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Maar is a German word meaning "crater lake", whose origin is derived from the Latin word mare (sea). Maars are formed because of volcanic eruptions that create a topographical depression. The gas pressure of the superheated groundwater created by the volcanic intrusion probably causes the explosion.
Acıg鰈 maar is located in the Karapınar volcanic field, one of the most interesting areas in southwestern Turkey. The Karapınar volcanic field consists of five slag cones, two lava fields, and several eruption craters and maars. Of these, Acıg鰈 maar is approximately 1.5 km in diameter. A 50-100 m high wall composed of hyaloclastites and limnic marly deposits surrounds the rim of the Maar crater. The measurable depth of the lake is 300 meters. The water of Lake Maar has a high content of magnesium sulfate, hence its name meaning "bitter lake". Due to the chemical composition of the lake water, there are no living things in it.

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