CULTURE


Miracle of Absheron Peninsula – Masazir pink lake

Baku, April 11, AZERTAC

Masazir Lake is a unique lake with the square of ten square kilometres. The colour of the lake spills majestically with bright, from agate-brown to coral-pink shades at different times during the year. It becomes attired in peachy pink in the end of spring and until the end of October. Because Masazir Lake is rich with sulphates and chlorides, it is an obvious true that salt is mined here in a big amount.

The pink colour of Masazir Lake is explained by an endless number of microscopic single-cell organisms inhabiting in lake’s waters and salt crust. This is the bacterium named “halophiles” – “salt amateurs” which becomes the reason of this biological phenomenon. Another reason of pink colour of salt chunks reminding snowy icebergs is iodine existence. There are only nine pink lakes throughout the world – and it is so nice to know that one of them is located in Azerbaijan.

 

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