Follow me underground, momentarily.
Sick of above-ground lakes? Me too. Yawn. Boring. Let’s crawl under the surface of the earth and get away from (gestures to literally everything, everywhere) all of this, and observe some of the most incredible hidden lakes in the world, located within the twisted caverns of some of the earth’s longest and deepest cave systems–many of them accessible to tourists. These unusual, magical-looking caverns will have you planning a trip underground in no time. So, get your explorer pants on–here are 10 of the world’s most fascinating underground lakes.
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Dragon’s Breath Cave
Dragon’s Breath Cave, located in the Otjozondjupa Region of Namibia, is home to the largest non-subglacial underground lake in the whole world. The actual depth of the lake is not known (although it’s thought to be at least 430 feet deep), as the cave is around 330 feet below the surface of the earth. The lake was discovered in 1986 when a group of explorers felt a humid breeze coming out of a hole in the cave, which is where “Dragon’s Breath” came from.