"Meet the La Brea Tar Lake" La Brea by Martin_S.

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This is the sight that greets you as you walk down from the reception center where you get you tickets and guide. You need a guide here so you won't go in and not come out, like the saber tooth tigers and others.
If you take a close look at the picture you can see a dark swath just below the horizon, that is the deeper part of the lake where nothing grows. The point where we are standing supports all sorts of green vegetation and flowers.

This is a closeup of how the tar looks. The moisture that collects in these indentations takes on the color of whatever minerals and oils that the tar has suspended in it there. Some are clear, or murky, almost grey, while some are rainbows of color.

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  • Pros:An amazing natural wonder.
  • Cons:Make sure you don't get stuck
  • Last visit to La Brea: Apr 2002
  • Intro Updated Mar 21, 2003
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  • DSwede's Profile Photo
    Oct 23, 2008 at 6:56 PM

    Nice pictures. I took my mom here when she came to visit a couple weeks ago. She walked over the pitch same as Zohara did.

  • s_berg's Profile Photo
    Aug 8, 2004 at 7:20 PM

    just went today! the guide ended up carrying me across on his back because we got stuck in the middle of the lake without another out! Great experience if you don't mind burnt feet or wet clothes!

  • Aug 20, 2003 at 9:51 PM

    What a very rare display of Mother Nature! I do believe this is an original.

  • vigi's Profile Photo
    Apr 9, 2003 at 6:24 AM

    Hey, great photos Martin. Love the "Walk On Liquid Tar Trick", very interesting.

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