Rare pink lake discovered in Ras Al Khaimah
Rare pink lake discovered in Ras Al Khaimah

Rare pink lake discovered in Ras Al Khaimah

A UAE student has discovered a rare pink lake in Ras Al Khaimah near the Saraya Islands in the Al Rams area.

The lake is around 40m long and 10m wide and is a stunning pink colour. Now dubbed the ‘Pink Lake,’ its quickly gone viral.

The lake is pink due to a mix of Halobacteria and algae Dunaliella salina which both love salty water. The bacteria and algae both create a red pigment, which is also why the Dead Sea is a pink colour.

Nineteen-year-old university student Ammar Al Farsi was one of the first to capture images of the lake and share them to social media.

https://twitter.com/ammar_alfarsii/status/1351048382308089856

Dr. Saif Al Ghais, Director General of the Environment Protection and Development Authority in Ras AlKhaimah, told Arabic daily Al Khaleej: “The water discolouration and its transformation to pink is due to the proliferation of red algae, which include more than 4,000 species.”

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