2021-02-17

Lake McDonald and its Colorful Stones

Lake Mcdonald glacier national park, In the USA state of Montana, near the border with Canada, Montana is located, which has the beautiful Glacier National Park. Glacier Park is a very picturesque place, famous for its forests, mountains and glacial lakes. There are more than 700 lakes in the National Park, but only 131 have their names; the rest are unnamed.

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Lake Mcdonald Montana

One of the most striking features of some of the lakes is the coloured pebbles covering their bottom and shores. The stones and pebbles are painted in various colours, from deep red to green and blue. The lake McDonald on the west side of the park. One of the most striking features of some of the lakes is the coloured pebbles covering their bottom and shores. 

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Lake Mcdonald Glacier National Park


Lake McDonald is the largest lakes of the Glacier National Park, with a surface area of ​​27.6 square kilometres. It is also the longest, exceeding 15 km in length, and the deepest lake with 141 meters. Not surprisingly, lake Mcdonald glacier is considered one of the most beautiful of the US National Parks.

Lake Mcdonald Rocks

The coloured stones of lake McDonald are entirely the credit of the planet. The colour of the pebbles is due to the iron content in sedimentary rocks and the degree of its oxidation. So, for example, where iron was in close contact with air, red colours prevail there. But green colours are typical for stones formed at great depths, where oxygen is very limited.

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Glacier National park lake Mcdonald

Beautiful coloured rocks are hiding at the bottom of the lake in Glacier National Park.


Initially, rocks were formed for millions of years and, depending on conditions, acquired those very amazing colours. Subsequently, these rocks were ground into small coloured pebbles by giant ice blocks during the Ice Age. Streams of meltwater brought coloured stones into the valley, which was filled with glacial runoffs.


Another feature of the lake is its indescribable purity, which puts it on a par with such clean bodies of water as, for example, The Verzasca River in Switzerland. The purity of the water in lake McDonald is due to its temperature, which never rises above +10 degrees Celsius. Such conditions do not allow plankton to reproduce and survive here, hence the water's transparency. The bottom lake can be seen at a depth of 8-10 meters and sometimes deeper.


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There are many fish species in lake McDonald, especially trout and salmon. This lake is surrounded by dense coniferous forests, dominated by fir, spruce and larch. There are also many animals in the area. Moose, deer and bears are found here. For tourists around the lake there are 15 hiking trails of varying length and difficulty. Infrastructure for tourists can be found on the lake shore. These are hotels, cafes and canteens, as well as boat rentals.

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The most distinctive and prominent feature of McDonald's lake is the presence of colored rocks and pebbles of different colors. Here, you can see pebbles ranging from crimson, brown, green to blue, yellow, purple ... This makes the scenery of this lake always fanciful, as shown in pictures.

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Thanks to being surrounded by mountains, it makes the different types of lakes in Montana. Not to mention, due to the relatively clear lake water, high humidity and low temperature all year round, the plankton cannot multiply. Therefore, when visiting the lake, visitors can clearly see every detail at the bottom of the lake McDonald with a depth of more than 10m.

Source — Wikipedia | Nps.gov | AP

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