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Not quite as spectacular as the one in Oregon, this is the crater lake at Mt Nemrut near the much larger lake Van. The access road was still closed because of snow in mid May. The walk to the peak at the centre left was a bit scary because of the clouds & fog, one minute you can't see your shoes, the next you find yourself a few metres from a 700m drop. The blue in the lake is not enhanced, crater lakes tend to have an unnatural blue colour. The following is info on the location from this website which also has a map and aerial photo of the crater:

http://www.skimountaineer.com/ROF/ROF.php?name=Nemrut

Nemrut Dagi is a great caldera at the western end of Lake Van, the collapsed remnant of a once much-taller stratovolcano. (It should not be confused with the "other" Nemrut Dagi, an archaeological site in southern Turkey which is now famous for its large carved stone heads.) An ancient eruption and lava flow from this Nemrut Dagi formed Lake Van by damming a river, and thousands of years of evaporation from the lake (which has no outlet, but numerous inlet rivers and streams) has concentrated the minerals in the entering water, making the lake extremely alkaline and saline. The present caldera of Nemrut is 5 miles (8 km) in diameter, with a lake occupying the western third and numerous lava flows and domes (plus a couple more tiny lakes) covering the rest. The high point on the north rim of the caldera is about 2300 ft (700 m) above the surface of the main crater lake, Lake Nemrut. A dirt road leading from the highway beside Lake Van up the northeast side of the volcano provides the best access to the summit and to the interior of the caldera itself.

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  • Copyright: Tan Yilmaz (capthaddock) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3689 W: 138 N: 6179] (28790)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2002-05-00
  • Categories: Nature
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2005-03-27 12:05
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