Thursday, 21 February 2013

The Asphalt lake in Trinidad

The Pitch Lake located in Trinidad is one of the most unusual lakes in the world. People can walk on its surface. The Pitch Lake is the largest natural deposit of asphalt in the world, located at La Brea in southwest Trinidad, within the Siparia Regional Corporation. The lake covers about 40 ha and is reported to be 75 m deep. 

Pitch Lake is a tourist attraction that attracts about 20,000 visitors annually. Pitch Lake has fascinated explorers and scientists, as well as attracting tourists, since its discovery by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1595. Raleigh himself found immediate use for the asphalt to caulk his ship. Exported asphalt from Pitch Lake was also used to pave the streets of some regions of New York City. Since its re-discovery, there have been numerous research investigations into the use and chemical composition of this material. 

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