with the onset of winter performed. This ritual act played out on the Sabbath in Sammayn (around October 31), included the sacrifice of bulls to visualize the evidence of dying land. The goddess was represented as a high priestess during the rituals. Caves could be also used for women's dedication into the priestly dignity. In 1912 during the excavation of the caves the core of the Romano-British woman was found. Near the skeleton investigators alos found bones of goats, as well as a comb, a dagger and a round stalagmite in the form of tough crystal ball.
According to the legend, a "Witch from Wookey” lived in the cave. According to one version, the witch was disappointed in love, and in revenge she cast a spell on the people of the village of Wookey and demanded human sacrifices. Then frightened residents appealed to the abbot of Glastonbury. He sent a monk and killed the witch in the depths of the cave. Her evil spell had no effect on the monk. Witch tried to escape, but the monk was able to sprinkle her with holy water, and she became a stone. According to the other version, the witch put her evil spell against lovers throughout the county of Somerset. Due to her charms all weddings were breaking apart. One of the grooms who failed with the wedding took holy vows and became a monk. He avenged witch, sprinkled it with holy water, and therefor the witch became a stone. 20 feet high stalagmite inside the cave is probably the stoned witch.
Cheddar Gorge is the largest canyon in the UK and takes part of the Cheddar Caves. The human remains were found here in 1903, whose age is estimated to be at least 9,000 years.
Reed Flute Cave is a large cave, which is located near the Guilin city in China. Its length is about 500 meters, and it is 240 meters deep. According to the legend, the name Cave reed flute comes from reeds that grow nearby and has been long used for making flutes. The first visit to the cave was recorded 1,300 years ago during the reign of the Tang Dynasty. Officially Reed Flute Cave became accessible to visitors in 1959.
Macan Che is the underground lake placed on the Yukotan peninsula. According to the legends of Maya tribe this is a sacred lake, which is a gift of the gods.
Luray Caverns are the caves located in Luray living area, Virginia. Inside the cave there is a beautiful lake. The water is so calm that stalactites are reflected in the water and highly resemble these stalagmites.
Hamilton Pool is located in Texas. This is a pool of natural origin, which was formed as a result of the collapse of the dome of an underground river. Lake remains in the free open space, but it is still half underground. It covers an area of about one square kilometer. Its small size lake compensates for the beauty that surrounds it. There are huge limestone slabs around the pool. The streams of water flow down from the grotto, proudly referred to a "waterfall." The waters inhabit fish and small turtles.