(ORDO NEWS) — Divers tried to find the end of the lake, but their attempts were unsuccessful.
Deep underground in Tennessee (USA) is the “Lost Sea”: the largest underground lake and probably the second largest in the world. Found in the Craighead Caverns, this colossal amount of underground water is so vast that no one knows how much.
The lake is located among the Great Smoky Mountains (Tennessee, USA).
In addition to the huge amount of water, the cave is known for the presence of a large number of crystals, stalagmites and stalactites that adorn its limestone walls.
Long before humans were here, there is evidence that the cave was once inhabited by fearsome giant Pleistocene jaguars.
Centuries later, the cave was used as a refuge by the Cherokee Indians, as evidenced by the discovery of numerous artifacts, including pottery, arrowheads, weapons, and jewelry.
In later centuries, early European colonists stored potatoes here. And later, Confederate soldiers arrived in the cave in order to extract saltpeter for the manufacture of gunpowder.
Rumor has it that moonshiners hid their illegal stocks of moonshine in a cave during Prohibition.
Lost Lake was discovered in 1905 by a child who was playing in a cave and stumbled upon the water.
“The lake was discovered by Ben Sands,” tour guide Savannah Dalton told CBS News in 2019.
“A 13-year-old boy crawled 40 feet through a narrow tunnel and fell into a lake.
In fact, he entered the water up to his knees. The lake was much smaller.”
As for the size of this mysterious reservoir, no one knows about it. The visible part of the lake is 243 meters long and 67 meters wide.
Beneath the surface, it leads to other huge halls filled with water, many of which have yet to be explored.
More than 13 acres of water have been mapped so far, although researchers still haven’t found the end of the lake.
One diver, armed with sonar, swam through the dark caves of the lake and was forced to turn around as he couldn’t reach the edges. There was only water all around.
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