The Vulcan Point Is In A Lake On An Island Which Is In A Lake On An Island

by Akriti Seth
The Vulcan Point Is In A Lake On An Island Which Is In A Lake On An Island

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Did you know? Lake Taal, Philippines is one of only two lakes in the world with a third order island within it? Confused? Read on

What Is It?

So, Lake Taal, which is located within the island of Luzon in the northern end of the Philippines archipelago, has a Volcano island that has a Crater lake that has its own small island called Vulcan Point. So, Vulcan Point is a third order island.

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A photograph taken from the International Space Station shows Taal Lake with Volcano Island containing Crater Lake. The island Vulcan Point is barely visible. Photo credit: NASA Johnson/Flickr

Responsible for the lake’s sulfuric content, Volcano Island also is the location of Taal Volcano’s historical eruptions. The crater at the top of the Volcano Island is filled with water giving rise to Crater Lake and Vulcan Point is a small bump on Crater Lake.

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The tiny rock in the center of the image is Vulcan Point. Photo credit: Stefan Krasowski/Flickr

What Else?

As unusual as this may sound, Vulcan Point isn’t the only island within a lake in an island within a lake in an island.

There is another four-acre unnamed island in Canada that sits within a small lake, which is also unnamed and this lake is also surrounded by a slightly larger island. The island is within a series of long lakes located about 90 kms inland from the south coast of Victoria Island.

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Also if you wish to see it on Google Maps, the coordinates are 69.793° N, 108.241° W. Or click here and zoom through the sequence of lakes and islands.

Satellite image of Nunavut Territory, Canada, showing the position of the largest third-order island.

How Did It Get Discovered?

This island was discovered in 2012 after countless hours of pouring over Google Earth’s imagery by Ken Jennings. He holds the record for the longest winning streak in the history of the game show Jeopardy! He won 74 games in a row and also made $2.5 million from it.

Ken Jennings

Something More!

Also there are many more yet-to-discovered third-order islands within Canada. The country is littered with some 3 million lakes, many of which has islands within them.

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Also, Canada holds

  • The world’s largest lake on an island (Nettilling Lake on Baffin Island)
  • Largest island on a lake (Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron)
  • The largest lake on an island in a lake (Lake Manitou on Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron)
  • And also the largest island in a lake on an island in a lake (Treasure Island in Mindemoya Lake on Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron)
Treasure Island in Mindemoya Lake on Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron

I am hooked to the Google maps for a while now! Are you guys too, looking for an unnamed island to be named after you? Haha!

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