Mount Fuji’s Mystery Pond

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    Following the recent typhoons that swept through Japan, something odd has happened near Mount Fuji. Near its five famous lakes, a sixth “mystery lake” has appeared:

    The tiny new “lake” (called Akaike) is adjacent to Lake Shoji (see the red dot on the map above). Its water is unusually clear and beautiful, so it’s been attracting a lot of attention from tourists.

    Experts speculate that it was formed because of an underground link to Lake Shoji. The heavy rainfall from the typhoons, which caused Lake Shoji to rise by four meters, probably also pushed some water up from the ground and made the new pond.

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