Hiking to the Meromictic Lake in Penang State Park

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22 Responses

  1. Yvette says:

    I’ve never heard of a meromictic lake before! This hike looks awesome, I’ve always wanted to go to Penang…one day soon I hope. Thanks for all the tips

    • Teja says:

      Yeah, you wouldn’t be able to tell by looking that it’s a special lake. This is the sort of thing I enjoy in my travelling – the secret things that have to be understood, and not apparent otherwise. :)

  2. Aarti Kamath says:

    Wow.. something different to read today!.. I think you made everyone google about “Meromictic lake” today. Quite an informative post for me.

  3. yasmin says:

    I had never heard of a Meromictic lake before, so thanks for the introduction :) I’d love to visit one day and take the jungle hike myself :) thanks for the read!

  4. Ana says:

    That beach at the end of the hike is the best reward anybody could ask!

  5. Ketki says:

    I long studies about Meromictic lake when i was studying Geology and i was fascinated by it. You are lucky to have visited this place. Sounds amazing but the water in the lake looks stagnant and bad. Was it giving a stink?

    • Teja says:

      Hi Ketki! Meromictic lakes have to be somewhat stagnant for the layering to form, though, right?

      No, it didn’t smell. It’s just quite shallow at the time because of the dry season. However, you’re right – it is very common for our lakes to have a green tinge since there is a lot of organic content carried by the stream, and with that much sunlight algal growth is a given. But this one wasn’t quite eutrophic (yet).

  6. Lisa N says:

    This is the first time Iv’e heard about a meromictic lake, I suppose you learn something new every day! Sounds like the hike through the jungle is quite an adventure!

  7. Lien | GetLostAbroad says:

    I am just back from another meromictic lake: Lake Challa in Kenya ;-) I love hiking in national parks! It looks like you had the time of your life :)

  8. Maria Angelova says:

    Wow, I never thought such phenomena existed! I’m a big fan of everything odd and quirky so it’s on my list now!

    • Teja says:

      So am I… I mean, I like great views and absorbing culture as much as the next person. But tease me with some kind of strange and quirky phenomena and I’m stolen away!

  9. Iza Abao says:

    I searched more photos of the meromictic lake. They are cool and amazing. I had no idea about this before. The first part of the trail is nice but the other photo is not. Well, it looks more challenging but it would have been better if there is a proper trail.

  10. I didn’t know there WAS such a thing as a Meromictic Lake!! The hike sounds quite challenging – mud and humidity are never my favourite things – but it sounds like the rewards of seeing something unusual make up for it!

  11. neha says:

    Nature definitely has some amazing phenomenas. The meromictic lake like that only. Two layers of water that never mix! I had never heard of something like this. Very interesting.

    • Teja says:

      :) I’m interested in things like that. The meaning behind the things we visit – whether nature or something else.

  12. Sandy N Vyjay says:

    Reading about the Meromictic lake was fascinating. I always am awed by the limitless phenomenon of nature and how less we actually know anout them. Recently on a trip to Africa, I was at a lake which is know as an exploding lake. This is because of the volcanic activity around which effects the waters.

  13. Wow this is cool, never knew about meromictic lakes. Also the hike looks great, and the beach at the end is just lovely!

  14. Penny says:

    The invisible river does sound more romantic. It conjures a more mystical image in my mind. Something that would get incorporated in a fairy tale or a fantasy book. And people ask what’s in a name?