Sierra Club magazine list of "Earth's Weirdest Landscapes"

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Sierra Magazine posted their picks of "Earth's Weirdest Landscapes." Some I was familiar with, like the Fly Geyser in Nevada's Black Rock Desert, California's Mono Lake, and Hawaii's Kilauea volcano. But others are new-to-me strange spots that I would be delighted to explore. For example, above is Lake Hillier in Western Australia's Recherche Archipelago. Yes, it really is pink. According too Sierra, "some believe (the hue) comes from a dye produced by two microorganisms called Halobacteria and Dunaliella salina, while others suspect the red halophilic bacteria that thrive in the lake's salt deposits." Earth's Weirdest Landscapes (Thanks, Orli Cotel!)

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  1. When I first saw that pic (with the words “Sierra Club” in the title) I assumed that it was a hog farm’s waste lagoon…

  2. Some believe (the hue) comes from a dye produced by two microorganisms called Halobacteria and Dunaliella salina, while others suspect the red halophilic bacteria that thrive in the lake’s salt deposits.

    Given that Halobacteria are traditionally regarded as halophilic bacteria, up until the archaea got their own group, I wonder if these aren’t talking about the same thing.

  3. This lake looks pink even from the side. I drove by it in 2009, and although it’s not AS pink from the road beside it, it has a pink-ish hue that’s unmistakeable.

    1.  I lied, I drove by Hutt Lagoon, which is also pink, but on the western side of Australia. Incidentally, it’s slightly more accessible since you can drive there from Perth.

      1.  I appreciate your attention to detail, but, as a good approximation, anything in Oz is equally inaccessible to the rest of the world since it involves something like a 24 hour plane trip :)

        That said, having pink lakes has just notched you up several steps on my travel bucket list

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