Alpine lakes are usually clearer than lakes at lower elevations due to the colder water which decreases the speed and amount of algae and moss growth in the water. Often these lakes are surrounded by varieties of pine trees, aspens, and other high altitude trees.
Famous alpine lakes
- Lake Sevan, Armenia
- Crater Lake, USA
- Heaven Lake, North Korea/China
- Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan
- Lake Tahoe, USA
- Lake Titicaca, Peru/Bolivia (Largest natural alpine lake in the world)
- Yellowstone Lake, USA
- Lake Saiful Muluk, Pakistan
- Tenaya Lake, USA
- Lake Baikal, Russia
- Changu Lake, India 14,000 feet ASL
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