Izay Ayesha describes some scintillating water bodies
Mother Nature has its own way of working and the human race could only imitate it. However many times it has been noted that humans have also done a marvelous job while following the contours set by the nature. In this context, beautiful artificial lakes are a treat to watch. The Man-made lakes construction of reservoirs, dams and mines has produced some incredible waterways that are equally as gorgeous as their natural counterparts.
Lake Dunstan, New Zealand
New Zealand’s South Island has many beautiful bodies of water. Most are natural but not Lake Dunstan in the Otago region, which was formed on the Clutha River following the construction of the Clyde Dam in 1993 but it is none the less stunning. The small historic town of Cromwell sits on the water’s edge – many of its old buildings were moved when the dam was created.
Lake Nasser, Egypt
Lake Nasser in southern Egypt is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world, stretching across 2,030 square miles (5,257sq km). It was formed when the Aswan High Dam was built across the Nile between 1958 and 1970, threatening to submerge several historical tombs and temples and spurring a major international campaign to save them.
Kaolin Lake, Indonesia
Indonesia’s striking Kaolin Lake is an abandoned quarry which was built to collect industrial minerals needed for cosmetics, toothpaste and paper production, and later flooded. Located on the island of Belitung, its dazzling turquoise expanse is surrounded by mountains of excavated white rocks. Swimming in its waters is reputed to have health benefits.
Lake Burley Griffin, Australia
The park-lined Lake Burley Griffin lies at the heart of Australia’s capital Canberra both physically and socially. The large and beautiful lake was created in 1963 when the Molonglo River was dammed and was named after Walter Burley Griffin, who designed the city. Many of Canberra’s national institutions lie along its shores and it’s usually a hub of activity year-round.
Lake Vyrnwy, Wales
With its fairy-tale water tower and brooding mountainous surrounds, Lake Vyrnwy in Powys, Wales, is a dreamy spot. It’s hard to believe that the stretch of water isn’t natural, but the lake was created in the late 19th century to provide safe water to the rapidly growing city of Liverpool. The impressive stone dam that stretches across the Vyrnwy river valley was completed in 1889 – it was the first large stone-built dam in Britain.
Durlassboden Basin, Austria
Surrounded by the Zillertal Alps and the Reichenspitz mountain range, the stunning Durlassboden Basin stretches between the Austrian states of Tyrol and Salzburg. The high-altitude reservoir (4,593ft/1,400m) is usually a hive of activity with hikers and cyclists doing the circuit around the water or venturing further up in to the mountains.
Qiandao Lake, China
Qiandao Lake in China’s eastern province of Zhejiang, also known as Thousand Island Lake, was created in 1959 following the construction of the Xin’an River hydroelectric station and dam. It flooded the area, controversially forcing 290,000 people to relocate their homes and submerging two ancient cities. TW