Le Bone de Léproserie
|Coordinates:||21.5622 S 168.0160 E (most likely location)|
|No:||255 (list of all attractions)|
|Category:||Sinkholes, Lakes, bays and streams|
|Address:||Australia and Oceania, New Caledonia, Loyalty Islands, southern part of Maré Island|
One of most interesting sinkholes in Maré Island is Le Bone de Léproserie. This island is rich with impressive sinkholes (see the description of another one: Trou de Bone) – from satellite images are seen some 50 large sinkholes but in reality their number is much larger.
Le Bone de Léproserie got its name from a leper colony which was located here nearby - now little remains of it. The entrance of this magnificent sinkhole is only 25 m wide. It starts as a 50 m deep well, which becomes wider with the depth. The well continues with a 40 m deep freshwater lake, which is 160 m (!) wide at its bottom.
Lake contains 350,000 m³ of water and often erroneously is considered to be the largest underground lake in the world. Many lakes in sinkholes and caves are larger, f.e. El Zacatón (Mexico) contains 9,500,000 m³ of water.
See Le Bone de Léproserie on the map of New Caledonia!