Lost Lake in Hood River County, Oregon seems like a normal enough body of water in an area known for its picturesque natural beauty. That is, until winter falls and a mysterious pit drains the lake, leaving a barren landscape.
The hole has been there for as long as anyone can remember, and geologists believe a lava tube beneath the lake formed when flowing lava hardened near the surface and flowed downwards.
As the eruption cooled, the hardened pipes emptied, leaving behind tubes in the form of vast tunnels. These naturally occurring phenomena, while appearing quite striking, are not particularly uncommon in the area as there are similar holes in nearby Fish Lake, a mere 20 miles from Lost Lake.
The real mystery is what actually happens to the water that drains from the lake. A leading theory is that the water seeps through the porous rock underground and refills the aquifer (an underground layer of water-permeable rock or material like gravel or sand from which groundwater can be extracted by use of a water well or natural spring that feeds the many nearby springs). However, this theory has never been conclusively proven.
Check out the crazy video of this amazing natural phenomenon below!
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