Spotted Lake in Kanada

Fascinating natural spectacle: Spotted Lake in Canada attracts space explorers


One of Canada’s greatest natural wonders is located near the small town of Osoyoos in the province of British Columbia: The indigenous people of the Okanagan tribe call it Kliluk, but it is better known today as Spotted Lake – a lake with a fascinating lake every summer Acting happens. The water almost completely dries up, leaving hundreds of small pools of different colors.

According to the Okanagan belief, there is a pool for every day of the year, but according to the “New York Times”There are probably around 400 in total. Their color is also explained by the nature of the lake, because it has no natural inflows or outflows, is only fed by precipitation, groundwater and meltwater. The minerals it contains have been washed into the lake since time immemorial and create the colors that make Spotted Lake so unique.

Space exploration at Spotted Lake

The countless pools of Spotted Lake contain high concentrations of mineralsPhoto: dpa Picture Alliance

The Okanagan have been using the minerals from the Kliluk for ceremonies for millennia, such as the healing mud on its banks and the salt that it contains in very high concentrations. The lake is so unusual that space researchers took an interest in it as early as 2012: They hoped to use investigations to find out something about how dried-up lakes on Mars (if they actually exist) looked like today.

A doctor from Brown University found that the composition of the minerals in the Kliluk was similar to that in the so-called Columbus crater on the Red Planet – apparently there was actually a body of water there. In the end, however, the researcher was unable to draw any valid conclusions from his investigations. Nevertheless, the Spotted Lake amazes science, because there actually is life here, including an alga that feeds on the mineral salt.

A sacrifice for the lake in Canada

Since the Kliluk is sacred to the Okanagan, you shouldn’t just visit it – according to “CBC”In 2001 the indigenous people acquired both the lake and 22 hectares of land that surrounds it. The water is now fenced off, and anyone who wants to approach it needs permission from the indigenous peoples – and also from the lake itself. For example, you can make a small offering to the Kliluk or walk around it as a sign of respect.

According to the New York Times, the best time to watch the phenomenon of countless small pools is at the end of July. Those who do not have permission to approach the holy waters can at least take a look at the Kliluk from a distance. From Osoyoos you have to drive the Highway 3 about ten kilometers west.