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Mysterious lake inexplicably replenishes its freshwater without a source

May 19, 2022 | Comment icon 14 comments

Nobody knows where the water's freshwater is coming from. Image Credit: sxc.hu
A picturesque lake perched high atop a mountain in Ontario, Canada has a mystery that has yet to be solved.
Found 200ft above Lake Ontario's Bay of Quinte, this peculiar freshwater lake - named 'Onokenoga' by the Mohawks - has been puzzling scientists and researchers for years.

Despite the fact that there are no known sources of water flowing to or from the lake, it somehow manages to provide a constant supply of freshwater - a natural curiosity that seems to defy all geological norms and which, even to this day, has no definitive explanation.

The Mohawk's revered the lake, with some of the earliest settlers believing that it might even descend into the very bowels of the Earth.
While this is certainly unlikely, scientists have long struggled to find a modern explanation for the phenomenon and despite numerous searches, no source for the freshwater has been found.

Over the years the mystery has helped to propel interest in the area which is now a popular destination for hikers and for those looking to get away from it all for a few days.

Whether the lake's mysteries will ever truly be solved, however, remains to be seen.

Source: The Travel | Comments (14)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by joc 1 month ago
 What is really super amazing is that it never, ever, ever rains on that particular mountain. Ever!  Not a drop!
Comment icon #6 Posted by godnodog 1 month ago
Water pressure from bellow and spread throughout the base of the lake? I have no idea how geological processes go.
Comment icon #7 Posted by lightly 1 month ago
There is obviously a “ source” of water, because, there is water in the lake.   If it doesn’t come from above, it comes from below?
Comment icon #8 Posted by moonman 1 month ago
It has a source, they just haven't found it yet.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Myles 1 month ago
Dumn article title.  Of course there is a "source".   Probably springs.  
Comment icon #10 Posted by Abramelin 1 month ago
Comment icon #11 Posted by lightly 1 month ago
Yup Abe, that’s undoubtedly the answer to the mystery.     Over most of the earth there is much more water underground, than above.    
Comment icon #12 Posted by Abramelin 1 month ago
Blame gravity.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Steve761 1 month ago
That photo is NOT the lake they are speaking about. Not even close. It?s called ? Lake on the Mountain?.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Jon the frog 29 days ago
Aquifer and rain...There's a lot of lakes without any spring or river coming in. Water just sip in underground.  But you can have a pristine spring nearby:

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