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

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8 Responses to “Sierra Club magazine list of "Earth's Weirdest Landscapes"”

  1. crenquis says:

    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. chenille says:

    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. gwailo_joe says:

    From a pot of gold to a lake of Pepto Bismol…

    The times they are a changin’…

  4. EggyToast says:

    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.

    • EggyToast says:

       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.

      • kraut says:

         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

  5. Jonathan Roberts says:

    There’s another pink lake in Senegal - Lake Retba (or Lac Rose). It’s a saline lake and it sounds like the cause is similar - Dunaliella salina algae.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Retba

  6. er0ck says:

    “According too Sierra”

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