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All About Lake Retba, The Pink-Colored Lake Located In Senegal

In recent times, Lake Retba which is located in Senegal has garnered much popularity thanks to the power of social media.

The fascinating lake lies north of the Cap-Vert peninsula of Senegal which is about 30 km northeast of the capital city, Dakar.

As one of the wonders of the world, it is separated from the Atlantic Ocean only by a narrow corridor of dunes and is named for its pink waters, which are caused by Dunaliella salina algae.

The algae produce a red pigment to help them absorb sunlight, which gives them the energy to create ATP. The color is particularly visible during the dry season (from November to June) and less visible during the rainy season (July to October).

One thing that the lake is known for is its high salt content and this is mainly due to the ingress of seawater and its subsequent evaporation. Just like the Dead Sea, the lake is sufficiently buoyant that people can float easily.

Check out some photos below;

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