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What is the Boiling Lake?

Boiling Lake is a remarkable natural curiosity on Dominica, largest of the British West Indian islands in the group known as the Leeward Islands. The famous Boiling Lake is on a mountainside some 2,300 above sea level. It has sheer banks and the water is 300 feet deep near the margin. Its depth at the center has not yet been determined. The seething waters of the lake are sometimes forced two or three feet above the normal level by the pressure of escaping gases, and the fumes arising from the lake are somewhat poisonous. Dominica was so named by Columbus in 1493 because he discovered it on the Lord' Day (Dies Dominica).