They look just fabulous.
Kelimutu (Kelimutu) – famous volcano, located in the eponymous national Park in the centre of the Indonesian island of Flores. Last Kelimutu woke up in 1968, after which the signs of activity were observed. On top of the volcano, with a height of 1639 m, is a natural miracle of the three crater lakes of different colors. They appeared in the result of the last eruption Kelimutu, when the magma formed small depressions, over time, infused with atmospheric deposition. Unusual reservoirs located relatively close to each other, tend to periodically change the color from turquoise to green, red, brown or black.
According to current scientific speculation, such changes of color lakes occur as a result of a chemical reaction that occurs between different minerals and gas. For example, the reddish tint gives the reaction of iron with hydrogen sulfide, and high concentration of hydrochloric acid and sulfuric acid causes a deep green color.
The residents of the village of Moni, located almost at the foot of Kelimutu, has his own theory – they believe that in these lakes sent the souls of their dead ancestors, and the color change indicates that the soul inhabiting the waters, angry. Another version says that the change of color can be a signal of the impending critical events in Indonesia.
Each lake has its name, displays the legend associated with it. The most Western of the lakes, located approximately 1.5 km from the other two, is called employed in this article-ATA-Mbulu (“lake of old people”), where, according to legend, sheltered the souls of those who worthily had lived out their lives and died of old age. It symbolizes the wisdom and knowledge of older people that come only with age.
The name of the Central lake employed in this article-LSA-Muri-Koog-tai – translated as “lake of young men and girls”, it leaves the innocent souls of those who died young. This lake is especially often changes the colour of, say, over the last twenty-six years, it is twelve times changed the color of their water.
The latter two water bodies are located nearby, they are separated by only a thin wall of the crater, which, according to the beliefs of local residents, represents the thin line between good and evil:
The color of the water of the three lakes is very unpredictable, so rising to the top of the volcano, it is impossible to know exactly which combinations of colors will be this time. According to the latest data, now the lake of old men painted black, although more recently it was green, lake boys and girls has a rich green color, and the lake of evil souls – brown. Just a few years ago they had a white, turquoise and red colors. In November 2009 the water of the lakes was painted in black, turquoise and brown.
And in July 2010, employed in this article-ATA-Mbulu pleasing to the eye bottle green colour, employed in this article-LSA-Muri-Koog-tai was painted in the turquoise color, as employed in this article-ATA Polo was the color of the green moss:
To enjoy the amazing views of the waters is best from the top of Kelimutu, which is an observation deck, or rather pyramid, called “point of inspiration”. The most beautiful and vibrant shades of lake acquire at dawn and dusk, and late in the morning when they are surrounded by thick fog, there is a fascinating air of mystery. Consider the water is better and safer all of the designated areas, as the volcanic stone and is very slippery to walk on it is extremely dangerous, besides, coming from a pair of lakes lead to fainting.
Lake of the kelimutu volcano is one of the most interesting sights of Indonesia. Indonesians are very fond of this place, before the famous water-the chameleons were even depicted on the banknote of RS.5000.
These lakes are only a small part of the Kelimutu national Park, a UNESCO world heritage site. Admire the unique natural objects of the area every year attracts several thousand tourists.
To reach the village of Moni, located a few kilometers from the foot of the volcano, from various cities, the nearest of them – the end (51 km) and Maumere (62 km). The path from Moni to the volcano by car takes 30-40 minutes, and from the Parking lot to the colored lakes just 20-30 minutes walking distance. To stay in the village either with local residents or in some of the local hotels. In the village there are restaurants, small shops and a market where you can buy food, clothes and everything necessary for everyday life.
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