Saturday, December 8, 2012

Green Lake~ Austria [Scuba Diving in a Newly-Flooded Meadow]

Uploaded on Sep 21, 2009

Beautiful Film of Scuba Diving in a Newly-Flooded Meadow. Hiking trails, picnic tables, benches and signs all under water in this very relaxing video filmed in Austria. See more at

The "Grüner See" (engl. Green Lake) is situated in upper styria, Austria (see geotag). It is amazingly beautiful because of its deep green/blue color and the surrounding alpine scenery. The lake itself dries up in autumn but fills up with melting water. The water itself of the lake is extremely pure, like glass. The color is a result of light refraction.

"The night before there seemed to be heavy rain and too much of the pollen were flushed in the water and were floating. So the visibility could be much better, I´ve missed the crystal clear water. You have to know that Green Lake is famous for its clear water. 

The good thing for this day was the water level with 9,40m. Spring flowers, plants, benches, hiking trails were below the surface. And I have found out when its the best time during the two to three months "flood" to get in the water - I was to early in this season. Although the water temperature was between 5 and 6 degrees Celsius I did two dives (85 and 96 minutes long)

My face was well frozen, I can hardly speak afterwards. I hoped this procedure kept my face young and skintight. After watching the footage it seemed to be different."

The beautiful music is by "Tabolomegalo"

 Uploaded on Feb 9, 2011

Grüner See (Green Lake) is a lake in Styria, Austria near the town of Tragöß. The lake is surrounded by the Hochschwab mountains and forests.[1] The name "Green Lake" originated because of its emerald green water.[1] The clean and clear water comes from the snow-melt from the karst mountains and has a temperature of 6–7 °C (43–45 °F).[1]

During the winter, the lake is only 1–2 m deep and the surrounding area is used as a county park.[2] However, during the spring, when the temperature rises and the snow melts, the basin of land below the mountains fills with water.[2]

The lake reaches its maximum depth of around 12 m from mid-May to June and is claimed to look the most beautiful at this time.[1] In July, the water begins to recede.[2]

The lake supports a variety of fauna such as snails, water fleas (Daphnia pulex), small crabs, fly larvae, and different species of trout (Salmo).[1]

The flora is not abundant because of the rocky bottom of the lake.[1] Furthermore, the lake’s depth is variable since its inflow comes from snow-melt.[1]

The lake is popular among divers who can observe the green meadows in the edge zone of the lake particularly in June when the water is at its highest.[1][2] A bridge and a bench can also be found underwater.[1]

Grüner See
Grüner See (Green Lake) against Meßnerin in May 2007
Location Tragöß, Styria, Austria
Coordinates 47°32′30″N 15°3′21″E
Basin countries Austria
Max. depth up to 12 m



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That's mighty cold; and a dry suit is required no doubt, but what a lovely peaceful Dive it would be.

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