Looks like a big pink strawberry shake that somebody just made it as a morning brunch. But in fact these pink lakes are a natural phenomenon that attract visitors world wide.

One of them is Lake Hillier, placed on middle Island on the Recherche Archipelago in Western Australia. As you imagine the most notable feature is the color of course. I mean pink lake, come on! To be more interesting, the color is permanent, and does not alter when it’s taken in a container.

The lake is around 600 meters wide and it’s surrounded by a rim of sand and a dense woodland of paperbark and eucalyptus trees.

The color comes due to the presence of algae that produces carotenoids, such as Dunalieliella Salina, a type of halophile green micro-algae found in sea salt fields.

Once the lake reaches a salinity level which is greater than that in the sea water, the temperature of the lake is high enough and brings the alga to begin to accumulate that exquisite red pigment beta carotene.

pink_hiller_lake_display Lake Hillier in Australia

pink water lake

The Australian Hillier lake is not in fact the only pink lake in the world. There are 8 lakes in total, including: Lake Retba (Senegal), Hutt Lagoon, Pink Lake and Quairading Pink Lake (Australia), Salina de Torrevieja (Spain), Dusty rose Lake (Canada), Masazir lake (Azerbaijan). Amazing art of nature!

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