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13 of the most bizarre lakes in the world

By: Bryan Nelson on Sept. 13, 2010, 11:36 a.m.
Pitch Lake

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Pitch Lake

Trinidad's grimy Pitch Lake is the largest natural deposit of asphalt in the world. The lake covers more than 40 hectares, can run about 75 meters deep, and even harbors alien-like extremophile organisms in its water.

Locals also proclaim that its waters have mystical curative properties for anyone who bathes in them — though such claims are unproven. Interestingly, asphalt mined from Pitch Lake has been used to pave some streets in New York City.