Imagine if someone left an ice cream to melt and drip on to the floor. That is the fantastical story we would like to believe behind the bubblegum colours of these lakes around the world. But, we’re sure science has a better explanation. Even though you can wander for hours as to what impacts the unique colours to these water bodies, we suggest you give up on any thoughts of diving into these. By Shubhanjana Das
1. Lake Hillier, Australia:
The Earth looks blue from outer space but it is for Lake Hillier’s bubblegum pink colour that we are provoked to believe there’s a pink blot on this view somewhere. A saline lake located on the edge of Middle Island, Lake Hillier’s salt content is comparable to that of the Dead Sea! The fact that the water doesn’t change colour even after taking out of the lake is something that is highly thought-provoking and scientists still debate about how to solve the mysterious ‘pink’ issue.
2. Peyto Lake, Alberta, Canada:
The Banff National Park in Canada is home to one of the country’s most talked-about attractions and is a sight of extreme natural beauty. The Peyto Lake happens to be one of them. The lake gets its turquoise colour from the rock flour content in it and is different from any of the pristine blue water bodies you may have seen till date.
3. Laguna Colorada, Potosi, Bolivia:
Translating to ‘Red Lagoon’, the Laguna Colorada in Bolivia is a shallow salt lake, which is the co-inhabitant sharing the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve, Laguna Verde, or the Green Lake. The brackish quality of the water gives it the colour of rust and makes for a landscape worth a trip to Bolivia.
4. Lake Pukaki, South Island, New Zealand:
A lake whose luminous emerald blue hue competes with the brightest blue skies, the Lake Pukaki is one astounding natural marvel. Science says that the reason behind this unusually vibrant hue is the presence of fine-grained minerals running off the nearby glaciers.
5. Lake Retba, Cap Vert, Senegal:
Imagine spilling a bottle of rose syrup in milk and water – that is the colour that Lake Retba in Senegal has. It is no wonder that it is also called Lac Rose or the Lake Rose. The presence of certain Dunaliella salina algae imparts this rosy-pink hue to the lake and we can’t deal with its sheer prettiness!
6. Kelimutu, Flores Island, Indonesia:
There’s something about crater lakes that makes them ever so mysterious, isn’t it? If the lake is perched on the summit of a volcano, then that just contributes to its beauty even more. Kelimutu in Flores Island is one sight. Even though the lakes of Kelimutu are situated at a similar location, the volcanic gas activity imparts distinct colour (and character) to each of them. Indonesia, you beauty!
7. Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, San Francisco:
We’ve had pink, blue, emerald, turquoise, and red, now let us tell you about the rainbow ponds. These salt ponds are situated in Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, which is not only the abode to a plethora of wildlife species but is a natural wonder to behold. The salt evaporation ponds here, separated by forests and marshlands, have a character of their own, which is dictated by their respective salinity levels and by the microorganisms living in them. However, for getting this majestic view, you have to fly up to the clouds.