Loktak Lake and The Moving Island
Posted on September 10, 2015 | Posted in Around The World | Leave a response
This super wide lake is almost filled with small islands shaped like a ring. Uniquely, these islands can move on its own.
The Unique lake
Loktak lake its name. This lake is located in the province of Manipur, India. Loktak lake is one of the largest lake in the world. Small islands on its surface called Phumdi by the Indian society. Phumdi is forming a circle like a ring in green.
Phumdi is unique tiny islands. They can move themselves into different directions. Its size can change according to the seasons. When the dry season and the water of the lake is receding, the roots of the plants in Phumdi stuck to the bottom of the lake to absorb nutrients. During the rainy season and the water overflowed, the roots were cut off so that Phumdi back afloat and moving easily carried by the wind.
Can Be Inhabited
Although it can move itself and its size is uncertain, Phumdi can be inhabited by humans. One of the Phumdi named Khangpoks is large enough and inhabited by 4,000 people. The people there set up small lodges above Phumdi for residences.
Floating National Park
Phumdi in Loktak lake being the only floating National Park in the world. Loktak lake has 233 species of aquatic plants, over one hundred species of birds, and 425 species of animals, including endangered animals like the Indian python, sambhar, and deer.
society refers to people living in social order
tiny means very small
receding is a slow or gradual disappearance
stuck describes something that’s frozen or fixed in one place and can’t be moved
to absorb is to take in or suck up like a sponge
a nutrient is anything that nourishes a living being
overflowed is the occurrence of surplus liquid (as water) exceeding the limit or capacity
afloat is borne on the water; floating
inhabited means lived in by the owner
lodge is a small (rustic) house used as a temporary shelter
residence is the act of dwelling in or living permanently in a place
endangered (of flora or fauna) means in imminent danger of extinction