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.
Le Bone de Leproserie on the map
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|Location, GPS coordinates:||21.5622 S 168.0160 E (most likely location)|
|Categories:||Sinkholes, Lakes and streams|
|Where is located?||Australia and Oceania, Melanesia, New Caledonia, Loyalty Islands, southern part of Maré Island|
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