No, that’s not an adjective we were familiar with until today but we’re staying at Green Lakes State Park near Syracuse, New York and the two lakes here are very deep and are meromictic meaning that the deep and the surface waters do not experience seasonal mixing. On a hike around the lakeshore we got to observe a couple of effects of the high calcium carbonate levels in the water. Besides the beautiful green blue water color there was the curious reef-like constructions formed by calcium carbonate deposited by bacteria over the ages since the lakes were formed by the last ice age. We loved walking through the woods surrounding the lakes and looking across at happy children cavorting in the waters at the beach!

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