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Images of Emerald Lake, Yukon

Images of Emerald Lake, Yukon
Explore the South Klondike Highway

Artful Chemistry

The beautiful blue-green colour of Emerald Lake is created by sunlight refelecting off a white layer of "marl" on the lake bed.
Marl is a white calcium carbonate clay that forms in the water and then settles, often unevenly, onto the lake bottom. It forms when enough carbonate from dissolving limestone racts with calcium in the water.

This photograph is © 2007-2012 by Murray Lundberg, and is not to be copied without express permission.
One of the interpetive signs at Emerald Lake