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Senegal’s salt lakes look like Pepto-Bismol

The pink color comes from microorganisms called Dunaliella salina, which thrive in the extremely salty lake. The red pigment is D. salina‘s version of chlorophyll, allowing the organisms to collect energy from the sun. All of this is natural, if visually insane. Sometimes nature is easily as crazy-looking as human-made pollution.

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Pink lakes: Hille (Austrália), lago Retba (Senegal), Salina de Torrevieja (Espanha), Hutt Lagoon (Austrália), Dusty Rose (Canadá), Pink Lake (Austrália), Quairading Pink Lake (Austrália)

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Dolphins in Lake Retba or Lac Rose. The lake lies north of the Cap Vert peninsula of Senegal, north east of Dakar. Depending on the time of day, the lake changes colour from a light purple to a deep scarlet pink. The unusual colouring of the water is caused by harmless halophilic bacteria that thrive in the lake’s high-salinity environment. The color is particularly visible during the dry season.

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Lake Hillier, Middle Island, Western Australia. The only naturally pink lake in the world.
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Unusual Pink Colored Lake Hillier in Australia

Lake Hillier, Middle Island, Western Australia. The only naturally pink lake in the world.

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Natural Wonders: Photos of Surprisingly Colorful Lakes, Mountains, and More

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥Lake Retba, Senegal. It's named for its pink waters, caused by Dunaliella salina algae in the water that produce a red pigment that uses sunlight to create more energy, turning the waters pink. The colour is particularly visible during the dry season. The lake is also known for its high salt content, which, like that of the Dead Sea, allows people to float easily.

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Community Post: Lake Retba, Senegal's Pink Lake

Senegal. Lake Retba or as the French refer to it Lac Rose, is pinker than any milkshake you’ve ever come face to straw with. Experts say the lake gives off its pink hue due to cyanobacteria, a harmless halophilic bacteria found in the water. Lake Retba also has a high salt content, much like that of the Dead Sea, allowing people to float effortlessly in the massive pink water.

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Lake Retba In Senegal Looks Like A Giant Strawberry Milkshake. That's because the blood red colour is caused by high levels of salt - with some areas containing up to 40 per cent of it.

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"The Pink Lake" aka Lake Retba, Senegal. That is just insanely gorgeous and amazing

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