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sister_luck ([personal profile] sister_luck) wrote2017-04-18 11:47 am


You may know the common German word for lake, which is der See. Yes, it looks a lot like sea, but that's more commonly known as das Meer unless you're being poetic and then you can call it die See. German is NOT straightforward - a claim I've heard recently and which I find a little naive.

To make it all the more complicated there is also das Maar, which is a special kind of lake (and even that is not always true).

The word derives from the dialect of the Eifel region for the lakes of the region and in its most scientific definition it pertains to a broad, low-relief volcanic crater caused by a phreatomagmatic eruption (an explosion which occurs when groundwater comes into contact with hot lava or magma). Thanks, wikipedia! Often, these craters fill with water and then you get a Maar lake, but they also dry out (on their own or through human intervention) and then they become known as dry maars or Trockenmaare.

Among the most famous Maare are three lakes situated in close proximity in the Eifel near Daun. Here is one of them, the Schalkenmehrener Maar named for the village of Schalkenmehren which you can see in the background.

You might wonder about the patch of dried-out vegetation close to the nearly circular lake - this is an example of a dry maar, because the Maar in Schalkenmehren is actually a Doppelmaar with one half dried-out.

On our holiday in the Eifel we went on a hike and saw all the Dauner Maare which I enjoyed a lot.

Lots of beautiful views of the lake and surrounding hills, all taken on the first part of our walk:

Lots of green with some of the trees in bloom and some still waiting for their leaves.

We walked along the slopes of the mar basin which has some trees in places.

The weather was beautiful:

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[personal profile] gillo 2017-04-18 01:00 pm (UTC)(link)
We have "mere", "water", "loch/llyn"(Scots Gaelic/Welsh) as well as "lake".
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[personal profile] gillo 2017-04-18 08:38 pm (UTC)(link)
Officially that's a tautology - locals just call it "Windermere". Then you also get Lindaw Lake - in which the "lin" element actually means "lake" - so it's black lake lake.

Aren't Swiss lakes "zee"?