- Pink colour in Yencheng Lake due to the algae called dunaliella salina
- It is world's third largest sodium sulphate inland lake: media reports
- Had turned blood-red last year because of the same algae
The pink colour in Yencheng Salt Lake, is due to an algae called dunaliella salina, which changes it from the original colour, making it appear green on one side and pink on the other, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
The lake, located in northern China's Yuncheng city in Shanxi province, is one of the three inland salt lakes with sodium sulfate in the world, covering an area of 132 square kilometres.
The dual-colours have lasted for many years, and the view only disappears in winter when the lake dries up. The lake was also in the news last year, when it turned blood-red because of the same algae.
According to geologists, it was formed about 50 million years ago. The salt content in it is similar to that of the Dead Sea, allowing humans to float on it, thus earning the moniker: 'China's Dead Sea'.
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