Top spectacular natural landmarks of the world (P.470) Matheson: The mirror lake of New Zealand's South Island

26-03-2024

(wcsa.world) Lake Matheson is a famous mirror lake located on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island, near the township of Fox Glacier. It's renowned for its reflective properties, which offer stunning views of New Zealand's highest peaks, Mount Cook and Mount Tasman, when the weather is calm.

The centerpiece of the landscape, Lake Matheson itself is a tranquil body of water with mirror-like properties, reflecting the surrounding mountains, sky, and forest. The lake's surface is often calm, especially in the early mornings and late evenings, providing perfect conditions for capturing stunning reflections.

 

The lake's mirror-like surface is created by the dark brown waters, which are stained by organic matter leached from the surrounding native forest. The still waters create perfect reflections of the mountains and surrounding landscape, making it a popular spot for photographers and tourists.

 

Dominating the horizon are the towering peaks of Mount Cook (Aoraki) and Mount Tasman, which are the highest mountains in New Zealand. Their snow-capped summits often form a breathtaking backdrop to the lake's reflective surface. These mountains are part of the Southern Alps, a prominent mountain range that runs the length of the South Island.

 

Surrounding Lake Matheson is dense native rainforest, predominantly composed of rimu, kahikatea, and rātā trees, among others. This lush forest ecosystem contributes to the unique dark brown color of the lake's water, as tannins leached from the decaying vegetation stain the water.

 

 

Visitors can access Lake Matheson by driving along the road from the nearby town of Fox Glacier, where there are parking facilities and a café. The lake is part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area, recognized for its outstanding natural beauty and biodiversity.

 

According to the Internet

 

Brian (collect) - (World Creativity Science Academy)

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