Are you going to Medan? Or maybe you have been to Medan and visited Lake Toba? How about it? Isn’t it beautiful?
Lake Toba is a volcanic lake located in the province of North Sumatra. The lake covers 1,145 square kilometers and has a water depth of 450 meters, making it one of the largest lakes in the world.
Behind the astonishing beauty of Lake Toba, there are a lot of facts you need to know. Like the seven facts about the beauty of Lake Toba that will show you here.
For those who have never been to Medan, this tourist attraction, you still may want to know the lakes with so many beautiful landscapes, right? Before you go on vacation to Lake Toba, let us know the following seven facts about the beauty of Lake Toba.
1. The most beautiful Volcanic Lake in the World
Lake Toba is a lake formed by a volcanic eruption, Mount Toba, which occurred about at least 700,000 years ago. From the beginning of the eruption, Mount Toba spewed eruptive material, turning the surrounding volcanic crater into a lake.
With these natural phenomena, Lake Toba is the largest lake in the world and the most beautiful lake in the world. Not to mention, this tourist attraction also stores other natural beauties.
2. Volcano Toba has erupted three times.
Lake Toba was formed from 3 super volcanoes. Did you know that Toba Mountain erupted three times? The first eruption occurred 800,000 years ago, the second eruption occurred 500,000 years ago, and the last eruption occurred 74,000 years ago. The third eruption of Mount Toba formed Lake Toba, with Samosir Island in the middle of the lake.
3. Located on the three main plates
Indonesia is one of the countries located on the three main plates of Eurasia, Indo-Australia, and the Pacific. This also puts Toba in a vulnerable position because the location of Sumatra is on the Eurasian plate.
These three major sectors will continue to change every year, and the Eurasian sector has almost always been the subject of change. Therefore, the Indonesian islands located in the Eurasian plate are prone to disasters. Like Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan and Sulawesi.
4. Eruptions that cause climate change
The eruption of Mount Toba is the most powerful in history. In fact, due to the eruption of Mount Toba, almost 60% of the world’s population went extinct at that time.
Not only that, due to the eruption of Mount Toba, parts of the world have experienced extreme climate change. For example, six years of total darkness and temperature drops have occurred over thousands of years.
Studies have shown that the eruption of the Toba volcano has also caused a prolonged winter in East Africa. Perhaps, from this period in history, the name of Lake Toba became world-famous for tourist attraction.
5. There are Batak fish, fish that only exist in Lake Toba
Not only that, but the beauty of Lake Toba also includes the Batak fish (Neolissochilus Thienemanni) that only lives in Lake Toba. This Batak fish is a special fish, and its population is now threatened by extinction. This is because Batak fish has a high economic and social value.
6. Favorite Reading Destination
With the natural beauty of Lake Toba, it’s no wonder this lake is a favorite destination for vacationers. Also, in this lake, you can find many unique things. Just as there are five volcanic islands in Lake Toba, you can see beautiful scenery when traveling at Lake Toba. Lake Toba is as famous as Bali in tourism around the world. But the eruption that occurred about 800,000 years ago made Lake Toba more famous than Bali because the history of this lake is very interesting for some tourists, especially when volcanic eruptions are causing climate change in almost the entire world.
7. Surrounded by 12 waterfalls
Lake Toba has astonishing natural beauty. Besides the lake and Samosir island in the middle of the lake, there are 12 beautiful waterfalls around Lake Toba.
It is no wonder that this tourist attraction is always favored by tourists who come to the land of Medan and take Lake Toba as their tourist destination. The 12 waterfalls surrounding Lake Toba are also tourist attractions.
Which are Efrata Falls, Sigaretten Falls, Situmurun Falls, Binanga Bolon Falls, Siboruon Falls, Janji Falls, Sampuran Falls, Hadabuan Naisogop Falls, Sigura Gura Falls, Teduhan Falls, Sipiso Piso Falls and Simanimbo Falls.
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