Spotted Lake  尋找夢奇地:加拿大斑點湖

 

精英翻譯社轉自http://paper.udn.com/udnpaper/POH0062/313714/web/

 

A saltwater lake in Canada fills with colored spots every summer.

每年夏天,加拿大的一座鹽水湖裡都充滿了五顏六色的斑點。

 

  There are over 30,000 lakes in Canada, but only one has spots. The First Nations of the Okanagan region in British Columbia call the lake Kliluk, but in English, it's usually just called Spotted Lake. It is a saltwater lake that is not fed by rivers or streams. The water comes from underground sources and melting snow in the spring. When the dry summer comes, the lake starts to dry up. As the water disappears, the leftover salt appears in ring-shaped ponds of different colors, which are caused by other minerals in the lake. The effect is that around 400 multi-colored spots can be seen on the lake's surface.

  加拿大境內有三萬多座湖泊,但是其中只有一座擁有「斑點」。英屬哥倫比亞省歐肯納根地區的第一民族稱這座湖為「Kliluk」,但是在英文中,它通常被直接稱為「斑點湖」。它是一座不經由河川或溪流匯入的鹽水湖。它的水來自地下水源以及春天的融冰。每當乾燥的夏季來臨時,這座湖就會開始乾涸。隨著湖水消失,剩餘的鹽分就出現在不同顏色的圓形水坑中,而這些顏色是由湖中其他種類的礦物質造成的。此種現象帶來的結果就是人們可見的湖泊表面上大約四百個不同顏色的斑點。

 

  Keep in mind that it's not easy to visit this unique lake because it is privately owned by the First Nations. Even if a visitor gets permission to visit the lake from them, they still have to leave an offering for the lake itself, according to tradition. For anyone not able to visit the lake in person, though, there are nearby places to see the beautiful patterns of salt and minerals. There is even a helicopter tour. So if you're ever in Okanagan in the summer, maybe it's worth stopping by to see Spotted Lake.

  請記住,想要參觀這座與眾不同的湖泊可不容易,因為它是第一民族的私有財產。即使觀光客得到了第一民族的允許進入參觀,根據傳統,他們仍得向湖泊提供祭品。至於未能親自參觀湖泊的訪客,附近也有地方可以觀賞那些由鹽及礦物質所形成的美麗圖案。甚至還有搭乘直升機的觀光方式。所以,如果你夏天時人在歐肯納根地區的話,斑點湖或許值得你順道去看一看。

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