The mysterious pink water of Lake Hillier in Australia

The mysterious pink water of Lake Hillier in Australia

Among the most famous lakes in the world is Lake Hillier, in Australia, whose beauty is incredible because it is surrounded by a lush green forest, next to a beautiful turquoise sea. The Hillier is not the only one of Australia’s pink lakes, as there are at least three more, although not as famous.

The mysterious pink water of Lake Hillier in Australia

Lake Hillier is a pink lake on Middle Island, the largest island in the Recherche Archipelago, off the coast of Esperance. From above, the lake appears a uniform bubblegum pink.

The lake is about 600 meters long and is surrounded by a sandy rim and a lush forest of paperbark and eucalyptus trees.

No one knows exactly why the lake is pink. Scientists speculate that the color comes from a pigment created by bacteria living in the salt crust.

The mysterious pink water of Lake Hillier in Australia

The mysterious pink water of Lake Hillier in Australia

It is a real place and worth to know, its differential feature with other lakes is its pink color and curiously the same is invariable, even if you put water in a glass or transparent container you will see that the color will remain pink. The same if you take water from the surface or from the bottom, it does not change its color.

So what is the reason for its pink color? The reason is not completely known, but what is known is that the pink color of other salty water eyes like this one is obtained from the contrast produced by organisms such as Dunaliella salina and halo-bacteria, which are algae and microorganisms that live in highly saturated salt environments. They create a pigment that they use to capture sunlight.

 

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