Nor the way it appeared and its colours are not random but actually a beautiful disaster to the massive exploitation of the humans, who took part in the 20th century.
The Emerald Lake represents the miracle number 2 from this series of The world of Mars from Racoș, Romania, and it comes as a continuation to my previous post about Racoș Volcano and the massive exploitation which took part until the whole place became a protected area and part of the Perşani Mountains Geopark.
The lake, originally called Lacul Brazi (The Fir Lake) earned its name of The Emerald Lake due of its colour which turns into a mix of deep green and bright blue when it's sunny outside and the weather is in its favour.
Unfortunately, when I got to visit this place was on a rainy and stormy period so the way you see the lake in my pictures is not as it usually is, but I will leave down below two pictures where you can see it in all its glory.
The Emerald Lake appeared as a consequence to that massive exploitation we mentioned earlier, which was formed in a huge pit where people used to extract columns of basalt to build their houses or collaborate on the rehabilitation of different citadels and castles, nearby.
Due to the intense digging for the rocks, it was reached groundwater which made the lake come out and create the magic.
The depth of the lake is around 10m (some locators are talking about 60m) and the width is 400m.
The level of the water is constant regardless of the season, and it is mostly maintained by the groundwater, the rainwater having an insignificant contribution.
The Emerald Lake is located on an altitude of 50m below the ground level and it represents the last of the 3 miracles which were formed in the protected area from Racoș. The length of the walls which are surrounding the hidden beauty of the lake is around 300m and the shapes of the basalt formations you can find on there are various giving an aspect of a vertical pavement.
Both the bright colour of the lake and its purity are offered by the hardness of the basalt columns which are protecting the hidden treasure by the visitor's eyes. Tourists can also go down to the lake and admire it closely but the most recommended place to check it out is from the hill above it, as I did. For the braver ones, it's also allowed to take a bath right into the fascinating water with the colour of a polished emerald but... on your own risk. So if you are not a good swimmer, you better admire it from the shore.
Both Racoș Volcano and The Emerald Lake we discovered so far, but together with The Basalt Columns we are going to explore on the following post, are creating a magical landscape that makes you believe you can step into another world. That's why it is not unexpected that the whole area is considered a place with high positive energy which radically changes your mood and it helps improve your health condition.
Reaching the Racoș village is possible by train but also by driving a car. If you are coming from Bucharest you need to get on DN1 until you reach Braşov. From here follow DN13 on the way to Sighişoara and the last 10 km are being made on DJ 131C until you reach the tiny village.
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