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World’s biggest underground lake lies under Namibia’s desert

Namibia is well-known for its wildlife and deserts; less well-known, however, is that it is house to the biggest underground lake in the world not formed by a glacier.

Image from The Gondwana Collection Dragon’s Breath Cave lies beneath Namibia’s Kalahari Desert, about 46km north of Grootfontein. It was discovered in1986 by the South African Speleological Association, together with an incredible underground lake in the cavern. Although extremely beautiful, accessing the lake is not for the faint of heart; it needs climbing up ropes and includes going throughvarious narrow tunnels.

Image from The Gondwana Collection Dragon’s Breath Cave was called so due to the humid air that increases from its shaft opening and appears like a dragon’s warm breath. The cave is estimated to be over 100m deep.

The most unique water animals can be found in the isolated lake, consisting of the golden catfish. No light permeates the lake’s surface area, however this suits these fish. The golden catfish has little eyes and poor eye-sight, making it easier for it to adjust to the severe darkness.

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