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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Believe Your Eyes, Le Lac Rose Natural Strawberry Lake of Africa

Believe Your Eyes, Lake Retba Natural Strawberry Lake of Africa

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There is a natural lake the color of strawberries, Lake Retba or Le Lac Rose lies in Senegal Africa just one hour from its capital city Dakar.

Le Lac Rose Natural Strawberry Lake of Africa

Believe Your Eyes, Le Lac Rose Natural Strawberry Lake of Africa


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Le Lac Rose is sprinkled with salt miners, using their hands and baskets to collect salt. To protect their skin from Senegal Le Lac Rose salty water, miners rub their skin with a very thick lotion, Shea butter.

Lake Retba is named for its pink waters caused by an edible, salt-loving micro-algae dunaliella salina. Dunaliella salina is a microalgae occurring naturally in a number of locations worldwide. Dunaliella salina is an ideal organism to study the effects of saline adaptation in algae.



Le Lac Rose is sprinkled with salt miners, using their hands and shovels to collect salt. Le Lac Rose is a natural curiosity thanks to the exceptional color of its waters that daily turn from colors from African violet to ruby red. 


Covering an area of ​​approximately one sq mile, the lake breaks down into four adjacent sections labeled Khaar Yaala, Khosss, Virage and Darajee. 


The color of Le Lac Rose is particularly visible during the dry season from November to June. The one sq mile strawberry lake has been a candidate for UNESCO World Heritage status since 2005. Several countries around the world have pink lakes, including Senegal, Canada, Spain, Australia and Azerbaijan.
Le Lac Rose Natural Strawberry Lake of Africa


It is estimated 1,000 people work around Le Lac Rose collecting 24,000 tons of the salt each year. Over half of the salt is exported throughout Africa. 

With a maximum depth of less than ¼ mile it contains a significant amount of salt that is labored by salt miners and exported throughout the world for cooking, leather goods and deicing roads. 




Did you know?
The coloring of Le Lac Rose waters changes throughout the day from African violet to ruby red.
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