The Pink Lake

The Sasysk Salt Lake in Crimea is widely known for its dreamlike Pink waters. Situated on the shores of the Black Sea, on Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula (near the city of Yevpatoria), it is a shallow saltwater lagoon also known as Sasyk-Sivash Lake. The lagoon is spread across an area of 215km2 with a depth of 3.3 m.

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The lake turns pink as a result of microalgae that thrive in salty conditions and produce high levels of beta-carotene, a reddish pigment that protects it from the region’s intense sunlight.

For centuries the pink-tilted salt has been collected and sold the traders. Thousands of tons of pink salt is harvested and exported to Russia, the European Union, and Japan.

(Image Source: Aleksei Pavlishak, ITAR-TASS)

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