Pitch Lake is a tourist attraction that attracts about 20,000 visitors annually. It is also mined for asphalt by Lake Asphalt of Trinidad and Tobago. The Pitch Lake has fascinated explorers and scientists, as well as attracting tourists, since its re-discovery by Sir Walter Raleigh. It melteth not with the sun as the pitch of Norway”. Exported asphalt from the Pitch Lake was also used to pave the streets of some regions of New York City. Since its re-discovery, there have been numerous research investigations into the use and chemical composition of this material. There have been countless theories, postulations, and conclusions as to the size, source, and origin of the asphalt.
Lake Asphalt operations at Pitch Lake
La Brea pitch lake, Trinidad and Tobago