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A lake turned pink in Australia


After weeks of high temperatures and high salt levels in addition to lots of sunlight and little rainfall, the salt lake in Melbourne, Australia’s Westgate Park turned pink this week in a seasonal natural phenomenon.

That happened due to algae growing in the salt crust at the bottom of the lake that produce the red pigment (beta carotene) as part of its photosynthesis process and in response to the extremely high salt levels.

While the natural phenomenon makes the water look fascinating, Parks Victoria warns people to look and not touch.

Bioluminescent waves on the beaches of the Maldives


Maybe the most magical beach in the world!

For this spectacular phenomenon, an organism called “ostracod crustaceans” is responsible.

These ostraccods emit light for seconds to even a minute or longer, creating this fascinating view.

Lake Natron, Tanzania


Lake Natron is a salt and soda lake in the Arusha Region of northern Tanzania.

The color of the lake is characteristic. As water evaporates during the dry season, salinity levels increase to the point that salt-loving microorganisms begin to thrive. Such halophile organisms include some cyanobacteria that make their own food with photosynthesis as plants do. The red accessory photosynthesizing pigment in the cyanobacteria produces the deep reds of the open water of the lake and the orange colors of the shallow parts of the lake. The alkali salt crust on the surface of the lake is also often colored red or pink by the salt-loving microorganisms that live there.

Most animals find the lake’s high temperature (up to 60 °C) and its high and variable salt content inhospitable. Nonetheless, Lake Natron is home to some endemic algae, invertebrates, and birds. In the slightly less salty water around its margins, some fish can also survive.

Spotted Lake


Spotted Lake is a saline endorheic alkali lake located northwest of Osoyoos in the eastern Similkameen Valley of British Columbia, Canada.

Originally known to the First Nations of the Okanagan Valley as Kliluk, Spotted Lake was for centuries and remains revered as a sacred site thought to provide therapeutic waters.

Spotted Lake is richly concentrated with various minerals. It contains dense deposits of magnesium sulfate, calcium and sodium sulphates. It also contains high concentrations of eight other minerals and lower amounts of silver and titanium.

Most of the water in the lake evaporates over the summer, revealing colorful mineral deposits. Large “spots” on the lake appear and are colored according to the mineral composition and seasonal amount of precipitation. Magnesium sulfate, which crystallizes in the summer, is a major contributor to spot color. In the summer, remaining minerals in the lake harden to form natural “walkways” around and between the spots.

About United Lodge Hotel

Here we like to mix things up by offering a selection of rooms and apartments, each individually designed and updated yearly to cater to everyone’s wants and needs. Planted ideally between the eclectic and funky Harringay Green Lanes and Manor House, we can see the famous Finsbury Park alternating changing colours with the British seasons. Our unique and quirky rooms are made to provide comfort as well as provide you the feel of a homely stay. We are your home away from home.

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