Tuz Golu, Turkey's pink salt lake

Tuz Golu
An algae colors the waters of the Tuz Golu lake Pink color. With the summer heat, the water evaporates and the plankton that normally eats algae disappears, which is why Dunaliella, the algae that causes this pinkish hue, blooms and dyes the lake, providing a spectacular natural landscape, beautiful and very unique. It is the second largest lake in Turkey, and it is one of the largest salt lakes in the world. Next we delve into this environment, even literally, to get to know better the salty, and sometimes pink, lake of Tuz Golu.

Saline lake in Turkey

Whatever the color of this lake, the landscape it offers is impressive. It has an extension of 1,500 square meters and a depth of up to two meters during most of the year; it is in summer when the water evaporates and the place becomes a salt lake, leaving this specular stamp of cracked salt flats. You can even walk on the lake ...

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A natural spectacle

In addition to supplying salt to the entire country, Tuz Golu is a declared area of ​​high protection with its impressive surroundings. The largest pink flamingo breeding colony in the Mediterranean is on islands located in the southern part of the lake. In fact, the pink color of its feathers seems to also come from the algae that will later dye the waters of this lake. They for eating it. To get there it is necessary to go through a curved road surrounded by sunflower fields, which ends at this natural spectacle of great beauty and majesty. The lake is flanked by plateaus on all four sides. An essential visit if you are touring the interior of Turkey. The lake is located in the Central Anatolia region, 150 kilometers southeast of Ankara.

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Pink salt lake - Tuz gölü - Turkey - V#149 (May 2021)


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