Story: Limestone country

Lake Disappear

Lake Disappear

This ephemeral lake, north-east of Aotea Harbour on Waikato’s western coast, is a polje – a large enclosed basin. It is drained by an underground stream. During heavy rain, the stream cannot drain fast enough, so the hollow fills with water (bottom). True to its name, if there has been little rain the lake drains away and disappears (top).

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Paul Williams, 'Limestone country - Other karst features', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/12409/lake-disappear (accessed 30 June 2022)

Story by Paul Williams, published 24 Sep 2007