Lake Toba

November 1st, 2016 | by TheJourneyMagz
Lake Toba
Sumatra
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I ndonesia is a giant archipelago nation that has over 17.500 islands. On one of its largest islands, Sumatra, is world’s largest volcanic lake. Lake Toba is a massive 100 km long and 30 km wide. The lake is surrounded by the towering ridges that form the crater. The setting is quite the sight, especially in the morning when the sun hits the mist above the water, creating a great moment to take photos.

Sumatra - Toba (2)

Underneath the lake remains a sleeping super volcano, which last erupted 70.000 years ago. Scientific experts believe the volcano changed live on earth. The eruption is considered the heaviest in the past 25 million years. The eruption covered entire south east Asia in ash, reaching as far as India, and with ash deposits as thick as 600 m near the crater. The eruption lasted over two weeks causing a decrease in global temperature by 3.5 °C. The eruption was so devastating that scientist believe that it caused extinction of many animal species and the deaths of nearly all humans at the time.

The lake is host to Samosir island, a giant peninsula, the size of Singapore. Most people use the Tuk Tuk village as base to visit the nearby attractions and is considered the most touristic village of the island. The village has several shops, guest houses, hotels and restaurants.


 

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