Sunday, August 19, 2012

a pink lake


Can you believe this is an actual lake? This pretty strawberry-milkshake-looking pink lake is Lake Retba in Senegal. Isn't it amazing?

The lake's extremely high salt content (1.5 times higher than the Dead Sea!) promotes the growth of a red microorganism that colors the water into this beautiful pink.


Salt collectors work long hours to harvest the salt. Before going into the water though, they have to coat their skin with shea butter for protection.


Here, microbiologist Bernard Oliver holds up a sample of the pink water.


Looks like pink grapefruit juice, right?


Isn't it so dramatic how the pink water meets the white shore? Such a majestic sight!

First discovered via blackeiffel. Photos from here, here and here.

Click here for a previous post on other pink things.

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