Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Pink Water Lake - Senegal, Africa

Pink Lake (Lake Retba) or Lac Rose lies north of the Cap Vert peninsula of Senegal, north east of Dakar.
 It is so named for its pink waters, caused by cyanobacteria in the water. The color 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. The lake also has a small salt collecting industry and is often the finishing point of the Dakar Rally. Its glamour color is due to many minerals and microorganisms in the water. Women in Senegal spend up to 14 hours a day on the banks of this lake to harvest salt. Each liter of water has about 380 grams of salt.

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