Breathtaking footage shows a glacial lake with a beautiful shade of turquoise after ice melts on its surface
- Stunning footage from Monday shows a bright blue glacial lake in China
- The warm temperatures in spring slowly melts a layer of ice on the Yuhu Lake
- The body of water changes colours during the year due to mineral composition
A glacial lake in China has shown an incredible shade of blue after warmer spring temperatures slowly melted a layer of ice on its surface.
The Yuhu Lake, also known as Jade Lake, is now drawing crowds of visitors to its banks in Zhaosu County, in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of north-eastern China.
Rare images released yesterday show the glass-like surface of Yuhu Lake with a hue of bright blue and turquoise as the seasonal melting began.
A stunning picture has captured a glacial lake with a shade of bright blue as warmer spring temperatures slowly melt a layer of ice on its surface
The high-altitude lake, which is 2,200 metres (7,200 feet) above sea level, stretches over 10 kilometres (6.21 mile) and has an average depth of 90 metres (295 feet).
The body of water is fed by the Muzha’erte Glacier on the southern slopes of the Tian Shan mountain range on the border between China and Kyrgyzstan.
Due to the mineral composition in the lake, it often changes colour depending on the season, but the bright blue hue can only be seen occasionally in spring when the surface ice begins to melt.
Experts cited by Chinese state media say the rare sight is the result of a slow and even melting of ice, as well as the stillness of the water’s surface.
This happens as temperatures rise moderately during spring. After the ice fully melts in the summer, the lake will become transparent and clear.
Experts cited by Chinese state media say the rare sight is the result of a slow and even melting of ice, as well as the stillness of the water’s surface
This happens as temperatures rise moderately during spring. After the ice fully melts in the summer, the lake will become transparent and clear
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