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Lake Retba

Lake Retba; Also known as "Pink Lake", for the obvious reasons. This is a small lake located north of the Cape Vert Peninsula, in Senegal. The lake covers an area of approximately 1.2 sq. miles (3 sq. km). The unique coloring of the water is the result of harmless halophilic bacteria in the water. The lake possesses an extremely high saline content; as much as 40%..which is almost 1.5 times higher than that of the Dead Sea. These bacteria thrive upon the salt within the water.


The lake is quite shallow, with a maximum depth of approximately 9.8 ft. (3 ms.). The lake is also bordered by small white hills covered in shallow salt deposits, making for a visually striking contrast. The lake has been the source of a small salt mining industry by local residents since the 1970's, as a source of salt for preserving fish. The color is usually the most pronounced during the dry season, as the relative percentage of salt content rises due to evaporation. #ourbreathingplanet

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Taken on December 10, 2008