Lake Peigneur And The Diamond Crystal Salt Mine Disaster

By | August 10, 2019

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Naruto whirlpools. Source: (

About a two-and-a-half-hour drive west of New Orleans sits a placid lake that for all its unassuming looks was the scene of one of the most bizarre disasters in history.  

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Lake Peigneur. Source: (Wikimedia Commons)

Lake Peigneur was a shallow, freshwater lake favored by fisherman that averaged about 10 feet depth spread out over 1,300 acres. The lake featured an island with a popular botanical garden. The small town of Delcambre sat south of it by a canal of the same name which flowed into the Gulf of Mexico. It was home to a small flotilla of shrimping and fishing vessels.