(IMAGES) LAKE RETBA of Senegal: A strawberry milkshake lake in the West Africa
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(IMAGES) LAKE RETBA of Senegal: A strawberry milkshake lake in the West Africa

Dakar : Senegal | Jun 04, 2012 at 10:55 PM PDT
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A so called “strawberry milkshake lake” is found in Senegal of West Africa. The Lake Retba has a pink colored water due to the high level of salt in the water that some areas containing up to 40 percent of it.

The strawberry colour is produced by salt-loving organism Dunaliella salina. They produce a red pigment that absorbs and uses the energy of sunlight to create more energy, turning the water pink as explained by Michael Danson from the University of Bath in UK.

Like in the Dead sea in Gulf floating is so easy due to high salt content as it aids in floatation. The Lake Retba was featured on Amazing Race 6 in which teams had to collect salt in a basket from the bottom of the lake floor.

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A SWIMMER FLOATS ON THE LAKE RETBA
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    Workers make their way to Lake Retba daily in a bid to collect the salt and piles of it can be seen on the banks of the shores, a newspaper reported. Like the world famous Dead Sea, swimmers can now lay back on the water and drift with ease as the...

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  • 	AN AERIAL VIEW OF THE LAKE RETBA SHOWING THE PINK COLOR

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  • 	A MAN CARRYING HIS TIN OF SALT FROM THE LAKE RETBA

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  • 	A SALTMAN IN THE LAKE RETBA

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  • 	TOPOGRAPHIC VIEW OF LAKE RETBA

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  • 	A TWO BOATS SEEN IN AN AERIAL VIEW OF LAKE RETBA

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  • 	THE VIEW OF THE LAKE RETBA

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