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    Lake Matheson

    March 29, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

    Famous for mirror views of Aoraki/Mount Cook and Mount Tasman, Lake Matheson is nestled in ancient forest just 5 km from Fox Glacier Weheka.

    Lake Matheson was formed when Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe retreated from its last significant advance about 14 000 years ago.

    During the last major ice age, the glacier spread across the coastal plains towards the sea, dumping huge piles of rock. The glacier ground a depression which later filled with water, forming the lake.

    Lake Matheson’s excellent mirror-like reflecting properties are due to the dark brown colour of the water, the result of organic matter leached from the humus of the forest floor.

    "I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery - air, mountains, trees, people. I thought: This is what it is to be happy." Sylvia Plath (The Bell Jar)
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