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Disappearing Tarn: Tasmanian lake's return delights visitor

May 16, 2018 4:13 pm

A lake known as the Disappearing Tarn has delighted hikers and photographers on a mountain in Australia after filling with a rare volume of water.

The normally dry lake on Mt Wellington in Tasmania is not easily seen. It was once described by a local newspaper as part of state “bushwalking folklore”.

Heavy rain on Friday prompted it to swell with clear, blue-green water.

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The site typically fills with water about once or twice a year following rain or snow, locals say.

“The pictures I’ve seen in the last two days show it at the fullest I’ve ever seen it,” Wellington Park ranger Ben Masterman told the BBC.

“It’s not a filter – it’s actually that colour – that remarkable blue that becomes more intense and sapphire and more mesmerising the deeper the water gets.”

He said that the lake forms in a “boulder field” about halfway up the 1,271m (4,200ft) mountain.

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